How to Make a DIY Photo Booth

How to Make a DIY Photo Booth

The silly snapshots. The funky hats. The feather boas. When it comes to planning the big holiday party, few things capture all of the fun and lasting memories like a photo booth. If you're finding it a little difficult to justify coughing up the dough for a professional setup, why not just skip the expensive rental and create a one-of-a-kind booth of your own?

Equip Yourself

Holiday Party Hack: How to Make a DIY Photo Booth

You'll need a digital camera and a tripod that's tall enough to extend to eye level. A Wi-Fi-enabled Canon DSLR makes taking and sharing photos with your guests infinitely easier. For example, you can turn your smartphone into a wireless remote for the camera using the wireless shutter control function of the Canon Camera Connect app. That means your guests can snap their own photos, leaving you free to enjoy the festivities instead of manning the camera all night. Wi-Fi means you can also post photos from the camera directly to social media, email them to family and friends or share them to a nearby tablet or smartphone for better viewing. A wireless printer takes it one step further, giving you instant party favors: holiday prints right on the spot.

Background Dressing

Holiday Party Hack: How to Make a DIY Photo Booth

The right backdrop can make holiday photos really pop with personality, and while a simple, solid-colored backdrop will certainly suffice, your Canon DSLR camera captures even the most finely-detailed textures and patterns. Balloons, sparkly tinsel, heavily patterned gift wrap or textured fabrics all make great options. Whatever you decide, though, make sure it's big enough to fill the entire background — shoot for roughly 6 feet by 4 feet to keep things proportional to your camera's viewfinder. Secure it with heavy-duty tape or a sturdy stand.

Prop it Up

Holiday Party Hack: How to Make a DIY Photo Booth

A Canon DSLR camera auto-focuses quickly and is able to detect skin tones and track moving subjects with accuracy, so there’s little risk of blurriness in your photos amidst even the most frenzied celebrations. Take advantage of this added functionality by providing plenty of eye-catching props for your guests to hold while they pose. Lend a few decorations from your personal collection, grab a few toys your kids have outgrown, or wrap a group of empty boxes. Spring for a few holiday-themed costume items or lay out some sprigs of evergreen. Then, add a couple hand-made signs to make your guests' photo booth experience even more eye-catching.

Other Tips

Holiday Party Hack: How to Make a DIY Photo Booth

Here are a few more ways to make your holiday photo booth a success:

• Set up your booth in a well-lit corner of the room, and either enable the camera’s automatic flash or bring a few lamps over. Your Canon DSLR camera may already minimize blur when shooting in dark conditions, but the more extra lighting you can provide, the better.

• Take a few test pictures to ensure you've framed the shot and the camera is angled appropriately. Engage the camera’s AF to ensure that, no matter the angle of the lens or the amount of movement in the viewfinder, the camera detects subjects quickly.

• Create a party-specific hashtag so your guests can tag themselves and browse through the rest of the photographs on social media.

• Create a fun sign to direct and invite guests to visit the photo booth for their special party shot.

• Mark the floor with masking tape so your guests know where to stand. Nothing ruins a picture faster than a cut-off head.