Soon you organize a party and of course you also want to take lots of nice pictures. The photographer can not really celebrate with the guests, and renting a pro is often too expensive. So what to do? Here we offer you the perfect solution – build a photo box yourself! The Photo Box (Photo Booth) is a gorgeous device that can take photos automatically without the presence of a photographer. Below you will learn all about its structure and find a simple guide to help you build a wooden photo box yourself. Let yourself be inspired and enjoy reading!
Build your own photo box for successful photos at every celebration
A photo box usually contains a camera and a tablet, which are placed in a wooden or metal box. The tablet gives you the ability to view the photos on your screen as soon as they are taken. It is tied to the camera – most often with a WiFi memory card, which transfers the images via WLAN to the tablet. In addition to a memory card, you also need special software for the tablet – for iPad, for example, the app ShutterSnitch is recommended. Some photo boxes are also equipped with a printer that prints the photos taken immediately. Others have external or built-in flash for photos in dark rooms, a reflex umbrella that provides the optimal lighting conditions, or a remote shutter that allows you to take photos at a certain distance. There are also photo boxes with special memory cards with online connection, which give you the opportunity to share the pictures directly into a Dropbox after you have taken them. Of course you can also rent a photo box, but unfortunately this is not a cheap affair. Therefore, below we offer a simple construction guide for photo box made of wood, and give you many helpful tips for a professional result. Continue reading!
Build your own photo box – necessary materials
As mentioned above, the photo booth at weddings, birthdays, and parties is a great thing, and if you own a professional camera, you might try to build one yourself. Apart from good technology, you also need suitable material for the housing – in our case wood, and more precisely – plywood boards. A list of all the necessary materials can be found below – and we did not give any details because the size of the photo box actually depends on the camera. You need:
• plywood panels
• squared timber
• wooden angle bar
Build Photo Booth yourself: how are you?
The photo box will have a classic square shape. An idea that would make your job much easier is to buy a finished wooden box of the appropriate size. If you start the construction from scratch, you should first mark the locations for the holes on the plywood panels. First, you need a round hole for the camera – it should be at least 1 cm wider than the diameter of the lens. You still need a recess for the tablet, so you also need to measure its size accurately. Saw the plywood boards according to the markings. Then you should make a door for the photo box using the hinges – preferably on the back. The mounts for the tablet and the camera are also an important part of the design. For the camera mount, you could again use a plywood board and saw the corresponding recess. The tablet holder can also be made of wood by means of an angle bar. Insulate with some felt to prevent scratches on the tablet. In the photo box, you should definitely also provide a stretch bar, which guarantees a permanent power supply. Plug in the camera and tablet power supplies and your home-made photo box is ready to go! The box can be painted and painted as desired to give it a great look. Look at the photos in this post – they might give you some inspiring design ideas!