You can construct your own homemade photo booth with your camera and a big box. Don’t forget the pimp hat because everybody loves a pimp hat.
- 1 cardboard refrigerator box
- 5 yards of black velvet panne fabric
- curtain rod
- fabric ring clips
- x-acto knife
- Canon EOS Rebel XS DSLR with kit lens
- Canon Speedlite 430EX II flash
- Mini softbox flash diffuser
- a toy ukulele, wigs and many, many hats (throw it all in, anything you can find)
Call your local appliance store and ask if they are throwing out any refrigerator boxes. I was able to find three. They are BIG so I suggest you bring along some help and a ride with lots of room.
I positioned my box with the flaps on top to make a roof.
Then I made three holes with the x-acto knife: one was an arched doorway, on another wall I made a small circular opening for my camera and a square above it for the flash.
I set up my tripod and camera on the outside and pushed the shutter myself.
I lined the inside of the booth with the fabric (stapling it at the top) and used the curtain rod and clips to create a curtain across the archway I made.
The effect was great! My Canon did it’s magic like it always does. The diffused light was flattering, albeit bright and startling.
Being in a cardboard box makes people silly and they do things they wouldn’t ordinarily do on the “red carpet.” A lot of people said it was their favorite part of the night.
Warnings, advice, etc.: Be careful to give your lens lots of room. When the box got to rockin’ (and it will) the camera got some knockin’. Bring a flash light. Oh yeah, and next time, make it out of something tougher, like wood. That’s what I’m going to do.
You can get really fancy with a photo booth. This is about as basic as one can possibly rig it.
Construction of my booth took a couple hours, from concept to finished box.
I think the DIY charm of taking pictures in a cardboard box brought out the kid in everyone and made the shots even more playful. Awesome maiden voyage.