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Photo booth passport joke

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

I saw this hilarious double photo strip and just had to share. You think you’re taking a nice photo booth sequence and then all of a sudden the other photo booth strip butts in.

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Polaroid Photo booth runs out of film.

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

The article below was orginally found at:

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/02/08/polaroid-abandons-instant-photography/

There are a handfull of photo booths that use polaroid instant film so it looks like those booths will eventually be scrapped.

 

Polaroid Abandons Instant Photography

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In happier times: Polaroid’s 1970s-80s television ads featuring James Garner and Mariette Hartley wisecracking and needling one another were widely admired and imitated.

It was a wonder in its time: A camera that spat out photos that developed themselves in a few minutes as you watched. You got to see them where and when you took them, not a week later when the prints came back from the drugstore.

But in a day when nearly every cellphone has a digital camera in it, “instant” photography long ago stopped being instant enough for most people. So today, the inevitable end of an era came: Polaroid is getting out of the Polaroid business.

The company, which stopped making instant cameras for consumers a year ago and for commercial use a year before that, said today that as soon as it had enough instant film manufactured to last it through 2009, it would stop making that, too. Three plants that make large-format instant film will close by the end of the quarter, and two that make consumer film packets will be shut by the end of the year, Bloomberg News reports.

The company, which will concentrate on digital cameras and printers, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2001 and was acquired by a private investment company in 2005. It started in 1937 making polarized lenses for scientific and military applications, and introduced its first instant camera in 1948.

The Lede remembers fondly how magical it was to watch the image gradually manifest itself from the chemical murk right there in your hand. But truth be told, the Lede’s own scuffed Polaroid SX-70 camera, which used to get regular use in all manner of situations, from producing a quick step-by-step primer on how to do the Ickey Shuffle to documenting a problem with a house he was buying that cropped up the day before the closing, hasn’t come out of its cabinet drawer in years.

Loyal users take heart, though — Polaroid said it would happily license the technology to other manufacturers should they want to go on supplying the niche market with film after 2009.

Booths dispense pictures and condoms

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Thursday, January 17th 2008, 4:00 AM

Smile, you’re on condom camera.

In an updated version of the photo booth, the LifeStyles condom company is poised to bring New York nightclubs the “Makeout Booth,” which dispenses pictures and prophylactics.

“Condom-dispensing machines have always been a nightlife fixture,” said LifeStyles spokeswoman Carol Carrozza. “LifeStyles is essentially combining the concept of a condom dispenser with a black-and-white photo booth as a playful means to promote safe sex.”

The machines are expected to be unveiled Thursday at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Carrozza said the company is organizing an upcoming sampling tour of the booths at a dozen Manhattan hot spots.

“I would imagine by early February, certainly by Valentine’s Day, you’ll see them,” Carrozza said.

She said the contraptions – with the throwback flimsy curtain to provide booth privacy – are not meant to be a convenient pit stop for a quickie.“We don’t mind a little snuggling and that kind of thing, but there won’t be too much more going on right there,” Carrozza said.

Article originally found at:

http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/health/2008/01/17/2008-01-17_booths_dispense_pictures_and_condoms.html

Some very cool looking photo booths

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

So I was just browsing the web searching for some photo booth site and ran across this one photobooths

If you like the boxy style they certainly have some nice looking booths.
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Yelp provides feedback for photobooth vendors

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

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http://honeybeeweddings.blogspot.com/2007/12/say-cheese.html

The above blog mentioned a photobooth being at a YELP party and I just had to figgure out what that was. Turns out YELP is an online feedback site for companies and consumers and at least in California users seem to provide relavent feedback about photo booth companies. 

For instance if you go to this link it will show feedback for some San Franciso Based Photo Booth companies

http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=photo+booth+&ns=1&rpp=10&find_loc=san+francisco%2C+ca

Wedding Chat Boards love photobooths

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

If you are looking for up to the date information on photo booth rentals for weddings you should do your self a favor and check out local chat boards.

 Here are some recent discussions about photo booth rentals:

http://forums.onewed.com/showthread.php?t=8689

http://www.liweddings.com/chat/topic.aspx?ID=480515&Highlight=lilbride

http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2328207590065143456fCKqOZ

 http://www.weddingbee.com/2008/01/24/photobooth-fun-2/?referer=sphere_related_content

http://www.liweddings.com/chat/topic.aspx?&P=1&ID=477056&Highlight=lilbride#P5722644

http://www.weddingbee.com/2006/09/08/the-photobooth/

http://community.theknot.com/cs/ks/search/default.aspx?q=photobooth&g=5

The last link has 20 0r 30 posts to it and all this information only took me a little bit of time to find via google. Of course there’s no reason to look for another vendor besides www.rentphotobooths.com. A great product at a photo-boofarific price.

Another classic photo booth

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

classic photo booth rental

Like I said in my previous article there are less than 150 of these classic dinosaurs around the USA. www.rentphotobooths.com has been working hard on creating a digital version of this old classic; same look, but a bit more cool looking and deffinetely faster working so photo booth rentals will be a breeze. Check back on our blog for future details. Picture credit above goes to  http://www.retrothing.com/2006/07/photo_booth.html?cid=100704912#comment-100704912

A brief history of the photo booth.

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

http://www.teachingphoto.com/photobooth.html

The above artical is an interesting over view of the brief history of the photo booth. The most interesting thing I gleaned from the article is that there are only 150 old black and white chemical photo booths left in the USA.  I’ll have to strongly disagree with the article’s bias against digital booths though. The newest digital booths that use high resolution digital cameras create files that are vastly superior to anything from the 1900’s. The huge popularity of renting these photobooths though is right on.

Japaneese Sticker Photo booths are easy to do.

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Photo booth sticker collectionhttp://photojpn.org/news/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sections&file=index&req=viewarticle&artid=1&page=1

Well Just in case you’d rather have 16 tiny stickers than a strip of four photos you can with Print club Photo booths.  and this fad is easy to do with sticker paper from places like www.canon.com ‘s Estore which sells the stuff, alibet at expensive prices.

Photobooth songs

Friday, February 8th, 2008

http://www.last.fm/music/Ola+Podrida/_/Photo+Booth

Dog’s asleep out in the yard
Cat’s up on the roof
We’re out drinking at the bar
Down each others pants
In the photo booth

Wake me up still dark outside
Talking in your sleep
Something about an open door
And something about cold feet
I think you were asking me
To turn up the heat

Now it’s light
So let’s take a drive
Lay by the riverside
And I’ll
Tell you all about
Your sun-lit eyes

Dog’s asleep out in the yard
Cat’s up on the roof
We’re out drinking at the bar
Down each others pants
In the photo booth

I remember when the days were long,
And the nights when the living room was on the lawn.
Constant quarreling, the childish fits, and our clothes in a pile on the ottoman.
All the slander and double-speak
Were only foolish attempts to show you did not mean
Anything but the blatant proof was your lips touching mine in the photobooth.And as the summer’s ending,
The cool air will put your hard heart away.
You were so condescending..
And this is all that’s left:
Scraping paper to document.
I’ve packed a change of clothes and it’s time to move on.

Cup your mouth to compress the sound,
Skinny dipping with the kids from a nearby town.
And everything that I said was true,
As the flashes blinded us in the photobooth.
Well, I lost track, and then those words were said.
You took the wheel and you steered us into my bed.
Soon we woke and I walked you home,
And it was pretty clear that it was hardly love.

And as the summer’s ending,
The cool air will rush your hard heart away.
You were so condescending.
And this is all that’s left:
Scraping paper to document.
I’ve packed a change of clothes and it’s time to move on.

And as the summer’s ending,
The cool air will rush your hard heart away.
You were so condescending,
As the alcohol drained the days.

And as the summer’s ending,
The cool air will rush your hard heart away.
You were so condescending.
And this is all that’s left:
The empty bottles, spent cigarettes.
So pack a change of clothes, ’cause it’s time to move on.

Flickr Photo booth

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

January 9, 2006 6:25 PM PST

Flickr photo booth

You’re dressed to the nines and having the time of your life with friends at some hip bar. Chances are everyone in the group has a digital camera or camera phone to capture the moment. But who knows when the photos will get distributed to everyone or posted online.

A new bar in downtown San Francisco has the 21st century version of the photo booth. It’s an old-fashioned booth where people can get as candid and silly as they want (particularly after a few drinks), but it also ensures that the results can be seen by all immediately.

The photo booth at Shine, at 1337 Mission St., takes four photos and automatically posts them in the traditional vertical strip mode to the popular Flickr photo sharing Web site, which is owned by Yahoo.

“We were looking for something interactive at 5 a.m. on a construction night,” Brian Walsh, a Shine investor and the creator of the photo booth, told CNET News.com. “We asked, ‘What can go in this corner?’ I said, ‘What about a photo booth?'”

On a recent Wednesday, the booth, complete with red velvet curtain, was nearly as popular as the dance floor, with people cramming in to the confined space and waiting outside to use it.

Soon, the photo booth subjects won’t have to wait for an Internet connection to see the results. Within a week the bar plans to project photos from each night on a white screen on one of the bar’s walls in a random rotation, said Walsh, who founded the Castfire podcast advertising network.

Originally posted on http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-6024916-7.html

One of the best photo booth songs ever.

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Wow I bet this photo booth rental to make this video was a fun time.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=BSqbYZDC9Nk

Worlds largest collection of ugly photobooth pictures.

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

ugly photo booth pictures rental

Who knew the incredible hulk loved photo booths?  Here’s a web site to cheer you up and let you know that there are deffinetely people more ugly than you. 🙂 Anyone looks cute next to a one eyed portrait!  Best of all you can use Apple’s Macintosh’s Photobooth software to load your own images up. So get you and your ugly friends together for lots of photobooth fun.

Photobooth companies in the United Kingdom

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

I’ve never been to Europe but I’ve heard that photobooths are used much more to create personal ID photo’s than for pure entertainment. Case in point here is a photobooth company that does just that:

http://www.easy-id.co.uk/images/large_booth.jpg

So if you need a passport photo you can buy your own personal photo booth and have a blast. Or if you are a little tight on cash simply use this web site to upload a photo and crop and resize them for printing as an ID photo:

http://www.portraitbooth.com/

What is America’s Photobooth Association anyways?

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

I am sometimes asked what is America’s Photobooth Association?  Basically it is a franchise that sells one type of photo booth called the Model 12 photobooth for around $12,000 I think. Maybe that’s where they got the 12 from?

 This franchise claims the following on its web site:

All members of the AMERICA’S PHOTOBOOTH ASSOCIATION ensure the highest
quality rentals that include:

  • The Model 12 PhotoBooth – the latest and best PhotoBooth in the world according to the
    thousands of users across the nation.
  • PhotoBooth that gives each guest choice of B/W or Color Strips
  • The highest quality mega-pixel photostrips in the industry.

The first statement is questionable; has there been a nationwide survey claiming such a following? Not to my knowledge. I’d say we put it on the ballot on Nov. 2, 2008. 🙂

Now the second statement sounds appealing at first, but actually makes guests wait longer in line. When you have a group of 3 people that go into a booth (which is very hard with a model 12 booth since they are only 2.5′ feet wide) and one one wants color and the other wants a black and white photo booth strip what do you think happens?  Well after talking about it for half a minute the line of people gets impatient and they finally settle on one or the other.  Making the wait in line even longer is the fact that this booth can only do 6 photos in a row. That means each session is 50% longer.  Net result is on average the booth only does 35 to 45 sessions per hour. So if you do rent one of these machines I’d highly recommend that you choose color or black and white photos, and keep the wait in line down and your guests happy.

The last issue to be addressed is the claim to the highest quality photo booth strips. Ask them to mail you some samples and then you can determine what you like would be my advice.

357 scanned photos from an old chemical photo booth.

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

photo booth rentalhttp://startlingmoniker.wordpress.com/2007/10/04/photoboothupdate/#comment-12113

Well this individual must of had a lot of spare time on his hands to scan 357 photoboot strips that had been relegated to the rejects pile!  I wonder…………. You know what would be really cool is if you could some how rig up a scanner into the old classic chemical photo booths and before the strip was dropped down it would be scanned and digitized. Of course that would probably add a minute to the delivery time and waiting 2 to 3 minutes for your photos in this day of digital immediacy seems like forever.

Yet another Macintosh photo booth software application for $15

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

http://www.arborbits.com/

photo booth software for apple macintosh computers

Well it’s got a simple set of features, but the price is nothing to complain about. Goodness gracious there are so many photo booth applications for the Apple Macintosh Operating system. If you want to learn more simply read the following press release:

http://db.tidbits.com/article/8319

College Students create a phoot booth sihouette machine.

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

Only college students can dream up a photo booth like this

Well if you force college students to come up with some final project who knows what they will come up with?  In this case the results are surprisingly interesting. A photo booth machine that uses projected silhouettes to interactively play with the guests using the booth. Sure the booth itself is a little rough, but these guys are comuter geeks, not architects 🙂

Well if you dont’ want to write your own software code you can always rent a booth from us!

Make your own photobooth strips from old snapshots with these templates

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

http://www.sugarplumpaperie.com/2007/09/07/photo-booth-strips/#comment-1039

photo booth templates for strips

There kind of simple, but it works! Have fun making your own photo booth strips people!

Photo booth inspired furniture.

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

photo booth rental furniture

Joseph Heidecker designed the above cusotm artwork by inviting passersby to get their photos taken in an old-fashioned photo booth. Joseph had originally contacted me and I had mailed him some uber cool photostrips printed on fabric and adhesive, but in the end his sponsor required he use an old chemical booth. Drat those hard core photobooth purists. Anyways it’s deffinetely cool art work, alibet very expensive to do your self at $3 per strip!  Plus wouldn’t it be kind of embarrising to sit on people’s faces? I guess you’d have to put all those cranky co-workers on the seat bottom, or celbrities you just can’t stand. Hmm, photo booth furniture brings a new meaning to kiss my…………….

Custom Photo Booth Strips make the best party favors

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

custom photo booth strip    Photo booth custom strip

Only www.rentphotobooths.com has the ability to offer customized graphics on any strip layout.  Don’t just rent a photo booth, get your photobooth rental from the creative crew at www.rentphotobooths.com!

Which is best digital or old chemical booths?

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Some people just love the old chemical booths, almost to the point of being fanatical about them.  Maybe this adoration is due to the fact that so few of them are around.  WWW.photobooth.net has a list of all of the old chemical photobooths around the USA and there are very few of them.  I traveled out to California over Christmas and got to use one of these booths for the very first time at the age of 33 I’d never even seen one before.  Well suffice it to say I wasn’t really impressed and after using one I have no idea why anyone would want to rent one versus a digital booth. 

The two main disadvanages of renting chemical photobooths is that they take forever to develop the prints and the prints themselves have to dry. If you handle them while they are wet they are easily scratched.  Worst of all if you let guests put them in a scrapbook with pages that face one another the prints will stick together and when you try to seperate the pages the emulsion will get torn off the images. I’ve spoken to several photobooth businesses who used to own chemical booths and have torn out the guts and replaced them with digital machines.  The chemicals used in the booth also smell nasty. The smell disappears once the prints have throughly dried, but the smell of acidic acid (vinegar) used in the development process isn’t exactly my cup of tea. 

 So why do people love these old photo booth machines?  I’m not exactly sure.  I had one artist from Los Angelas email me a plea for helping her find a photobooth for her art project. She complained about being a starving artist and how expensive the booths were. I offered her the use of my booth for free even, and she didn’t even bother replying back because she was a “purist” and didn’t want a digital booth.  I’m sure most people like the way the strips come out of the machine, long and narrow in a 2″ x8″ long strip.  Most digital photobooths use the popular 4×6″ paper size and thus cannot make long photobooth strips.  www.rentphotobooths.com is the only photobooth company in the nation at this time that produces strips identical to the old fashion booths using archival dye sublimation printers. A couple competitors use inkjet printers, but inkjet prints have the same drying issue as old chemical photo booth prints and unless the company uses pigment inks the images can quickly fade within years if not stored correctly.

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