Archive for February, 2008

The ultimate photo booth rental scrapbooks

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

So you’re going to blow a grand on a photobooth, but how will you keep all those fabulous pics. Welcome to a wonderfull list of scrapbooks which range from the amazingly fancy to the plain and simple. 

First up is a company from Canada, where most old chemical booths come from.

http://www.turningleafalbumcompany.ca/albums_metal.html

They offer EVERYTHING from leather to metal to even glass covers. Better get a price quote before giving them your plastic though cause good looks don’t come cheap.

 photo booth rental scrapbook

For something more playfull check out this web site:  http://www.daisyarts.com/catalog/albums/chiara/morandi.html which also offers more classic looking wedidng albums. 

Personally I’m fond of larger albums 10×10″ and above. Most photo strips are around 8″ tall so anything smaller than that will be a problem.  Here’s a super large scrap book for all your photo booth strips that won’t break the bank:

http://www.creativememories.com/MainMenu/Our-products-and-services/Albums/Big-Book-Album-12×15/Big-Book-Album-Ebony-12×15

Looking for something simple yet elegant? Than check out this company:

http://www.celinecountryman.com/store/index.php?act=viewCat&catId=4

photoboooth guest book with ribbon

Lastly thier is light impressions. Their items are totally archival and nice a simple

http://www.lightimpressionsdirect.com/servlet/OnlineShopping?Dsp=20200&PCR=30000:100000:108000:108100

 Well I hope this list helps you pick the perfect photo booth guest book.

What dimensions should my photobooth be?

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

I get a lot of questions from people trying to make their own photobooth. Many people want to know how large the photobooth should be and how high the camera should be off the ground.  Traditional Photobooths are around 2.5′ feet wide and 5 feet long. They are 2.5 feet wide simply because most doorways are only 3′ wide or less and you’ll need to be able to fit the booth through doorways. However I’d suggest making your booth so it can be partially disassembled, that way you can have a larger booth to fit more people yet still fit it through doorways and up elevators.

 A good size for a wedding is a 4×4′ booth. Most wedding reception venues are pretty jam packed and any thing much bigger than this tends to dominate the room too much. Smaller than this and not enough people can fit in the booth at the same time.  Also keep in mind that a table is needed for a guest book and pens.  As far as the height of the booth goes 6′ and a few inches is fine, unless you happen to be hosting a party for professional basketball players.  Than the last critical dimension is the actual height of the camera. Around 3 to 5 feet, or 3.5′ feet is perfect.  If you are planning to offer photobooth rentals than make sure the booth will fit inside the venue, up stairs, around corners and up elevators if necessary.

 Happy photo boothing.

How many megapixels should my photobooth camera be?

Monday, February 4th, 2008

Anything above 2-4 megapixels is really over kill. No one is really going to make a print larger than an 8×10 and most will probably nevef make a print larger than a 4×6. Still it is always nice to have the extra resolution, though.  More important than resolution is how well the booth is lit up. To avoid blur it is best to use a flash and this flash should be diffused some how to make the light softer. When you rent a photobooth be sure to request some sample photos see if you like the quality.

Where should we put the photobooth at our event?

Monday, February 4th, 2008

Ever hear the old phrase, “Out of sight, out of mind.” Well nothing could be more applicable to photo booth rentals. Often times I hear really poor advice from sites like the following sentences:

  • “Photo booths are sometimes placed in the foyer of a venue, at the bottom of an elegant staircase. This works well if you cannot get the booth up the stairs to the reception hall. This location is often perfect because guests can snap their photos on their way in or out of the reception.” – http://www.photoboothrentalguide.com/

Sure guest will use it while coming or going, but the other 90% of the time it will sit virtually usused. Trust us on this one, if the booth is out of sight then it will not get used. The best place to have the booth is by the bar and near the dance floor. Ifa photobooth rental company tells you that it will be fine in the lobby than they are just trying to sell you a big booth that can’t be moved easily. Be an educated photo booth consumer!

Will my photo booth photos fade?

Monday, February 4th, 2008

I’m often asked if digital photobooth pictures will fade. This is a great question because there are some photobooth companies out there who print using cheap inks and papers that will deffinetely fade in a few years or shorter.

 When you rent a photobooth be sure to ask your vendor what type of process they use to make the photos. There are 3 main types:

1. Dye Sub Printers are very archival and use heat to fuse inks onto paper. These prints will easily last a life time if handled correctly. They can take a lot of abuse and are water proof. Even ifyou kept these images in your wallet they would look pretty good after a year.

2. Old chemical booths use silverhalide chemical process to make images. Generally these last a very long time, however if the chemicals are not fresh then you can get photos that fade easily. There is a chemical called fixer that smells like wet socks that “fixes” the silver halide to the photo paper. If this chemical is not fresh your photos will fade eventually.

 3. Ink Jet printers. There are two types of inks used in printers, pigment inks and dye inks. Pigment inks are very archival and will last a lifetime if handled correctly. However they are not that durable and if you put them in your wallet they would deffinetely have scuffs and marks all over the surface after a year. Dye inks will deffinetely fade over time. There are a couple of dye based ink jet printers that would work OK, like the epson r280 or canon ip4500 due to the special dyes they use, but generally I’d recommend avoiding them.

 In conclusion if you want the longest lasting most durable prints you should use a photobooth rental company that uses dye sub printers.

Nice fabric for photobooth curtains

Monday, February 4th, 2008

My favorite fabric for photo booths has two requirements, that is is wrinkle free and looks nice.

Panne velour is a nice light weight fabric that costs around $4 to $5 a yard. sites like

http://www.denverfabrics.com/Cart/catalog_items.aspx?Query=velour

 sell it as well as other fabric web sites like this one:

http://www.distinctivefabric.com/fabric.php?id=VELOUR1&google=velour&k=velour+fabric&gclid=CIPQsaymqZECFQGnPAodRUyKfA

You may wish to also try local craft stores like Walmart or Joanne Fabrics.

 It is best to keep the inside of the booth fabric a neutral color like gray or some other middle tone. Having a white or black fabric on the inside will make the photos turn out poorly when using an automatic exposure camera. Photobooth curtain fabric

$3500 photobooth on ebay: Digital, but doesn’t have a hard drive

Monday, February 4th, 2008

photobooth rental and sales printersinside of photobooth machine rentalPhoto booth rentI ran across this strange machine the other day. It’s the only digital photobooth I know of that doesn’t use a hard drive to store images to. I’m guessing this isn’t really that unusual in the commercial world. After all vending machine companies have no reason to store thousands of photos that no one will look at latter.

I also found a digital booth located at the local mall down the road. When I get a second I will post some photos.

The perfect photobooth bench

Monday, February 4th, 2008

photobooth rental benchYou can find these aluminum work platforms/benches at any home depot or lowes store for under $40. Sew a nice chair cover out of spandex or some other form fitting fabric and you have a killer photobooth bench. Remember you heard it first at www.rentphotobooths.com

Deceptive Advertising of Unlimited Photos with a Photobooth rental!

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

We get hundreds of inquiries every month and a lot of customers really do not understand what our competition means when they say unlimited photos with a photobooth rental.  Let’s get to the bottom of this deceptive practice. What photobooth companies should say is that you get unlimated USAGE of the photobooth during your rental period. Unlimited photos means just that, and there certainly is a limit my friends!  Ask a photobooth company if they can do 500 photos an hour and the answer will be no. But according to their ad of “unlimited photos” 500 photos per hour is certainly a valid numer of photos to do per hour.  Now 500 photos an hour might sound ridiculous, but how about half that amount, say 250 photos per hour? There are some photobooth companies that can do 250 photos per hour and advertise unlimited photos on their web site.  However when first time shoppers hear 250 photos per hour they assume 250 different groups can go into the photo booth and get thier photos done in one hour. This is not the case at all. Most photobooth’s take four photos in a row so if the machine does 250 photos per hour you divide that number by 4 to get the number of sessions per hour which will come out to be around 63 sessions per hour. So educate your self on photobooth rates and get a great deal on a photobooth at your next event.

www.breezebrowser.com release Vista compatible PSremote program

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

Well a lot of custom photobooth programs revolve around the program, point and shoot remote, AKA psremote and this program has just been updated to work with everyones favorite software company, Microsoft’s Windows Vista.

If you are interested in it there is a free demo you can download on their web site. Happy picture snapping

Finally a Linux Photobooth Program

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

Ok, only the truely geeky own linux as an operating system, but if you’re among those elite nerds here’s a photobooth program for you to download and play with:

http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Graphics/Cheese-28762.shtml

I guess the major issue would be driver support for your web camera in the Linux operating system? So it seems like there is a cheap photobooth program for MS, Leopard, and now Linux, unfortunately none of them print out the photos in a strip afterwards! Well actually there is that one macintosh apple program previously mentioned in my blog that does. Hopefully in the next year others will follow suit.

An easy way to upload your Apple Photobooth Pictures to Flickr

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

http://www.glennwolsey.com/2006/12/14/flickrbooth-upload-to-flickr-directly-from-photobooth/

 Some people have these great flickr photo sharing web sites chocked full of funny photo booth images from Apple’s photobooth program, but no way to easily upload them to the flickr website. Well now there’s an easy solution just download this plug in and start uploading today.

Cowboy has a great review of webcameras

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

http://cowboyfrank.net/webcams/

Is a website that has an up-to-date review of just about every web camera out there. Web cameras are great for using in inexpensive photobooths and programs like www.snapstrip.com

They are not as good as digital cameras as far as quality goes, but if you light the people correctly inside the booth the results will be nearly indistringuishable. People often don’t understand why web cameras that tout 2 to 8 megapixel image resolutions dont’ look as good as a simple 1 megapixel digital camera.  The reason is simple they have cheap lenses and sensors. In my experience Logitech creates the best web cameras.  They have just come out with a couple of web cameras that have autofocus and I’m excited about testing these out.