Photo booths are all the rage at parties and weddings these days. Not only are they a blast, but they allow guests to leave the party with unique and memorable favors. Some hosts even print two copies of each photo so that they can assemble an album to document their event.
While rental fees for real photo booths can be prohibitive, savvy users need little more than a laptop or tablet computer (and some funny glasses) to create their own photobooths for free using this tutorial found at Mommy Poppins.
The thing that makes photo booths so much fun is that they allow users to pair multiple shots and print them onto strips immediately. To do this at home, all you need is special photo booth software. There are lots of free or cheap and simple options to choose from to turn smartphones, iPads, laptops, desktops, and DSLR cameras into photobooths.
Photo Booth Software
Sparkbooth costs about $50, but it allows users to turn any computer with a webcam into a photo booth. Users who prefer to use a DSLR can use dslrBooth for about the same price.
Pocketbooth only costs about $1. It’s simple to use and creates photo booth layouts that can be emailed, shared on Facebook, downloaded to photo libraries, or printed and mailed to guests after the party.
Doing it Right
Once you have the software nailed down, it’s time to flesh out your photo booth experience. You can use wrapping paper or even an old sheet for a simple backdrop, a plain wall may work for you as well. If your party has a theme, you can select props and dress-up clothes to complement it.
Otherwise, you should still gather some fun props for guests to use, as this really elevates the photo booth experience and yields the most fun photos. Hats, scarves, masks, sunglasses, and fake mustaches are all classic photo booth props that you can gather on a budget.
The most difficult part of getting the photo booth experience right for your party could be the lighting. Professional photobooths have strobes so that they can get a clear shot with no shadows.
Once you have your photo area set up, take a few test shots to see how you like the lighting. If you could use more light, try placing a few lamps at different angles to the camera and keep fiddling until you get the best effect.
Now that you have the perfect photo booth setup for your party, all that remains is for you and your guests to have fun. To get guests in the mood, snap a few shots of yourself or family members before they arrive so that they can get an idea of what can be done and build on your creativity from there.
Photo booths are great for holiday parties, events or even weddings. Create and share fun memories at your next party by making your own photo booth.
- By Jennifer Thayer
Jennifer Thayer is a technology writer who enjoys writing about gadgets, apps and the latest technology news. She enjoys finding fun and creative uses for technology. Follow her on Twitter to see what she comes up with next.