Archive for January, 2008

Photo Booth Rental a Hot New Trend for Wedding Reception Fun

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Photo Booth scrap booking has emerged as a popular new trend for couples wishing to add a lively element to their wedding reception.”We have seen a measurable increase in wedding photo booth rental related searches,” says Gandhi Hurwitz, president of http://www.thebridalguides.com, a popular wedding planning web site.

“Renting a photo both for the evening allows wedding guests to have fun and get loose behind the curtain,” explains Hurwitz. “The really fun part is all of the guests building a personalized scrapbook for the bride and groom to take home with them at the end of the evening.”

Julie Thomas, who was recently wed in Spring Lake, New Jersey, explains, “The photo booth was a huge hit. Our guests loved crowding in behind the curtain and acting goofy. There was a line all night to the booth. The best part was the scrapbook they created for us using their favorite photo strips. Each guest glued in their shots, and signed it for us. We will always treasure that scrapbook.”

For more information on wedding photo booth rentals and local listings, visit http://www.thebridalguides.com, home of the top 5 funniest wedding videos

Highest Quality USB camcorder 4 Photobooth High Deffinition Video Cameras

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

So if you love the program www.snapstrip.com, but hate the quality of the cheap web camera you have take a look at the high deffination video cameras

My biggest gripe with HD cameras in general is that they don’t have a wide angle lens. You can buy wide angle lens adapters, but they are often quite expensive.  Happy Photoboofing.

Smile for Hello Kitty in a Photobooth actually kiosk, in Portland

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Well who doesn’t love hello kitty?

Turns out there is a hello kitty photo booth in Portland. And a very nice review of some other booths in the area at

http://www.urbanhonking.com/blog/2007/03/p_h_o_t_o_b_o_o_t_h.html

so put on your traveling shoes and post some of those loveable hello kitty stickers. First one to post one of their Hello Kitty Stickers will get hall off a photobooth rental.

How to Use a Photo Booth at a Wedding Reception

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

http://www.ehow.com/how_2104956_photo-booth-wedding-reception.html

 The above article discusses how to use a photobooth at your wedding reception.  I love do it yourself articles because they get people to be creative and I always enjoy a challenge.  However this article is seriously lacking in direction. 

“Set up your own photo booth by stringing a clothesline between nearby trees or poles. Attach curtain clips to the top of a large piece of fabric in a color that complements your wedding color scheme, and string the clip loops onto the clothesline. If there’s a free wall available, you could just nail the cloth onto the wall. ”

Serioulsy there ‘s never going to be nearby trees or poles at a reception, unless you planted them there 20 years in advance 🙂

This web site has several other articles on photobooths, but unfortunately their how to expertise is sadly very vague and lacking.  http://www.ehow.com/Search.aspx?s=photo+booth&Options=0

Buy your own mobile Photobooth for $8000

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

Well I just found out today that there is another company selling mobile photobooths.

mobile photo booth

http://www.fantasyent.com/products/portable-booth.html

 Has all the details. It is a pretty nice design, though the seat for guests looks uncomfortably low.  But the worst thing is you have to buy the media from them and it costs around 40 cents a sheet. There is a media card that needs to be charged up once every 1000 print outs or so. Or for half the price you could just buy a booth from us at www.rentphotobooths.com

How to make a photo booth for your wedding

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

http://est1976.blogsome.com/2007/09/10/how-to-make-a-photo-booth-for-your-wedding/

 I ran across this cute little explanation on how to make your own wedding photo booth if you are too cheap to rent one or just love to tinker. I love the concept and it’s something I would do too, not because I’m cheap, but because I love the challenge of making something work.

 I love the cute little speach bubbles the booth comes with. I have got to make some of those up for my booth one day.  Here’s a sample from their blog:

photobooth rent

 Of course if you are not tech savy enough to make your own booth feel free to rent one from us at

www.rentphotobooths.com

What’s the Best button or switch to use with my photobooth?

Friday, January 11th, 2008

http://www.stealthswitch.com/

So you are thinking of staring up your own Photobooth Rental company?

You’ll need a way to let users trigger the software to start up the booth.

Many beginners unfortunately use the Griffin PowerMate available here:
http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/powermate
Unfortnately this product simply does not work reliably. It often works, but for some reason it will stop working and frustrated guests will push it really hard which unfortunately doesn’t make it work better. This is not a single bad experience of mine, I bought 15 of these units and have had issues with many of them.

A much more relialbe product is the stealth switch
http://www.stealthswitch.com/
You can even put it on the floor for guests to step on to activate the photo sequence. The software that comes with the unit is a bit outdated, but you can download the newest software from there web site.

And then there is Happ Controllers http://www.happcontrols.com/pushbuttons/ilumn1.htm

Instrutions for using these with a windows computer can be found here:  http://photoboof.com/downloads/files/Installation%20&%20Usage%20Notes.html#Triggers

Sincerely, Rolland Elliott

Epson launches new c120 high speed inkjet printer a bit slow 4 photobooth rentals

Friday, January 11th, 2008

http://www.amazon.com/Epson-Stylus-C120-Color-Printer/dp/B000UHR2TK

 Well epson has created another speed deamon pritner with only 4 different inks.  Anyone use it yet to print out photos? I’m curious if it is faster than an epson r280?  both of them have ink life spans of over 100 years if stored correctly so longevity is not an issue. I think this would be a great back up printer for a photobooth rental company. small light, fast and using pigment inks that last a lifetime.

UPDATE: Takes 70 seconds for a boarderless 4×6 print, which is too slow. It’s more expensive big brother the R280 does the same in about 40 seconds.

Funny Photobooth Prank video

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Photo Booth Sex Cam – Funny video | Funny Jokes at JibJab

Apple’s Photobooth Program does greenscreen backgrounds

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Well You can always pay someone $100 to design a photobooth background for you like this graphic artist does, but seriously most backgrounds in photobooths get blocked by the guests sitting in front of them so it is kind of pointless to do this unless you are verty particular on how the image lines up with the camera.  http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7342153

We’ve been doing green screen booths for a while and it’s really popular for sweet sixteen and bar/bat mitzvahs.

 Turns out Apple’s latest version of Photobooth does  a green screen feature as well

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G72b9jEJC18

Here is one youtube video showing how it is done. However a quick youtube search for the keywords photobooth background shows that the effect is not very good. Even when using a green screen the computer’s graphics cannot quickly replace the background as you move quickly in the frame.

So the end conclusion is that is’s a fun software feature, but that’s about it. for real world green screen products you are best sticking to the traditional methods of using Photoshop or custom programs like express digital.

Most over done Photobooth Pose…. The winner is tounge in the ear!

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

So I’ve been renting photobooths for a while and after some time you start to see reoccuring themes like people picking their nose, people mooning the camera, but by far the most over done pose has to do with people sticking their tounge in other people’s ears. Check out this sample photo below:

Photobooth rental tounge in ear

Why do people do this? I don’t know! Everyone I’ve ever known hates it when other people stick their tounge in their ears.  I grabbed this photo off the flickr photobooth group by the way. They literally have 2875 photobooth images that you can browse as of 1/8/08.  So browse through them, get some inspiration and please people, do not go around sticking your tounge in your friend’s ears!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/shesarenegade/2103955824/in/pool-photobooth/

Review of Photoboof Version 4.895 (12/2/07)

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

This software has been out since July 14th 2005 and originally cost $50. Two and a half years latter the software has a few more features, but now costs $600.  The original posted photobooth software for sale can be found here  http://www.breezesys.com/forum/showthread.php?t=655

 When I had asked to buy it the price had risen to $75 and ever since it has steadily risen.

 However now that www.breezebrowser.com sells photobooth software for $95 and other programmers see profit in this niche software market I’m guessing the environment will get more competitive.

 Photoboof as a software package is pretty cusomizable, but at its price point what would you expect?  It basically takes 4 photos in a row and prints them out as a strip or a grid configuration. You can also add logos and spice up the print outs in various ways.  However as with all previous version of this software when ever I install a different or new printer the program will not work . It takes photos, but only displays the last group taken and prints out the last group taken as well. Even after setitng the correct printer in Irvan View* I still had the issue and then only by restarting the computer did the system work better, but still not perfect. Other issues I have had is that the program works, but does not show the preview pictures after they are taken. I do not know how the program interfaces with the printers installed on a  PC, but this area of the software is what I find really problematic when it doesn’t work. If I have the printer not set correctly or installed a new printer why should the software mess up? Seems to me that the software should run fine and just not print out. There used to be a users forum located on their web site www.photoboof.com but unfortunately it has been down for over half a year and I doubt it will be running again. If you never change your printers or tweak your hardware this software could be just what you are looking for as long as you dont’ mind tweaking the timing settings for your particular computer/camera/printer combination and realize that it takes some patience to get working correctly.

If you want to start your own photobooth rental business I would deffinetely suggest having a backup software.

What’s the main difference between A Model 12, Classic, and Digital booth?

Monday, January 7th, 2008

I often get asked what the difference is between an Model 12 digital booth, a classic booth and a digital booth. These are the three main types of photobooths offered for rent or rental contracts.

The Model 12 is a digital booth that is bright red and can fit 1-2 people comfortably. It takes 6 photos in a row so you get more photos per strip but because people have to pose longer is only capable of doing around 40 sessions maximum per hour.

 The classic booth is a film and paper based booth that can also fit 1-2 people comfortably. It takes 4 photos in a row but because it uses a chemical process to develop the photos it takes longer and is only capable of doing around 30 sessions maximum per hour. It also does not store the images so you therefore cannot get a copy of pictures taken that night.

Our digital booth can fit 3-4 people comfortably. It takes 4 photos in a row so you get more people using the machine per hour. It is capable of doing around 60 sessions maximum per hour. Our rental rates are often 50% than the competition too because our booth is easily transported.

www.amazon.com carries the Canon IP4500 printer for $99

Monday, January 7th, 2008

Well the delivery time is 3 to 6 weeks, but this is the best price I have found for this printer and it is great for photobooths. when used with archival paper and inks the strips will easily last over 100 years if stored properly.

MTV’s own photobooth book

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

From Publishers Weekly
What do Adam Sandler, Kid Rock, Queen Latifah and Janet Reno have in common? Nothing substantial, surely-but they all appear here in MTV’s novelty book of celebrity snapshots. With over 200 luminaries, not to mention “5 nosepickings, 2 nipples, and one bare ass,” this goofy collection comprises hundreds of pictures and (with the exception of captions) not a lick of text. The four-panel strips-of the Stone Temple Pilots looking silly, Carmen Electra looking sultry and Method Man looking stoned-come from the MTV studios, where, while lounging in the green room in preparation for a television appearance, the famous and infamous ducked inside the titular photobooth for a few informal pics. The format, though initially appealing, grows monotonous; celebrities are largely distinguished by whether they make funny faces (Sheryl Crow, Eminem, Milla Jovovich, Chris Rock) or not (Snoop Dogg, Vin Diesel, Mary J. Blige, Sam Donaldson). No doubt this volume will provide many adolescents and early post-adolescents with a solid half-hour of pleasure; after that, it’s unlikely to be opened again. FYI: This is the first installment of the MTV Overground series, which is a collaboration between Universe and MTV; the next volume, according to the publicity material, will feature “the most rad skateboard designs rolling.”

Photobooth pictures as art

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

Well many people think of photo strips as simple snapshots.

Andy Warhol Photo booth strip

 But here’s Andy Warhol looking magnificent in these strips!

From the Met Museum’s web site:

This pair of photo-booth strips is one of Warhol’s earliest experiments with photography, a medium that increasingly dominated his art during his peak years of innovation from 1962 to 1968. For Warhol, the photo booth represented a quintessentially modern intersection of mass entertainment and private self-contemplation. In these little curtained theaters, the sitter could adopt a succession of different roles, each captured in a single frame; the resulting strip of four poses resembled a snippet of film footage. The serial, mechanical nature of the strips provided Warhol with an ideal model for his aesthetic of passivity, detachment, and instant celebrity. Here, Warhol has adopted the surly, ultracool persona of movie stars such as Marlon Brando and James Dean, icons of the youth culture that he idolized.

These strips were owned by the collector Sam Wagstaff and, after his death, by his friend the artist Robert Mapplethorpe.

Buy your own digital photo booth

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

Well I can’t say I really care for all the cheesy graphics on the side of these macines. But that’s nothing a lot of contact paper can’t fix up. For $7500 to $12,000 you can own your own photobooth. That migth seem expensive to the novice, but I know first hand how much time and expense it takes to make these booths.

http://www.bmigaming.com/games-arcade-photobooth.htm

 Peace, Rolland

Apple adds features to Photo Booth program in Leopard

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

I just read the following article by by Rob Griffiths on the web site Mac OSX hints.   It’s too bad Apple hasn’t added a kiosk mode to their photobooth yet. Maybe next time?  I tried this new version in the store and wasn’t impressed with the quick 4 shot sequence. There was only around 1/2 a second between shots making it very hard to do anything creative. Nonethe less the improvements are nice. Here is the article:

 Photo Booth is one of OS X 10.5’s new apps—new, at least, to those who don’t own a Mac with a built-in iSight, as these machines have had it for a while now. In Leopard, though, Photo Booth has a new mode—burst mode. Burst mode takes four quick pictures in succession, and then displays the result as a single multi-paned image in the Photo Booth window. While you may have played around with this feature, here are a couple things you may not have known about it.

First, if you use the iPhoto button on one of these four-panel images, you’ll wind up with one four-paned image in iPhoto. But what if you wanted each image that makes up the montage? It turns out that Photo Booth actually does store four pictures when you take a burst mode photo—you can find them all in the Photo Booth folder within your user’s

Library/Pictures

folder. So to add any one (or more) picture to iPhoto, just visit that folder and drag the desired images onto iPhoto’s Dock icon.Second, if you’re looking at the four-panel image in the main Photo Booth window, clicking on any single panel will zoom that panel to fill the Photo Booth window; click it again to zoom back out to the four-pane view. You’ll even see a fancy reflective-glass-like flash as the images zoom into and out of the frame. (Oddly, this animation is one of the few I’ve ever found in OS X that you can’t slow down with the Shift key.)

Finally, if you use File -> Export, Photo Booth will export the image as an animated GIF. You can then use this animated GIF as your iChat buddy icon. In iChat, click on your user picture and select Edit Picture, click Choose and navigate to the animated GIF you just created, then click Set. Other 10.5 users (and those using third-party AIM clients that support animated buddy icons) will then see your four-picture set. (Note that displaying animated buddy icons is disabled by default; to enable it, open iChat’s Preferences and check the Animate Buddy Pictures option in the General tab.)

And remember, if you want to take a Photo Booth picture immediately—bypassing the three-second delay—just hold down the Option key before pressing the Camera button, as explained in this hint.