Here’s a fact of life: We love to buy things. But buying poses a risk that is why people are afraid to do so. Fear is the strongest objection you will ever have to deal with. Behind such objection are the questions as: What will happen if I bought something and things go wrong? What will be the consequences?
These are especially true when deciding which photo booth to buy, there are many considerations. Of course you must be in love with the look of your booth. If you don’t love the booth, neither will your customers, family or friends. But there is more than just the looks. Here are the things that you need to know before buying a photo booth.
1. CHOOSE YOUR STYLE
This is one of the most important aspects you should consider before buying. WHY? Storage space, transportation, and budget will depend much on the style of photo booth that you want. Curtain style, Open-air and Traditional Sit-Down are just the three most common types of booth.
Curtain style– The curtain style booth is the modern portable adaptation of the Traditional Booth. Rather than being a heavy wooden or steel or structure, the majority of the booth is made up of the curtain, and all parts are constructed to be portable and easily set-up or broken-down in under an hour.
Open Air– Open photo booths are just as they sound – open for all to see. Like the enclosed photo booths, open photo booths for hire come in all different styles but they generally allow for more people than the enclosed photo booths.
Traditional Sit-Down- Many of these photo booths for hire have a seat or bench and are made to comfortably fit two to three people. They have been known to fit a great deal more – albeit uncomfortably. Due to the weight of all steel construction, transporting these rental photo booths up flights of stairs can prove challenging.
2. PURCHASE THE PROPER SOFTWARE
You will need a good software package to run your photo booth. If you are not a software engineer by trade it is HIGLY recommended that you purchase your photo booth software from a software vendor. Choose software that has touch screen capability, green screen capability, and functions quite easily that suits your needs. There are softwares that have a video as an option along with color or black and white photo options. Here are a few available out there:
- Breeze Systems Photo Booth Software
- Photoboof Photo Booth Software
- Darkroom Software Booth
3. GATHER EXTRA PAPER AND INK SUPPLIES
Running out of such supplies on the job can hinder the flow of an event.
TIP: It is a good idea to have at least two refills available for both ink and paper to prevent emergency supply runs while on the job.
4. CHOOSE YOUR PRINTER
When it comes to selecting a photo booth printer there are two main options to choose from, Dye-Sublimation (Dye-Sub) or Ink-Jet.
Ink Jet prints can have amazing color, but usually don’t have the durability of Dye Sub prints. Dye Subs fuse a thin glossy laminate on each photo which protects the print from discoloration from UV light and the air, while also rendering the print water-resistant.
Dye Sub prints emerges completely dry from the printer so there’s no chance of smudging your photos. They’ll hold up to any water or spills on tables at your event, and don’t fade in the sun the way Ink Jet prints can.
- TIP 1: Dye Sub printers often print twice as fast as an Inkjet printer. The speed of the printer directly affects your Photo Booth experience.
- TIP 2: Most professional photo booth companies use Dye Sub printers.
As you can see there is a lot to consider when deciding to BUY a photo booth and we have only touched on the hardware and software considerations. There is also the consideration of operating as an independent or joining a franchise. Let us not forget there is also the whole business side of things. Pricing, costs, insurance, legalities, etc. True, there really is a lot to consider and we hope these will help you to decide better.
If you are looking to hire a photo booth you can contact us on 08 8120 2771.