A photo booth is fun for guests of all ages, and it will give your attendees something to do when they need a break from the main event. Photo booths, on the other hand, can be very expensive, ranging from $125 to $200 per hour with a 2 or 3 hour minimum. The average cost of hiring a photo booth for a wedding is $300 – $600 or more, with corporate event rates even higher due to the additional customization and branding required. By making your photo booth Chicago own photo booth, you could cut the average photo booth cost in half! Here's how to make your own photo booth.
1 Choose your lighting. Good lighting is essential for a good photo booth. A photography umbrella and spotlight (available online or at camera supply stores) diffuses the light and adds a flattering glow to your friends' faces. Natural lighting can give your photos a soft, warm glow, especially during the golden hour. Bring in artificial lighting fixtures to give your photos a unique effect if you want to elevate your lighting.
Fixtures allow you to control the temperature, color, and patterns of your lights – an especially fun addition to a whimsical photo shoot!
2 Get a camera. Although you can use almost any camera for your DIY photo booth, a high-quality camera will help to ensure that all of your photos are crystal clear. If you're on a budget, know that cameras under $100 won't have cutting-edge features or massive megapixel counts, but all of the cameras on our list are dependable, capable, and will do the basics.
3 Create a backdrop. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your creative abilities. The most common type of backdrop is a printed fabric backdrop, but why limit yourself to store-bought options? Create one that brings the photos to life. There are countless backdrop options for a DIY photo booth. When setting up your photo booth at a party, a backdrop with an exciting and cheerful tone is a great way to get guests excited for their photos. Geometric paper cutouts, glitter streamers, or flowers can also be used to create a one-of-a-kind look.
4 Choose a location. Cover any windows in the area with a dark cloth to ensure that the flash properly illuminates the photos. Place the camera on the tripod a few feet away from the wall. Frame the shot and adjust the camera's angle accordingly. Request that someone stand in front of the camera while you compose the shot. Take a look around your event space before unpacking all of your equipment and determining the best location for your photo booth setup.
5 Assemble your set-up. Once you've decided on a location, remove all wall decor and furniture from the room.