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Sep 30, 2013 14:40 |  #1

Hello Experts,

First off, I apologize if I'm posting this in the wrong section. Admins - please move this thread if there's a more appropriate section for this topic.

I'm getting married next year and the bride-to-be wants a photobooth. Professional photobooths cost around $1,000+ and there are often time constraints with them. Given that I'm on a tight budget, I've been exploring the idea of making my own photobooth. Any advice/recommendation is greatly appreciated!

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Can someone please recommend a good user-friendly photobooth software?

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Ideally, we would like to print 6x2 prints - What's a cost efficient printer that will do the job and what kinda of printing paper should I use?


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Sep 30, 2013 14:48 |  #2

Where are you located? There are places that rent out dye sub printers for use in photo booths that will do 6x2 prints. There are a couple of options for software, here are some that I know of:

DSLRbooth (external link)

Good software, but it's a bit buggy and may require a person to run it.

Print-N-Shoot (external link)

Seems to be an easy enough program and is set up for events like your wedding.


Do you have one speedlite? Might need a little more power than that..


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Sep 30, 2013 15:02 |  #3

Kuopan - I agree that photobooths are pricey, but it's more than just the h/w you are renting. You can probably do it cheaper yourself, but the big issue is operating it. Who will run your setup for the duration of the reception?

I've seen these things in operation and those folks are very, very busy. The down side is the high cost of the booth, but the upside is that it's a production tool designed to generate a large volume of right-sized prints in an assembly line manner. You can do similar work with a stand-alone camera and s/w, but you'll need somebody who is pretty familiar with its operation and able to trouble shoot when things go wrong, or if supplies need to be replenished.

IMO - this is YOUR WEDDING, hoping the one and only, and something you should enjoy. If your fiance really wants a photo booth, hire a pro who knows what he's doing. Otherwise you will be dragged into this thing if it doesn't run smoothly; just my .02 ;)


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Sep 30, 2013 15:08 |  #4

The complexity of the setup and the number of things that can go wrong make this not a good idea I don't think, especially if this is your first time setting this up.

If I were you I'd ditch the print idea and go with a big screen TV--at some point in the evening you can then have a slideshow going off to the side of the images taken. The gratification isn't quite instant, but it works.



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Sep 30, 2013 15:11 |  #5

May I ask Kuopan why your fiance is so set on having a Photo Booth?

I agree with Chris' statement above; there are too many things that can go wrong with a DIY setup that you will hand over to others for the evening.


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Sep 30, 2013 16:47 |  #6

sapearl wrote in post #16336275 (external link)
May I ask Kuopan why your fiance is so set on having a Photo Booth?

I agree with Chris' statement above; there are too many things that can go wrong with a DIY setup that you will hand over to others for the evening.

Photo booths are very popular right now, they are a lot of fun for the people attending the wedding and make great memories for the couple....why wouldn't she want one?

I do agree that you need to turn it over to someone else to run, you don't want to have to deal with issues that may come up on your wedding day. But, they are very easy to set up and run.


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Sep 30, 2013 17:08 |  #7

I've used Lightroom to put the images onto a large screen using Secondary Display. I've avoided making prints so far. Used my old Rebel and MacBook Pro and a single strobe in a umbrella softbox.


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Sep 30, 2013 18:57 |  #8

ShotByTom wrote in post #16336500 (external link)
Photo booths are very popular right now, they are a lot of fun for the people attending the wedding and make great memories for the couple....why wouldn't she want one?.......

Well, I guess if they are the "in thing" for his area who am I to criticize. I stand corrected.


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Sep 30, 2013 19:16 |  #9

kuopan wrote in post #16336204 (external link)
Photobooth Software
Can someone please recommend a good user-friendly photobooth software?

Sorry man... user friendly + photobooth software = not yet developed :lol:

I say this in jest. I own a photo booth company, and this just seems to be the truth at the moment. Maybe you could revolutionize the industry with some smooth operating software :-)

The printer is a whole other story...

From my own experience regularly operating photo booths at weddings, I can say that whatever you might pay to rent one, is a deal compared to the effort needed to setup and operate these over the course of a reception.

Also a fully functioning photo booth is a ton of fun for your guests. Not being able to keep an eye on it - one little glitch and the fun is done or at the least becomes a hassle for you.

Look at your total wedding budget. In most cases I would venture to guess that the photo booth rental is going to be the least expensive, but most fun, part of most wedding :-)


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Sep 30, 2013 19:23 |  #10

I sometimes set up a very simple backdrop and camera on tripod for weddings - just charge a small fee and only run it for 45mins to an hour. I bring props and the photos are quite fun :)

Much cheaper than a full photo booth option for my clients which admittedly is better but costs around $750-1000.


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Oct 01, 2013 02:42 |  #11

My advice is if it's your wedding don't plan to do anything yourself on the day. If you have someone you trust to do it who's technical and knowledgeable enough, then maybe, but DIY on your wedding day is a baaad plan.


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Oct 01, 2013 06:41 |  #12

ShotByTom wrote in post #16336227 (external link)
Where are you located? There are places that rent out dye sub printers for use in photo booths that will do 6x2 prints. There are a couple of options for software, here are some that I know of:

DSLRbooth (external link)

Good software, but it's a bit buggy and may require a person to run it.

Print-N-Shoot (external link)

Seems to be an easy enough program and is set up for events like your wedding.


Do you have one speedlite? Might need a little more power than that..

Thanks for the advice Tom! I'll try the software you mentioned above and see how it goes. I'm from Toronto and I'm unsure where I can borrow a printer. That right now has been my biggest problem. With the speedlite flash, I am hoping that the one I have will suffice. If not, I can always look into borrowing one from a friend or the local store (Henrys).

sapearl wrote in post #16336255 (external link)
Kuopan - I agree that photobooths are pricey, but it's more than just the h/w you are renting. You can probably do it cheaper yourself, but the big issue is operating it. Who will run your setup for the duration of the reception?

I've seen these things in operation and those folks are very, very busy. The down side is the high cost of the booth, but the upside is that it's a production tool designed to generate a large volume of right-sized prints in an assembly line manner. You can do similar work with a stand-alone camera and s/w, but you'll need somebody who is pretty familiar with its operation and able to trouble shoot when things go wrong, or if supplies need to be replenished.

IMO - this is YOUR WEDDING, hoping the one and only, and something you should enjoy. If your fiance really wants a photo booth, hire a pro who knows what he's doing. Otherwise you will be dragged into this thing if it doesn't run smoothly; just my .02 ;)

I actually have a friend who istechnologically savy and has had past experience in photographing highschool portraits. So they will both probably monitor the setup. I don't plan on doing anything during the actual wedding day. :)

The plan is to test it out at home first with my friend. If it works smoothly, then we will put the DIY photo booth into motion. If it doesn't, we will hire a professional, haha..

ShotByTom wrote in post #16336500 (external link)
Photo booths are very popular right now, they are a lot of fun for the people attending the wedding and make great memories for the couple....why wouldn't she want one?

I do agree that you need to turn it over to someone else to run, you don't want to have to deal with issues that may come up on your wedding day. But, they are very easy to set up and run.

Photo booths are indeed very popular right now which is why my fiance wants one. The guests love it and have something to go home with. Putting the pictures up on a slideshow isn't an alternative because we would like to give the guests the actual pictures as favours.


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Oct 01, 2013 08:39 |  #13

kuopan wrote in post #16337745 (external link)
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I actually have a friend who istechnologically savy and has had past experience in photographing highschool portraits. So they will both probably monitor the setup. I don't plan on doing anything during the actual wedding day. :)......

This would solve the technical problem then Kuopan and they could probably handle most issues. You should be set. Of course they would no longer be "guests" at the wedding, having a relaxed time and enjoying the event. If they're fine with that and understand they'll be on call for several hours, it can work.

It does remind me though of friends who've asked me to shoot their weddings, bring my wife as a guest and of course: "have dinner with us, party, and enjoy a good time." I simply tell them it's one or the other. If I am asked to do a job, that is what I do.....plus my wife hates being a camera widow. ;)

I really don't think this is a good idea but I certainly wish you the best of luck and hope you have a wonderful reception.:D


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Apr 28, 2014 02:29 as a reply to  @ sapearl's post |  #14

If you not yet get married then i have one name for photo booth that is "Photoboothme". Here you can get professionals for your wedding in your budget.




  
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