What do you need for a DIY or a Photo Booth business

A photo booth is the best way for an event or a wedding to have the memories of their guest. It’s also a piece of souvenir for the guest to bring back home. I ran a photo booth business as a freelancer for almost a year. I could recall the joy and happiness of the guest when they had their pictures taken. They would dress themselves up with hats, mask and props, to pose in front of the camera. They would laugh at their get-up when they received the printed photo.

Sourcing for the right equipment was hard. I couldn’t differentiate between a digital camera and a DSLR. There were also several printers to choose from. I remember spending days googling for reviews and comparison.

I bought the low-cost types of equipment first.

  1. A backdrop stand to hold up my various backdrop designs. The wider and taller the backdrop is better as it can accommodate more guest per picture. Make sure that the stand is a sturdy and heavy duty one. Lastly, it would be very convenient if it comes with a bag (so you can put them over your shoulder and ready to go).
  2. Of course, you will need a backdrop to go along with the stand! I bought many designs for the clients to choose from such as a sparkly tinsel (you will need to order three pieces for a 3m backdrop stand), a black backdrop for your tinsel to stand out, a beautiful rose backdrop, superhero backdrop (perfect for children’s birthday!) or a tulle curtain decorated with fairy lights. The possibilities are endless! The only limitation is creativity.
  3. Props! Photo booth wouldn’t be fun without funny props, witty props and quirky props & crazy hats!
  4. Guestbook to paste the guest picture and leave messages for the bride and groom.

Now it’s time for the electrical equipment that cost more bucks. There are various options to choose from. At the end of the day, it all came down to your budget for the types of equipment.

The camera that I used for my photo booth is Canon EOS Rebel T6i/750D. They are wifi enabled, and they are perfect for a beginner like me. However, do not limit yourself with my suggestion. They are other affordable entry-level cameras on the market such as Nikon D3400 & Canon EOS Rebel T6/1300D. But remember to check out the specifications before making your decision.

I owned two type of printers.

  1. Canon Selphy CP1300 Pros: Portable and Light. It’s equipped with wifi connectivity to print from your computer and mobile. AirPrint is available to those who own an Apple device. They also have CanonPRINT that are compatible with some Canon camera. Cons: If you are expecting a crowd, this device can slow you down. Its printing speed takes an average of 30 seconds per 4R.
  2. DNP 620A Pros: Fast 8 seconds print. Built-in cutter for 2 x 6 picture. Cheaper per 4R print. Cons: Heavy, expensive & no built-in wifi. You have to connect a wire to your computer to connect them to your DSLR.

Even though I listed more cons with the DNP printer, I actually use it more than the canon selphy. The reason is that most of the guest does not like to wait around for their prints. I would get complains about the long waiting time.

If you want to do a DIY photobooth or a small scale birthday party photo booth, then Canon Selphy will be great for you.

Of course, there are other printers that you can consider. Examples: DNP DS-RX1HS, HiTi P525L, Epson PictureMate PM400.

You can also substitute the DSLR with iPad or tablets. There is a lot of readily available photo booth app in the apps store/play store. Until then, I wish you good luck on your photo booth journey!

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