Although I’m what I consider to be an amateur photographer, I get asked to do a photo shoot every now and then by friends or family members.
Just as well, when my family has a birthday party, special anniversary, reunion, or holiday party, I am typically the one elected to take pictures.
I’ve been filling in on these things for close to 5 years now and feel like needed to be the year that I tried something new. So after three hours of searching the internet, I have decided to build a photo booth to make things a lot more interesting. It will be a surprise for my family and I cannot wait to see how they react.
I learned a lot about DIY photo booths during my research and felt as though it would make a good blog entry to share this information. Photo booths seem to be a popular means of entertainment these days and there are so many different ways to build them, and not for a ton of money I might add. Here is the best information I came across that will ensure you have an functioning set-up for your very own photo booth.
Your photos will obviously need lighting, so you will need a source bright enough to clearly capture the shot. Desk lamps with movable necks can work well for this when using LED bulbs. Also, you will need a prop for the light to bounce off of, so a white umbrella will do.
Digital cameras can work for this as well as ipads and iphones if you’re on a budget. Use a tripod to position whatever you are using in front of your booth. Set the light right behind the camera to reduce shadows and shine.
We set the aperture to 125 ISO to capture quick and clear shots.
3. Props & Costumes
You can’t go wrong with a box full of props. Cheap props can be found in dollar stores and sometimes in party stores. If you plan enough ahead of time, you can even get lucky and find props and costumes for cheap online and in larger quantities. The more you have to choose from, the better.