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Feb232012

DIY Wedding Photo Booth 

It’s true—photobooths are becoming more and more popular among weddings. But, did you know that setting up a wedding photobooth of your own can be done in just a few simple steps? Wedding photobooths create a unique experience for your guests and captures some of the best moments at the reception. If you choose not to go with a rental photobooth, here’s a simple DIY on setting up your own.

Photo by My Inspired Wedding

Set up in a quiet corner.

This will minimize the possibility of the photobooth activities interfering with the other details of the wedding. The line for the photobooth should be kept out of the way of the service staff and dance floor as well.

Find your backdrop.

The easiest way to go, in many cases, is using an actual photobooth backdrop stand. You can also use a plain fabric backdrop as well, using a clothes line and curtain clips to keep them in place. Decorate as needed. You can hang garland, multiple fabric strips, or large picture frames. Or, if you like to get really creative, create a ribbon wall to use as your photo backdrop.

Photo by Brittany Legette

Take a few test shots.

Depending on your camera, set up a tripod anywhere from 8 to 10 feet in front of the background and take a few test shots.  Change the setting, lights, and backdrop accordingly to make sure everything you need is within the viewfinder. Make sure you leave enough room to accommodate for your shortest and tallest guests. Place an X on the ground with tape so they know where to stand.

If possible, get a wireless shutter release.

This way, the guests can be in control without interfering with the camera settings. Make sure you get one that works with the make and model of your camera.

Photo by MrandMrsAdams.com

Everything in its place.

Place your basket of props next to the backdrop for your guests to use. Include hats, masks, fake mustaches and the like. Then, place a sign telling your guests to grab a prop and the remote and snap away!  

Photo by Ruffled blog

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