By Benjamin Rivera
These days, an entrepreneur-photographer who is determined to operate his own photo booth at the soonest possible time is much luckier if compared to what has been the situationfewyears ago—where no photo booth equipment supplier was ever sighted. Presently, a number of photo equipment stores along Hidalgo St. in Quiapo, Manila sellbrand-new photo booth hardware.It is pre-packaged as one photo booth unit. You name it and likely they have it—from cameras, lighting gears, tripod, laptop, printers to peripherals and accessories. They assure that each unit in the chain of hardware is matched and compatibility is assured. If you buy in lot, you could avail of some guidance regarding setup configuration and tips on photograph layout, branding, and maybe some general guidelines for start-up operations.
If your timetable is up, and having no problem of budgetary constraints, buying in brand-new package dealsuch as what is being offered on Hidalgo St. could be a practical choice. It will save you valuable time. And much more if you are the not-so-technically minded, the actual testing and demonstration of the whole unit (assembled as one photo booth)before you buy all the stuff, could boost your confidence that what you bring home is a working set of hardware for a photo booth unit.
If the chosen package appeared to be the lowest in the stores’ list, most likely, you picked the entry-level package. This package is configured so that the minimum expectation from a working photo booth is comfortably attained. You can now start servicing your client with your new photo booth.
It must be noted that what you have purchased is a bare minimum package.Practically speaking, you have just acquired a “full functioning unit of a photo booth skeleton.” To complete the photo booth unit, you’ll have to make some kind of “dressing up to your new baby.” This is now the other essential aspect of a photo booth—the aesthetic side.This is the part where you put some “limbs and skin” to your photo booth unit. In other words, your unit will have a “unique face” of its own. Remember that the appearance of your photo booth will be the visual image in the minds of your customer. Therefore, it must acquire a “handsome look” to make it attractive, appealing, and easily remembered by your patrons.
To address this concern, you may begin by “copying and improving” the physical housing of other photo booths that you have seen. And if you still want a distinct look, just keep posted for the coming issues. (More on this when we discuss the next sub-topic: “The Aesthetic Side of Photo Booth.”)
A reader might ask:Am I getting the best option to start a photo booth business if I follow the scenario above?The fitting answer lays in the perception of the reader as to what type of photo booth he has in mind. This writer will attempt to enlighten the reader with regards to the “four aspects”that makes the photo booth a whole project. Only after we finish this whole article series, the reader will have a clear stance on what type of photo booth is best for his needs.
The assembly of gadgets that works as a photo booth
- Digital camera including its photography support and accessories
- Micro computer or laptop
- TV monitor for use of subject
- Photo printer and its accessories
Secondary Equipment and Support:
- Sturdy tripod
- Lighting gears such as studio flash, umbrellas, etc.
- Remote control shutter release
- Studio background and its associated support
- Utility box for transport of photo booth
- Electrical extension cords
- Abundant inventory of props and instant costumes
The above list was stripped down to the bare minimum. Actual items will depend on the type of photo booth setup preferred by the owner. Important functions and particular details of each of the stuff will be explained in the coming issue.
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