- 5 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013
Early on in the planning process, before I even knew much about weddings, I knew I wanted a photobooth faux-to-booth. Rather than an actual booth that fits 2-3 people, I wanted to create a backdrop for people to stand in front of. We’ve all seen them by now.
I’m trying to figure out the logistics and how to work with our photographer on this. Specifically this is just about the camera/monitor/functioning, and not about creating the actual booth.
Even if my photographer doesn’t want to use one of her own cameras, I have a DSLR I would use and a remote. I don’t have a flash. She already knows this is something I want, but we haven’t discussed it much further than that.
I need advice though, I would really prefer this to be something that doesn’t need to be monitored and won’t require a remote. I found some affordable software online that may do the trick (http://www.dslrbooth.com/ $50), and I still need to download the trial, but does anyone have any experience with it? This would require a laptop, instead of a monitor, I wonder if the screen would be too small?
Who would set this up? The second shooter? I can’t be at my venue more than 45 minutes in advance, so I can’t set it up. I think I can give directions to the DOC, but not on how to set up the lighting and the proper settings for good exposure etc.
Also, I’m considering not setting up a printer, and making these available to order online later. Would that sway you? I worry people would kind of lose interest, or not bother ordering their prints. The reason I don’t want a printer is again, to be low maintenance. If possible, I’d prefer someone doesn’t have to stand there to maintain ink and paper levels and I don’t really want to have to worry about it throughout the night.
Here is an example of a faux-to-booth that is offered by a photographer. As you can see there seems to still be an element of surprise in the pictures, in that some people don’t always look ready when it goes off, just like an actual photobooth. (unfortunately the site is flash, but if you go to portfolio, and photobooth, you’ll see what I am referring to)
Thoughts on the software? Suggestions? Response to any of the above questions appreciated!