(Closed) DIY Photobooth?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m tagging along on your post, as I also have this question.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m doing a low-tech one, which involves friends operating the camera.  Here is a link.

Post # 8
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2009

You have a few options.  Having someone operate the camera will work, but you loose the “privacy” factor and that’s one reason photo booths are so much fun.  

First off- I own an entertainment company and we have 4 photo booths that I personally built over the past year after a lot of trial & error.  I know the reason most of you are here is because a professional photo booth didn’t fit in the budget and I understand because they’re very expensive to build and operate, let alone rent.  

I’m getting married in Cancun in a couple months and I put a lot of thought into how I would get a photo booth to my wedding because it’s a MUST HAVE.  Shipping one is out of the question so I have built a portable unit that uses a laptop computer, a camera on on a tripod, and some pvc pipe & drape.

In our professional booths we use Canon digital SLR cameras, however, if you have a compatible non-slr camera you can use a program called PSRemote, which you can download here http://www.breezesys.com/PSRemote/.  Your camera must be on the supported cameras list though or you’ll be out of luck.  Figuring out the software is going to take some time, and designing a print background will take you 4 or 5 hours.  Otherwise you can go with the plane white print background that comes out automatically.

I would refrain from printing them on-site with an inkjet printer.  In our photo booths we use Dye Sublimation printers that run $1,800-$2,200 depending on the unit.  Ink Jet is all bad because it easily smears when it gets moist.  Your guests will take the print and put it in their pocket or purse.  If it ends up in their pocket, when they dance or do anything the moisture from their sweat will cause the print to smear in their pocket and it will be ruined.  Dye-Sublimation printers don’t have this issue and are waterproof.  For my wedding we aren’t going to be printing the photo booth picturesthere….  we’ll print and mail them out with our thank-you cards when we get back home.

In our professional booths we use the DSLR version of PSremote, which gives you the option to save a copy of all the prints to the computer.  I belive the standard psremote version will do the same, so you will have a digital copy of all the images for reprinting later. You can take a look at our website if you want some print background ideas, or want to see the capability of psremote.  www.encorephotobooths.com.

Photo booths are the greatest thing ever, good luck with your project.  Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll see what I can do to help.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

dj encore, the reviews I have seen on the Epson PictureMate Personal Photo Printer (which is what we have) suggest that it will not smear–that the photos come out of the printer immune to both smearing and fingerprints.  Has your experience with that specific printer been otherwise?  I do understand that the quality of the photos will not be as good as on the more expensive printer you have, but I’d like at least to be able to give guests immediate copies of their photos (to put in favors like bookmarks and magnets).  They will also be able to get better copies later by downloading the photos.

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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

we are doing a very low-tech version of a photobooth as a guestbook substitute.  our wedding is outside.  we’ve got twin oaks that we are going to string a clothesline between and hang a backdrop from with clothespins.  i have a nice big backdrop, but if i didnt i’d use a sheet.  you can buy backdrops inexpensively online too, google something like discount photography backdrop.  then we are putting a tripod out there, and a camera either set on self-timer so they just have to press the shutter and get in place or squeeze a shutter cord.  we are going to put a chalkboard out and some hats or silly props so if anyone wants to write a message or whatever they can.  we’ll upload them and print them and put them together in a guestbook album for us and send them a copy after the honeymoon.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - Carlouel Yacht Club

I’m making my own! Definitely planning on blogging about it as the project progresses, but as of now the only thing i have on my blog are my inspiration photos!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

My fav DIY photobooth is actually The Image Is Found’s Crazy Booth.  They basically set up a backdrop and maybe some lights, and invite people to get their photo taken there, like Sears, but a CRAZY pose.  (If you look through their examples, you’ll see.)  Your photographer may be able to coordinate this for you. 

http://www.theblogisfound.com/index.cfm?catID=16

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I was considering just buying a few polaroid instant cameras, putting a family member in charge of getting guests to take each others pics during the cocktail hour, and provide a book to place the pics with space to leave comments. My wedding venue is a very ornate building so it will provide for a good backdrop for pics. I also love the crazybooth idea.

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Chirico– That’s what we’re doing too.  So far, the cheapest film I’ve been able to find will cost us around $250.00 for 200 pictures plus the cost of the polaroid camera.  Have you found lower cost film anywhere?

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Keep an eye out on Ebay for film. You can use 779 as well as 600 film, but be sure to note the expiration date. I am still shopping around, and since I am not getting married until next August I have time to bargain hunt. I also have my family members stopping into yard sales, because unfortunately I do not think Polaroid makes instant film anymore in the US…I did hear they are making it in Amsterdam. Anyways…I now realize film is not as easy to come by. My idea to use a Polaroid has turned into a not so cheap option. I am still torn. Have you seen the Polaroid Pogo?

http://products.polaroid.com/index/1848.0.61264.0.0.0.0

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