Some info on building your first photobooth

A lot of people have been asking me about creating a photobooth so I thought I would share some resources. The purpose of this post is to provide you with a place to get started in researching and building your photobooth! You can check out my photobooth site over at Ashlandphotobooth.com

Parts

Almost EVERYTHING can be purchased for your photobooth online @ Amazon. I have created an amazon wishlist here that you can view: http://amzn.com/w/3IFDICV4INCLJ

 

We based our design from a guide on Reliable Hardware’s website. You can find that guide on what parts to buy here:

http://www.reliablehardware.com/photobooth.aspx

 

Note: For my booth I used plywood that can be purchased at any Home Depot or Lowes, the wood was then covered with glue and we added the DJ carpet that you see below. Also my booth was assembled solely by rivets.

 

You can find plenty of tutorials on how to rivet and assemble roadcases here:

DIY Road Case Videos

 

I promise the videos are “Rivetting” 🙂

 

Item Use Website
Aluminum Extrusion Nice looking metal corners and long rails. www.reliablehardware.com/photobooth.aspx
DJ Carpet Easy to clean, durable. Attach to wood with contact cement http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006SM3M36/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=3IFDICV4INCLJ&coliid=IMFPS17E61RWU
USB Button Make it easy for users to start ogg rh photobooth! http://help.sparkbooth.com/kb/building-your-own-photo-booth/usb-button-keyboard-replacements
Computer Runs photobooth software as well as printer. This can be any computer. In my booth I just use my laptop that I already had. You can opt for a touchscreen computer in order to make your booth more user friendly!
DS 40 Printer Prints 2×6 “Photobooth” Prints http://www.imagingspectrum.com/dnp-ds40-dye-sub_printer-ds40.html
Media 4×6 rolls http://www.imagingspectrum.com/dnp-ds40-4x6_print-kit-ds40pk46.html

 

Software

All of the major photobooth software titles offer free trials. I urge you to take advantage and play as much as you can with the software. I have personal experience will all of the below software titles and I would be more than willing to answer any questions you have or get you in touch with someone that will have all of the answers 🙂

 

Name Website Mac PC DSLR Webcam Price
DSLR Booth http://dslrbooth.com/ x x x x $150.00
Sparkbooth http://sparkbooth.com/ x x x x $200.00
Social Booth http://www.photoboothsolutions.com/socialbooth/ x x x $299.99
Darkroom Booth http://www.darkroomsoftware.com/products/booth/ x x x $295.00
Instant Photo Booth http://instant-photo-booth.com/#pricing x x $59.99

 

Props

The props are really what make or break you. One thing I have found is everything will at some point get destroyed. Also the more durable your props are obviously the longer they last! I also purchase a lot of props from local dollar stores and oriental trading!

 

https://www.etsy.com/shop/LMPhotoProps?ref=l2-shopheader-name

https://www.etsy.com/browse/weddings/decor/photo-booth-props

http://www.shindigz.com/party-supplies/party-decorations/photo-booth-props/74169

DIY: https://www.pinterest.com/nlm89/diy-photo-booth-props/

http://www.photoboothprops.com/

 

More Information

Trusted Vendors:

Foto Club Inc: http://www.fotoclubinc.com/dnp-ds40-dslrbooth-case-4×6-bundle.aspx

Photobooth Owners Forum: http://photoboothowners.com/community-forums

Photobooth Talk: http://www.photoboothtalk.com/

TJ Houston

TJ Houston is the Director of Technology at Shelby City Schools and New London Local Schools for Epiphany Management. TJ leads professional development in all areas of technology and loves developing ways to make teachers, students, and staff's lives easier with the use of technology. TJ also loves photography and his portfolio can be found at http://www.tjshots.com. All of the views on this site are his own.