No, we’re not talking about Nikola Tamindzic [careful, some images NSFW], this is about the digital reinvention of the photo booth.
Party photos are tough to take, especially if you’re the host and your guests are camera-shy. A surefire method to great snaps? Power to the people!
Yes, friends, the photo booth is back. And it’s not just for drug stores and shopping malls any more — several enterprising photographers have reimagined the humble automatic photographic machine as the life of the party.
Here’s a couple of our favorites along with instructions for rolling your own:
It’s been to parties at the Whitney, celebrity bashes, even bar mitzvahs. But Mark’s booth follows a deceptively simple formula: beautiful, flattering lighting, instant feedback (every photo is projected onto a wall as soon as it’s taken, and cycles with other photos for the rest of the night), and a printout to go. As a bonus, all the photos are available online the very next day.
Brian Walsh’s Flickr Photo Booth at the Shine bar in San Francisco looks just like a traditional photo booth. It even sets your photos in the traditional 4-to-a-strip format. And then it uploads them straight to Flickr. We hear on some nights, the booth is more popular than the dance floor.
Grab a couple friends and hunker down with this tutorial and you’ll combine a computer, camera, and printer to build your own modern-day photo booth. (For extra help, check out this DIY photo booth forum.)