Post # 1
I am planning on doing a Fauxto Booth at my reception with a nice DSLR camera on a tripod with a remote, so that part I have down, but I am curious from anyone else who has constructed one, how did you do it?
Specifically, did you use a fabric backdrop? How much fabric did you need? How did you hang your fabric? Did you need extra lights or was the flash enough?
Post # 3
We bought a piece of fabric that is about 5′ wide and 8′ long (my groom is 6’3″ so it has to be long and hung high). We attached ribbons to it that we are going to tie to hooks along the wall. We are using the ones that you can stick on and remove at the end of the night (cleared with our venue). After talking to a lot of people and photographers, we decided to rent one light from our photographer who will help us set up. We were told more than once that if you use the flash on your camera it will drain your battery pretty quickly and it may not last the night!
Post # 4
@ladyox– Thanks for the tip about the flash and battery life! I’ll have to look into that!
Post # 5
I think a fabric background is a must unless you have a pretty area in your venue that you can set it up in front of.
Lights would be good so you can light people from both sides instead of using just your flash which could create shadows. I think you can find or make something that would work for very very cheap though.
Post # 6
Now I am feeling good about the backdrop, but am a little worried about the lighting… hmmm
Post # 7
We’re renting a backdrop from the hotel and setting up a SeeMonkey booth in the ballroom. Camera, printer, lighting, etc. We have a basket of props too.
Post # 8
If the fauxtobooth is set up in an area that is already well lit, the camera flash should be plenty. Have you considered an attached flash with a softener (like a piece of vellum) over it? I think I might be a bit worried about harshness from the general camera flash.
Here is the inspiration for our booth. We’re not using pro cameras, though; we’re using disposables and printing later. Not quite a fauxtobooth – but good enough for us. I am making burlap table runners and will have fabric leftover, so I figured I’d do this.
Post # 9
I haven’t had mine yet but I originally was going to make my own backdrop out of pvc piping but my friend is lending me the frame and tripod and I am using a curtain from my bedroom as a backdrop.
As for battery power, I am ordering an ac adapter from ebay so I don’t have to worry about the camera.
Setting up my photobooth in a well lit area but if that doesn’t work, I may end up bringing a lamp.
I also wanted to get a camera printer so that my guests could print out their photos but unless someone was managing this, the not so technically inclined would have problems so I opted for a digital frame and will ask a friend to swap out the SD cards every so often so the guests can see pictures that have been taken throughout the night.
When I send out my Thank you cards, I will send the guest a copy of the picture that was taken.