Post # 1
I really want a photobooth, so I’ve decided to make one myself. I have a problem. Anything I see, I think I can do. "I’m at LEAST as smart as THAT guy." I tell myself. FH will not be helping me, because we can’t assemble IKEA furniture together without a fight.
Here is my idea. Let me know if you have any suggestions.
Use the BACK of this cabinet to face guests. Cut a hole for the monitor and camera.
Use the FRONT of the cabinet and shelves to hold the laptop & printer.
Use a U shaped curtain rod attached to the top like this picture below
We have software and a teenage cousin to run it. Any design/decorating ideas?
Post # 3
that’s awesome–you’re weddingbee’s MacGyver!
Post # 4
ok so there is an article in brides magazine but i can’t get it on the web… so i’m going to try to summarize from the magazine…
you need: digital camera, tripod, fabric, rope/ foam board to set up fabric, table, photo printer, photo paper, photo cards, double sided tape & extra ink cartidges
tips from article- keep it out of high traffic area but accessible… hang fabric using rope & clothespins or pin fabric to foam board… position camera on tripod about 10′ away from fabric and mark off an area on the floor where people stand… set up the printer on a table next to the camera…
the article to chose bold subtle graphics for a playful feel or more subtle designs to lend an air of sophistication… but to try to avoid printed fabrics to try to avoid the school portrait look.
the only thing the article doesn’t tell you is how to take the picture! oops 🙂 i guess just have someone in charge of that?
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2018 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA
Wow. You are ambitious!!!!!!!!! I haven’t the slightest idea how to help you, but I am so curious to know how this will work so please keep us posted!
Post # 6
My brother’s new macbook has "photobooth" features that I think would help you! The macbook included all sorts of borders and such that would make it really great looking (really professional looking). It doesn’t work well really really far away (I haven’t test the distance) or in the dark (it has a built in camera, i dunno if it has flash), you can provide light source??. If you have the macbook, you’re in luck, else it will cost you the laptop, which isn’t cheap, but definitely reusable =). Good luck..
and if you mean how to decorate the outside of the booth, then I suggest wall paper, those suckers will do the trick and won’t get too messy! They have very cute designs or you can just make it solid colors, check out home depot. You’re so cool for having the idea and motivation to get that built. =)
Post # 7
Haha I was reading this out loud and my FH got all excited. We were looking into renting one, but shelling out $1000 is a lot of our budget. Well thank god for google, look what I found:
I think this just might be HIS project.
Post # 8
I think that you can totally do it and I support you 100% – that being said I think it’s going to be WAY more expenisve to do it your way then to just rent one. I’m not so sure of the price of them where you are, but they run about $1000-$1500 here for 5 hours or so.
The ink alone will set you back several hundred dollars. These booths print hundreds and hundreds of shots a night….And though they make it seem as such… at home photo printing is not now, nor will it be for some time – as cost efficiant or as good as running off a snapshot at any of your online places or even wal mart. Not to mention it’s not archival unless you own the highest of high quality photo printers and ink which would be in the thousands just to buy.(archival meaning, in not much time, espcially if exposed to direct light i.e. hanging on the fridge or framed – it will fade.) Now I’m a photographer so I’m wee bit more picky then most so this may not actually bother you,other then the ink cost thing.
Not to mention that should this little booth of yours have a malfunction during it’s running time, who is your little cousin going to come to for help to fix it? The person who built it and knows it best….you.
I think to save some moeny and sanity I would rent one. But if you go ahead into it – I wish you all the luck in the world and hope to hear nothing but good stories about it!!! I can’t wait to see it come to life if ou do it!
Sorry to be a Debbie DOwner, I just want to make sure you look at it from all angles beofre buying up a bunch of expensive stuff..:-)
Post # 9
I saw the instructables photobooth and it is awesome. I think that is a little beyond my carpentry skills. I’m using http://www.breezesys.com/DSLRRemotePro/help/index.html?dslrremote.htm DSLR Remote $100 to run the booth and http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/powermate for the button. Instructables recommends http://www.photoboof.com for the software, it’s great but $600 if they will even sell it to you. You can rent a booth for that.
I have a macbook pro, but it will be busy during the night. My FH is a jazz muscian and needs it do something or other. At least I don’t need a band.
I really like the wall paper idea. I’m getting excited. I’ve already tested the software and its easy. Thanks for the advice sweeny! keep your fingers and toes crossed for me.
Post # 10
haha – awsome
As stated above, any new Apple Mac laptop or desktop comes with a built in camera – as long as the lighting is good, i dont see the camera having a problem taking a "decent" photo
My fiancee and I were considering a photobooth as well and it never occured to me to build my own – I am a pro Mac user (i have 3 of them) so this is definately within my grasp…
(giving this a little thought)
The Photobooth program (from Apple) that comes with all new macs that have a built in camera (macbook, macbook pro, imac — NOT mac pro’s) saves its pictures to the photos folder on the hard drive
a folder action script on the photos folder could trigger a simple automator action (another program Apple’s come with) could check the folder for new pictures, print them, move the photo to a different folder (as to not be processed twice)
make a hole in the side of the cabinet for the picture to drop out of, make sure there’s plenty of paper and the ink cartidges are full
The Photobooth program is cool in that it can do different effect (sepia, black and white, etc…) with the click a button – if your guests arent to tech savy, i’d say do not provide a mouse to change these settings – otherwise, attach the infrared remote control to a wire and to the cabinet so someone doesnt take the remote control with them – put a simple instructions on the wall saying "press ok to take the photo" and your done
i’d definately have someone monitoring the booth as you dont want someone taking 50 pictures and wasting paper / ink
should be simple enough 🙂
See Natalie (shes watching i’m sure) – this gives me reason to buy a new iMac 🙂
Post # 11
"Automator action"? Man, you’re not joking about being a Mac pro. I’m a Mac Newbie and now, my mission, is to figure out what the heck you’re talking about!!!
Post # 12
can’t you just set up a tripod for a camera and put a sheet behind it? it would be a lot cheaper. then email everyone their prints. or have people do it in the first half and have someone print them for the end.
Post # 13
I went to lowes with my dad (via blackberry) and he suggested that I use
for my photobooth. Buy 2, one for the front and one for the back. Slap some velcro around the top to create a poor man’s slip cover (he knows my sewing ability). Put up a rod between the two units and I’m good to go. The accent fabric (table overlays and whatnots) is burlap so its not like the fabric is going to break the budget.
The shelves will hold laptop, camera, monitor (so guests can see themselves), and printer. Its plastic so it can be set up and down quickly. I’m going to try it this week. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Viva le DIY!
Post # 14
What ever you do, do not rent from a company called rentphotobooths.com or Rolland Elliott. His photobooths are made of a cheap materials and they break down. I made the mistake of renting from him, and the photobooth was barely operational for a little more than half the night. He also sent an inexperienced and young "technician" who forgot the power cable for the photo printer and instead of using the banner I designed, he advertised his companies’ name on the bottom of the strip. I have been trying to contact him for the past 2 months to get at least some of my money back and the cd of photos the contract included, but he is unresponsive. If you look him up on the BBB, he has more than 8 complaints against him.
Post # 15
you could also do online photo sharing for people that bring digital cameras. they are pretty popular these days. try theweddinglens.com or photobucket or flickr.
Post # 16
My husband and I recently set up a "photo booth" at a wedding…. it wasn’t an actual booth, but we set up a backdrop and lights and had guests come and get their picture taken during the cocktail hour and reception – it was the hit of the night.
We call our co. Rock Star Weddings, so if you’re interested in having a "photo booth" but for a fraction of the price, send me a message and let me know! We are located in the Nashville area but will travel. Here’s a sample of some of the photos!