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'The Super Basic': The easiest way to set up a photobooth at your next party

Posted on 25 December 2013 by Joseph

Let's say you're throwing a party, and you want to have a photobooth, but the basic instructions seemed like too much. Maybe you just had the idea today, and you want to whip up a hot batch of photobooth in time for your wine social later this evening (my GAWD what will your friends think if you don't have a PHOTOBOOTH??). Or maybe, you're like me and your bookcases are too full for the setup we went over. Or maybe, also like me, you're lazy. Or maybe you forgot that your child was turning 9. At any rate, not to fear! Thanks to the ''Super Basic'' booth setup, you can still rock a booth at your shindig with next to nothing.

The equipment

When you see this list, you'll probably have already guessed the punchline. Here's what you need:

That's it. No fuss, no muss.

The setup

Put the laptop on the table. Fire up your Photobooth Creator booth. Donezo!

Seriously though, it's not the most elegant solution. People will have to either get low enough to be in front of the camera, or the camera will have to point up which often creates unflattering shadows or double-chin effects. Without a backdrop, it's hard for the webcam to get the white balance correct. Etc, etc.

In fact, all of the comments from the last post regarding lighting, backdrop, and other environmental concerns still apply, so grab a desk lamp if you've got one.

The point is, even though this solution isn't perfect, it is ''still better than no webcam''. A buddy of mine recently set up a webcam using this exact description and captured images of his family from his recent baby shower. Would they have been better with a more sophisticated setup? Sure. Were they bad pictures? Far from it.

Long story short: ''set your laptop on a table, spend three bucks, and enjoy a webcam at your next party.