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Pros and Cons of a DIY Photobooth

August 16th, 2016 by Jeannine

Pros and Cons of a DIY Photobooth

Would you ever DIY a photobooth? There are apps for that, even some that allow you to use your DSLR for better quality photos, print photos with your own printer and even send copies via email. Sounds like a good idea if you’re on a budget, right? Or is it worth shelling out the money for professional help? Let’s weigh the pros and cons.

Why It’s a Good Idea…

  • Saves money – Buying software vs hiring a crew will save you big.
  • Reuse for a future event – Since you bought the software already, you can always bust it out at the next party.
  • Try them for free – Photobooth software like dslrBooth and Sparkbooth have free trials so you can see if it works for you before you purchase. You can then experiment with backdrops and lighting to see how it would all look.
  • Use your own props – You can buy your own props, or use what you’ve got already. Maybe you want specific props that another photobooth company doesn’t have… you can get the exact items you want from your favourite party store.

Why It Isn’t…

  • DIY Troubleshooting – In case people are confused on how to use it or if something malfunctions, you’ll have to work out the problem yourself. Professional photobooths usually include an attendant who will be there to solve problems.
  • Could end up costing more – It could actually cost more money in the end if you want everything to look great. If you want a backdrop, good lighting, prints, props, and stands… you’ll have to source these out yourself and it could add to the cost.
  • You have to set up & tear down yourself – You’ll have to designate someone or take charge of setting it up and tearing it down. Hired professionals will come in, set up, attend to your guests, and tear everything down themselves… Less for you to worry about.
  • It may not be worth the hassle - If you don’t have basic knowledge of photography and lighting, don’t have time to experiment and try out the software, or even buy props, maybe you’re better off hiring someone who knows what they’re doing. Time is money, after all!

What do you think? Ever done this before? Share your tips in the comments section below. My only advice, if you do choose the DIY route, set it all up at home as you would want it to appear and test the heck out of it. Designate someone to be in charge of it and teach them to set it up for you at the event. It’ll be a major bummer if it ends up not working on the big day itself. Good luck and do let me know if you’ve had success in doing this :)

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