If you’re planning an event and have been doing research on renting a photobooth, chances are high that you’ve come across two different types of photobooth styles: (1) the traditional (or classic) photobooth and (2) the open-air design, also known as the “CrazyBooth”. The two are similar in concept, but in execution, they take completely different approaches.
On the one hand you have the classic, “box” photobooth which we’re all familiar with. It is constructed (or assembled) into an all-in-one-box that holds the guests, fires the flash, takes the picture, and prints out the strips instantly. No outside inputs are needed (other than the guests themselves!). On the other hand, you have the open-air photobooth. This setup is like a portable, mini photography studio, consisting of a portable studio backdrop system, studio lighting strobes & modifiers, camera on tripod with remote control, LCD TV for viewing shots immediately, and laptop & printer for printing out photo strips. This setup requires an attendant or two.
Now, obviously both designs each have their respective strengths and weaknesses, and at the end of the day, BOTH will be for your guests a great source of entertainment and leave you with tons of fun captures of the people who came to your event. The goal of this article is not to knock the tried-and-true classic photobooth that we all grew up loving to play with at the mall, but to offer 3 simple reasons how the new, modern open-air design takes a great, classic idea and adds TONS of potential! So without further ado:
REASON #1: MORE SPACE = MORE PEOPLE!
The BIGGEST advantage of the open-air design is that there is more space available! Where the traditional photobooth has a footprint of roughly 40″ x 60″, open-air photobooths can take up as much space as you’d like, with a typical setup being about 8′ x 10′ (96″ x 120″)! Now we’re going to be focusing on all the positives of having extra strength, but it needs to be said that the obvious downside to more space is that not all venues can accommodate the space requirements and so for this reason, the open-air design is not for every event!
But for those that CAN handle the extra space requirements, the first positive is that the greater space allows for larger groups of people! No more having to decide who gets to be in the big group picture and who has to be left out. No more worrying about faces being blocked as you cram the box as full as you possibly can (and then some!). Because the open-air photobooth is basically a mini-photo studio, you can fit as many people as you like that are able to stand in front of the backdrop! Seeing 14 people (and even more!) fit comfortably into a picture is a very common thing! And of course, when you’ve got that many people together in front of a camera, you just know some crazy things are going to happen!
REASON #2: MORE SPACE = MORE CREATIVE POTENTIAL!
Not only does the extra space allow you to include more people, the other huge advantage of having so much space is that you now have creative possibilities that you simply don’t have when stuck in a traditional box booth. The extra space allows you to “think outside the box”…literally! Action scenes! groups of people jumping! throwing people in the air! telling a story through your shot! All these are now possible because of the wide-open space that you have available to you in the open-air style photobooth.
See the links below for more suggestions with sample images on how to maximize the potential of your photobooth through creative poses, with ideas for different sized groups.
REASON #3: MORE SPACE = MORE QUALITY!
Finally, one often overlooked or unnoticed advantage that is afforded by the open-air design is the extra quality that comes from having more space, specifically the ability to get the light source a little bit off to the side to create a 3D look & feel to your images.
One of the basic techniques for getting high quality images in a photography studio is placing your main flash a little off axis (away from the camera). This causes all the faces in the image to be illuminated with a gradual shadowing from one side of the face to the other, giving a three-dimensional feel. The physical constraints of a traditional, box photobooth pretty much requires the light source to be a small rectangle, fired straight-on, right in your face.
With the extra space of an open-air design, however, your “mini-studio” photobooth can be set up with as many lights as you like to perfectly model your guests with just the right amount of highlights and shadows for not only FUN shots, but HIGH QUALITY shots! After all, if you’re going to hire a photography service, you might as well get fun AND quality, right?
So there you have it, 3 simple ways that the open-air photobooth style brings the potential for BETTER images from the photobooth at your event! If your venue is limited by space, definitely go for a classic photobooth, but if you’ve got space and are looking for an awesome experience PLUS awesome quality images, contact us to reserve your date today!
Source by Neilsen Yu