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Make Your Own Wedding Photo Booth
By Snapshot Pod™
Photo booths have become extremely popular for wedding receptions. And why not, they are fun for all ages and a great way to keep guests entertained and happy throughout your special event. However, if you find commercial photo booth rental prices a little steep for a practical bride’s budget, you can still have your very own photo booth with a spark of creativity and a little elbow grease.
Basically, a photo booth consists of a camera (which may or may not be attached to a computer), a backdrop and an instant printer. A computer may be necessary to produce a single photo containing a series of shots. Here are a few handy tips on how to assemble your very own wedding photo booth.Tip: If you’ve got a vintage Polaroid camera or Fuji Instax lying around, load it up with film and have a blast with an old school photo booth. It is great for outdoor receptions and also perfect for rustic-themed weddings.
Printer. Color printers are handy for DIY brides, so this one is a bonus. Just make sure to check on the ink levels and to pile up the photo paper at the sides to ensure that the fun lasts all night long.
Computer and software. You’ll need a computer, notebook, laptop or even an iPad and suitable software. If you are using a Macbook or an iPad consider software such as Automator. For Windows users, programs like Seemonkey are available for download and can also be used with the laptop’s own built-in camera. Play around with the software and learn the actual picture-capturing process before the wedding day itself.
Camera. If an external camera is utilized, attaching a digital camera to the computer is easy. You can use the camera’s own sync cord and the photos can be transferred instantly. Any digital camera will do, compact point-and-shoots are easy to handle, but digital SLRs can deliver greater quality photos. Invest in a sturdy tripod to avoid mishaps with big groups crowding the photo booth. Also, remote shutter control is a handy tool that allows for the guests to take the photos themselves – no attendant or assistance needed to count to three and click.
Backdrop and props. There are dozens of great ideas for photo booth backdrops, you can use a wide tablecloth with a catchy pattern or have tarpaulin printed to perfectly match your wedding decor. This is where it gets fun and creative, for props you can supply guests with mustaches, speech bubble boards, glasses and even colorful masks. There is no limit to how many you can create. Prepare big wooden frames that can be used by big groups for a picture-perfect moment.
Before the wedding day, assemble the system and try a run-though to ensure everything is working right. At the reception, all you’ll have to do is hook it up and then get ready to flash your pearly whites while partying the night away.
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