Lolerskates84
Super August 2016

DIY Photo booth with no camera?

Lolerskates84, on August 16, 2016 at 11:51 AM Posted in Community Conversations 0 23
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Is this a dumb idea? I have an old iPad 2 but it has no flash so idk if that would work for a photo booth? Can I just provide the backdrop and props and hope people will use their phones and social media to share?

Orrr should I buy a lamp?

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Latest activity by Krystal, on August 16, 2016 at 3:35 PM
  • Going to the chapel
    Master July 2017
    Going to the chapel ·
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    I guess I don't see the purpose of a photobooth if you don't have a camera. I've always thought that the wedding couple would want copies of the photos to help remember the day and their guests.

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  • 5starFM
    VIP January 2017
    5starFM ·
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    Sounds more like a step and repeat. Just a backdrop for photos if people want to take them on their own and want a nice background. I wouldn't call it a photobooth unless you are providing the camera.

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  • R&B2016
    VIP October 2016
    R&B2016 ·
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    The lamp will leave a weird cast of light on one side of the photo. It's not a photobooth without a camera. Buy a camera or skip it!

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  • Lolerskates84
    Super August 2016
    Lolerskates84 ·
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    I would like them to share it by using our hashtag or wedpics...I can put up a sign or something (?)

    What if I called it a selfie station instead of photobooth?

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  • LaKessia
    Super October 2016
    LaKessia ·
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    If their is not a camera, tablet or cellphone at the table I'm not sure of the point. We bought an instax camera with some rewards that I had so we are using that for ours.

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  • BeachBride2016
    Master November 2016
    BeachBride2016 ·
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    I don't think people will get this.

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  • CatBones
    Expert July 2020
    CatBones ·
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    You can call it a selfie station because that would be more accurate. I've never heard of one at a wedding and would probably not use it. It would seem like the couple were too cheap to get a real photo booth. Guests are going to take photos anyway, why not just skip the whole thing?

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  • Lolerskates84
    Super August 2016
    Lolerskates84 ·
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    Okay, so ipad and lamp is out of the question?

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  • Lolerskates84
    Super August 2016
    Lolerskates84 ·
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    @catbones...tru tru...

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  • BeachBride2016
    Master November 2016
    BeachBride2016 ·
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    Correct - just skip this idea unless you plan on having an actual working camera available.

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  • JBach
    VIP September 2016
    JBach ·
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    I've seen it done at weddings, I wouldn't worry about the ipad or lamp. Call it a selfie station and have fun props.

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  • Ro
    Expert July 2017
    Ro ·
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    Ditto, as Jessica. We had a selfie station at our community health fair last year, and parents had a great time taking silly pictures of their kids wearing pirate hats and swinging swords and the rest of it. It didn't cost very much either. We ordered (admittedly crappy) paper cutouts of masks and things, as well as inexpensive prompts (hats, swords, boas, etc) and constructed a backdrop out of PVC piping and plastic table cloth.

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  • Lolerskates84
    Super August 2016
    Lolerskates84 ·
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    Ok, good to know it's been done before!

    I do have a standard camera...has anyone done anything like this?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdKNP1qSFT8

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  • Stephanie and Jazmin
    Savvy November 2016
    Stephanie and Jazmin ·
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    Sounds like a neat idea. We plan on setting up a backdrop with a camera on a tripod with the timer set. It is a selfie camera. We will see how it goes.

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  • L
    Dedicated November 2016
    Liraea ·
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    We're making a decorated backdrop for our altar. My mom bought some funny hats and a selfie stick, and is going to stick them in a basket and put it next to the backdrop during the reception. I'm not too into it, but she wanted a project so all the power to her.

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  • Lolerskates84
    Super August 2016
    Lolerskates84 ·
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    So do you guys thing having a regular camera with a timer would be okay? My issue with that is guests won't be able to keep their photos right away (I would share them after the wedding). I feel like part of the fun is the instant gratification of printing the pics or having them emailed right away to post...

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  • Karla
    Devoted October 2017
    Karla ·
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    I feel people will take selfies regardless of props or not. However the biggest perk of having an actual photobooth ( even if they're expensive ) is that the quality is so much better plus your guest get actual print outs

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  • BoozyBaker
    Master January 2017
    BoozyBaker ·
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    @Lolerskates (nice name!) you can find articles online on how to build your own pohotbooths with a $50 printer and a camera & laptop if you want to DIY it. Guests would still get pics right away.

    ETA: More links

    http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/entertaining/how-to-set-up-your-own-diy-photo-booth

    http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Portable-Wedding-Photo-Booth/step2/Equipment/

    http://photographyconcentrate.com/how-setup-simple-photo-booth/

    @Lakessia, instax are the best! So much fun!

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  • RiddellMeThis
    VIP June 2016
    RiddellMeThis ·
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    We did a DIY video booth with my old iPad. We had a table with the props and instructions and people had a blast with it. It was fun to go home and look at all the crazy videos people left us

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  • Lolerskates84
    Super August 2016
    Lolerskates84 ·
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    @BoozyBaker, can you provide a link? Smiley smile

    I found this tutorial on lighting...maybe I can do this and use the iPad?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CM5eNEUS0ZI

    @Karla - true, but DIY photobooths are more fun IMO...I really don't like real photobooths. I have WAY more fun with the DIY ones I've seen at weddings bc they are more creative and usually you can fit 5-10 people in one shot.

    ETA...did not see the link - thanks for providing!

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