How To: DIY Photo Booth
Give your guests lasting memories with a DIY Photo Booth
You've spent hours planning your party, make sure you and your guests will remember it for a lifetime!
booths are a great way to encourage your guests to take and share the
pictures that will keep the memory of your party fresh for years to
come. Setting up a photo booth is easy and affordable and by following
these 5 guidelines it will be picture perfect!
- Choose the location for your photo booth carefully:
- It should be out of any main traffic areas, but not hidden away.
- The space should provide enough room for four to five people to group together.
- Provide enough room for your party models to move into the space without tripping over cords, tripods, or any other obstacles.
- The location should allow you to hang a backdrop on a wall or from a curtain or shower rod.
- Make sure that any tape, pins, tacks, etc. won't mar walls when removed.
- Avoid shiny surfaces in the area to limit odd reflections.
- Provide a table or shelf for props, photo frames and costume
pieces, as well as a clear space to set down drinks or plates of food
while taking the picture.
- Will you use a dedicated camera, or set up a phone or tablet?
- Regardless of what you use to take the pictures, make sure it's attached to a solid, stable support.
- If using a dedicated camera, you have a few options for snapping
the picture including remote shutter release cable, wireless remote, and
- If using a phone or tablet, make sure it's set to use the front facing camera and that the shutter is set for a timed release.
- Lock the focus.
- Whichever format you decide on, hang step-by-step directions on the camera mount.
- Lighting should be diffuse.
- If possible, light the background separately from the area where your guests will stand or sit.
- Provide a soft back-light that won't show in the photo, and a soft
front light to avoid harsh shadows or reflections from shiny objects or
- If you don't have room or equipment for separate back and subject
lighting, place a few standing lamps with shades behind the camera
- If you have white/light ceilings and walls, it's possible to bounce
diffused light using a few up-lighting torchiere style lamps.
- Set the camera flash to auto to fill in where needed.
Props and Accessories
- It's the extras that make a ho-hum photo fun!
- Provide photo props that match the theme of your party.
- Have a large enough selection for five people to have several choices.
- Include costume accessories and pieces to help everyone channel their inner party persona.
- Choose a hash-tag to use for social sharing.
- If you're posting to your own social, photo share, or blog account
be sure to let everyone know the address and when the photos will be
- Include sharing info in the directions sheet on the camera support.
- Consider adding an additional device to live-stream your photo booth. (If you do, make sure everyone knows the stream is live.)
- Consider providing a hard copy for everyone as a take-home favor.
PartyCheap has the costumes, photo props, themes, instaviews and more to make your photo booth the most remembered part of the party!