(Closed) Need help with the logistics of a faux-to-booth

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@kmarie719:  My main question is why are you having to do the legwork in figuring it out?  If it’s something you’re paying your photographer for they should be the ones responsible for it.

We have run a Fauxtobooth in the past.  Not having a printer is totally fine, as long as the guests have an easy way to get the photos non-printing is a much cheaper way of going.  And really if you are going to have an on-site printer they are expensive and heavy to lug in. A standard printer won’t be able to handle the volume, you need a dye-sub one and they are expensive.

A standard set up could include a camera, lens, remote shutter control, laptop, additional monitor, and one to two studio lights with softboxes or umbrellas.  The software looks pretty solid for the price, but I haven’t used it personally.

Two main things- 

1. Battery operated speedlites will not cut it for a fauxtobooth.  You really need a studio type flash that can fire pretty rapidly and at the same strength each time.

2. You absolutely need someone there to be responsible for setting it up, monitoring it, and tearing it down.  All it takes is one drunk guest setting their drink on the laptop and spilling it and it’s end of story.  Plus if there is an error with the camera the primary photographer has better things to do than troubleshoot it.  We always bring a booth operator when we offer them.

Post # 8
790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I do a “fuax” booth. Didnt know what I had was a fuax booth! I had mine before all these “booth” companies hit the market. lol

I set up a backdrop to match the wedding with props and an attendant. No onsite printing, a gallery is made for everyone to share and purchase prints if they want to. I do use a wireless shutter remote so my attendant can interact with everyone better. I’ll one of my good speed flashes that recycles quickly if I dont have a power option at the venue to use a studio light. You cant use a cheaper speed flash its just going to misfire, the recycle time will not be quick enough for a booth.

When equipment is involved I highly advise using an attendant.. You need someone around to watch stuff and to make sure everything stays working.. You are also going to need enough light so you’ll need an umbrella or the like to spread the light. If you have props they get messy and the attendant will keep the area tidy.

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