Renting a photo booth seems to be getting more and more complicated. Many of the terms used in stand business are lost with actual customers. This article is an attempt to clear some of the jargon, provide some tips, and help you make informed decisions. Fully armed, you can rent the perfect stand for your event.
This is a term that you will see a lot. DSLR stands for Digital Single Lens Reflex. Basically the digital equivalent of the 35mm Nikon or Pentax your parents used to carry around. A DSLR can certainly take good quality photos. However, many point-and-shoot cameras also produce high-quality results. It is best to look at examples of recent events.
Dye Sub is the abbreviation for dye sublimation. Virtually all legitimate photos from both surgeries use some form of this technology. Dye-sublimation printers use a thermal transfer process that uses film to create images on paper. The quality is usually good and the printing speed is fast. There is no noticeable difference between one dye sub-printer and another. Avoid people who still use inkjet printers. While the quality is good, the time it takes to get your print triples will triple.
Green screen is a feature often offered by photo booth companies. Green screen is the process used on television and in movies. The actor stands in front of a green background. The software removes the green background and replaces it with the video clip of your choice. The same process can be done in a photo booth with less precise results. The stand will have a green background. When you step into the monitor, you won’t see the green background, but the custom background loaded into the software. Your stripes will also be printed with a custom background.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that the cutouts won’t be perfect. Some green borders are almost always present. Hardly noticeable on the small stripes. However, this is very noticeable in printing individual images after your event.
Social media integration
The integration of social media is increasingly in demand. The idea is to enable instant sharing of your photo booth pictures on social media like Facebook and Twitter. This is achieved by two different methods.
The first method involves screen advertising where you can enter data and send the picture to yourself. While this method is great for low-volume events, it greatly reduces the number of sessions the booth can hold per hour.
The second method is to use a social media kiosk outside the booth. While this can cause overload, it will allow your photo booth to keep buzzing.
In order for your social media integration to work smoothly, you need a reliable, fast WiFi signal at your event. Be sure to check with your venue and photo booth company.
Unlimited Sessions versus Unlimited Stripes
Finally, let’s clear this one up once and for all.
A session is generally defined as each time the photo sequence is started. It doesn’t matter if it’s a group of 20 or a single couple. When the camera starts spinning and the lights pop, the session has started. Unlimited sessions mean you can use the booth as many times as you want. Typically, two 2×6 inch photo strips are printed per session.
Unlimited stripes mean that instead of the stand that prints two 2×6’s per session, it prints as many stripes as you want. Usually one for everyone at the booth.
Photo booth companies are often very slang to convince potential customers of what makes them special. It’s best to keep it simple. Know what the booth looks like, see some examples of recent events, get references, and check that the insurance is properly taken out. Have fun!