Post # 1
So the procrastinator in my decided I need to have a photobooth at our wedding on the 7th. FI is on board to buy the PVC pipe to make the self contained photobooth; however, he won’t start until we figure out the little issue of a camera. Right now we have a Nikon Coolpix S550 and although it has the smile function on it we worry that not everyone will smile, it will turn itself off, etc. We’ve researched and can’t find a shutter release for this model and are running out of time. So I turn it over to you capable ladies, any suggestions?
Post # 3
Not exactly what you have in mind, it seems, but how about an old Polaroid? It will look cute and a little retro, and the guests can put the pics in an album or scrapbook along with a message. No work for you afterwards!
Post # 4
We would love to except for the cost and apparently lack of polaroids anywhere. Thanks for the thought
Post # 5
do you have a macbook? Mrs. Bunny had a post about how to download a program to do a DIY photobooth through the camera on your macbook.
Post # 6
Date Twin! That aside…. we’re kinda going a lame-ish route – but we’re leaving disposable cameras in our photobooth zone for guests to use. Hopefully, they get the idea and leave them behind. We have a sign, props, frames and a backdrop – so it ought to be clear enough. We’re doing it more for the fun of it, than anything else – so even if the pics suck, we’re not worried about it.
Post # 7
We are both PCs lol Macs confuse me. The disposable cameras are our back ups but I would love to be able to upload them for our guests to have.
Post # 8
Well, along that idea of “for our guests to have” – one way we have enticed our guests to have fun in the booth is by adding to our sign that we would mail them copies of the pics they took after the wedding! Yeah, it’s a little delayed… but it’s an idea.
Post # 9
We used the Fuji Instax camera (a lot like Polaroid, which is discontinued) and we were really happy with it. The guests could immediately put their prints on the guestbook pages and sign next to it, and they could also take one to keep if they wanted. We have one for sale if you are interested! 🙂
Post # 10
Regarding batteries, they’ll probably run out during the wedding if the flash is on. Here’s a solution:
AC Adapter from amazon for $25.40, free shipping. I’d spring for standard shipping – no need to cut it close with the ‘super saver’ variety.
However, with your coolpix you’ll need someone pressing the shutter button. You could ask different people to take 1/2 hour shifts with the camera. That way noone gets stuck all night, and the whole thing goes smoothly.
Unfortunately, there’s no remote control available for your camera, so you can’t go that route. You also can’t use that camera (that I know of) with automated photobooth software either. If you were to find another camera (usually certain canon powershots or any of their DSLRs) you could use either a remote control or software to make the whole camera part work.
Post # 11
I’m planning on using my PC (which luckily has a built in webcam, but you can get a webcam for cheap) and this software:
Then not only can I upload all the pictures online but I’ll have a printer set up so that they get automatic prints!
Post # 12