Welcome to Part Two of my DIY Photo Booth Tutorial where I’ll tell you all about the diy photo booth equipment I used.
In Part One, I covered required materials as well as (1) picking the location, (2) photo booth backdrop, (3) photo booth decor, (4) photo booth props, and (5) photo booth rules.
In Part Two, here in this article, I’ll focus on Step 6 and 7, and tell you how I handled the diy photo booth equipment and set up – i.e., the DSLR camera and tripod set up, lighting, and viewing / sharing the photos.
If you’re new to this tutorial, you might first want to see Step 1 through 5, by clicking the picture below…
Step 6: DIY Photo Booth Equipment
OK, so now your diy photo booth is simply gorgeous (see Steps 1 through 5).
But what about the photos, right?
Well, you’ll need to make a couple of choices about diy photo booth equipment.
The first thing you need to decide is whether you want the booth to be ‘manned’ (or womanned, lol) by a photographer, or whether you’ll mount your DSLR camera on a tripod.
I decided to use a tripod because (a) I have a tripod (b) I had other things to worry about at the party than playing photographer.
Also, I think participants let their guard down when there’s no photographer yelling “say cheese!”.
And that means you’ll get goofier, funnier photos which is what a photo booth is all about!
Case in point:
Before you decide on the final spot for the tripod, have somebody be your test participant.
Find the perfect height and position for the tripod to get your best shots. If the subjects are going to sit on a bench, make sure your tripod is at that height. Just sayin’.
‘Cause I can’t imagine the disappointment of reviewing your diy photo booth pics after the party, only to find that you’ve over-shot everybody’s faces!
Also, I highly recommend taping down your tripod to the floor, especially if you are dealing with excited kids.
That’s a whole lotta camera sitting atop your tripod, so you’ll want to protect your diy photo booth equipment!
(OK, so maybe I overdid with the tape, ya think?!?)
Whatever route you choose, the next decision you need to make about your diy photo booth equipment is lighting.
This is especially important if your photo booth doesn’t get much natural light.
As I mentioned before, this birthday party was in the evening and in our basement which gets little natural light at the best of times.
Still, I was reluctant to use a flash because I don’t like the harsh shadows that a flash can cause.
I added some ambient lighting with a little lamp on the prop table, and the string of lights on the backdrop.
That was actually enough, and I didn’t need to add my flash or spot lighting.
Because every space has it’s own variables, I’d recommend testing out different lighting scenarios in advance of your actual event.
If you do need to use a flash, I’d definitely use a flash diffuser to soften up the shadows.
Now you are probably wondering how the picture gets taken, right?
Well, if you opt to go the tripod route which is what I did, I have a great tip for you!
When pulling together your diy photo booth equipment, you’ll also want to invest in a nifty little $25 accessory for your DSLR.
It’s a remote control that releases the shutter on your camera, called a remote shutter release.
I mean seriously, I take a gazillion photos…how did I not know about something so utterly fantastical?
I should mention that this thing is smaller than an Apple TV remote (if that’s even possible), so if you don’t want to lose it in the midst of all the photo booth fun, I’d recommend doing something like this which worked like a charm…
To get the remote shutter release to work, once your camera is on the tripod, you’ll need to change your DSLR’s settings to remote shooting mode.
You’re thinking, “Say wha?”, aren’t ya? I thought the same thing when I read about it, but it was simple.
- On my Nikon, I clicked my ‘Menu’ button, and then selected ‘Shooting Mode’.
- I scrolled down and then selected Quick Response Mode.This meant that the photo would be captured immediately once a photo booth participant clicked the remote.
- I don’t know what the settings would be for a Canon, but I’m sure you’d find an answer with a quick Google search.
- When photo booth subjects came into to space, they’d grab the remote, get situated on the bench, get goofy, and click when they were ready to take the pic.
- It seriously was as easy as that.
Step 7: Photo Viewing & Sharing
I racked my brain trying to figure out how I might display or process the photos during the party so that the girls could see them before they went home.
There were certainly a few feasible options, like tethering my laptop to the camera.
But ultimately, I decided that I’d have to be superwoman to make that happen with everything else I had on my plate (food, games, etc.). So instead, I opted for a less stressful alternative.
I reviewed the photos over the following few days, and did some light cropping of the ones that were off-center .
Then I put them all together in a little slide show using Windows Movie Maker, uploaded it to my Drop Box, and e-mailed the link to the party participants. It was a fun little party memento that Miss G will surely cherish. I also plan to put the photos in a little album for her.
To make photo strips, I simply grouped photos with the same participants, and used a free photo editing program like PicMonkey to pull them into a collage.
So there you have it: everything you need to know about how to make a diy photo booth!
This is such a fun idea for any occasion – birthdays, weddings, family reunions, and more.
I promise you’ll end up with truly memorable photos!
Did I leave anything out? If you have questions, I’ll try my very best to answer them. Just shoot me a line in the comments section!
Until next time,