Over the past few years photo booths have taken off in popularity. They have become a fixture in the wedding scene. They range in shape, size, functionality and much more. As a result there have been many wedding blogs on how to make your own DIY photo booth. Today let’s look at what it actually takes to make your own DIY Photo booth. We show the hidden truths these DIY blogs sometimes leave out.
DIY Photo Booth: What It Takes To Make One
A DIY Photo Booth is cost-effective (this is the whole reason for them). Instead of paying a professional, you can build it from items in your own home. A lot will depend on what’s in your home, as many blogs try to find many household items. Many of the items required such as a computer, camera (DSLR or webcam) and printer are available at home. There are even some apps that you can use your existing tripod with an iPad for a ‘selfie’ booth.
There are many DIY photo booth guides on how to build one. They range depending on the style, your skillset, space for storage and patience to build it. Many of these setups will use a mobile phone, tablet /iPad or webcam. Many wedding blogs promote using a webcam because they are cheap. Unless the area is well lit, they don’t do too well with dark shots. Webcam shots are generally (quality-wise) well below smartphones, generally grainy and blurry. Mobile apps are also available for you to download and use, but again, you are limited by the fact its a phone.
When it comes to printing some guides, say to use your bubble jet and to use photo paper. The downside is that they can be quite slow to print, especially if you have a queue of people waiting to use it. Combine that with a webcam, and you will have slow printing substandard photos. The other route is to use one of the many photo booth apps for iPad and Android tablets. These only cost a few dollars, but the downside is your guests do not get a printout.
You may need to go to a hardware store to buy material to build a frame for the booth. A trip to a party store is a must to buy the props. Make sure you have plenty of props for your guests to have fun with during the event 🙂
Transportation is required to get it to your wedding venue, set it up and pack it away at the end of the night. Depending on your design, you may need someone to man the booth, check for paper jams, system crashes, re-arrange props, and so on.
What Isn’t Mentioned
A lot of DIY photobooth blogs will very conveniently leave out specific facts to make their figures more appealing or simpler than it actually is. A lot of the time, they only account for the materials in the house but not additional expenses. A great example is the time taken travel-wise travel-wise to/from the stores, petrol and so on. If you are under a time crunch, then building a DIY photo booth may not be ideal.
One thing never mentioned is testing and troubleshooting of your DIY booth. You may have everything set-up at home and taken 1-2 test shots but have you spent time to iron out all the bugs. Unexpected crashes, things falling out of place, simplifying it for your guests are all things that need to be ironed out. The last thing you want is for your photo booth to stop work during the event, guests confused on how to use it or inadvertently shutting it down due to a non-user friendly set-up.
That’s A Wrap
A DIY booth can save you money, but it will take 1 to 2 weekends of your time. It’s a great way to build something with some friends, family or your partner. I suggest if you do one thing, use a decent camera as it will make a big difference (borrow one if you need to). If you have the time, skill and logistical help it’s a great solution. But if you don’t have the time, skills or have butterfingers, then get a professional. If you have your heart set to build your own DIY photo booth, then good luck!
If you do not think it is for you, then you can always contact us and inquire about our open-air photo booth. It comes with an attendant for every booking, and everything’s taken care of from start to finish. Check out some of the fun photo booth shots taken from past events. We also use a DSLR camera and have plenty of props 🙂
Check out the links below to see what other options there are for photo booths:
- Types Of Photo Booths
- What To Look For In Photo Booths
- DIY Photo Booth: What It Really Takes To Make One – You Are Here
- Open Air Photo Booth: What Is It?
- Photo Booth Options For Weddings
- Photo Booth Options For Corporate Functions
What are your thoughts on making your DIY photo booth? Would you rather hire one from a professional or make your own? Is the time spent worth the cost-saving? Comment down below 🙂