3 Advantages of Studio-Style Photobooths!

If you’re planning an event and have been doing research on renting a photobooth, chances are high that you’ve come across two different types of photobooth styles:  (1) the traditional (or classic) photobooth (below left) and (2) the studio-style design, also known as the CrazyBooth (below right).  The two are similar in concept, but in execution, they take completely different approaches (At MeboPhoto, we use an open, mini-photo studio design.)

On the left you have the classic photobooth which we’re all familiar with.  It is constructed (or assembled) into an all-in-one-box that holds the guests, fires the flash, takes the picture, and prints out the strips instantly.  No outside inputs needed (other than the guests themselves!).  On the right are images from an open, studio-style photobooth session at a party.  The setup consists of a portable studio backdrop system, studio lighting strobes & modifiers, camera on tripod with remote control, LCD TV for viewing shots immediately, and laptop & printer for printing out photo strips (not shown in picture).

Now, obviously both designs each have their respective strengths and weaknesses, and at the end of the day, BOTH will give your guests a great source of entertainment and leave you with tons of fun captures of the people who came to your event. The goal of this article is not to knock the tried-and-true classic photobooth that we all grew up loving to play with at the mall, but to offer 3 simple ways how the new, modern open, studio-style design takes a great, classic idea and adds TONS of potential!  So without further ado:

Reason #1: More Space = More people!

The BIGGEST advantage of the studio-style design is that there is more space available!  Where the traditional photobooth has a footprint of roughly 40″ x 60″, studio-styled photobooths can take up as much space as you’d like, with a typical MeboPhoto setup being about 8′ x 10′ (96″ x 120″)!  Now we’re going to be focusing on all the positives of having extra space, but it needs to be said that the obvious downside to more space is that not all venues can accommodate this and so for this reason, the open, studio-style design is not for every event!

But for those that CAN handle the extra space requirements, the first positive is that the greater space allows for larger groups of people!  No more having to decide who gets to be in the big group picture and who has to be left out.  No more worrying about faces being blocked as you cram the box as full as you possibly can, and then some!  Because this design is basically a mini-photo studio, you can fit as many people as you like that are able to stand in front of the backdrop! In our experiences, we’ve seen 14 people fit in with space behind and in front for more!

Reason #2: More Space = More creative potential!

Not only does the extra space allow you to cram people in, the other huge advantage of having so much space is that you now have creative possibilities that you simply don’t have when stuck in a traditional box booth. The extra space allows you to “think outside the box”…literally! Of course, that often happens better when you have people giving suggestions and pose ideas. We’ve covered this in another article, 5 Tips for Photobooth Posing, but think action! jumping! throwing! mini stories or scenes!  Check out that other article for all the potential!

Reason #3: More Space = More quality!

Finally, one often overlooked or unnoticed that is afforded by the open, studio-style design is the extra quality that comes from having more space, specifically the ability to get the light source a little bit off to the side, make it nice and soft with a BIG light modifier (light a shoot-through umbrella or softbox), and create a 3D look & feel to your images.

One of the basic techniques to getting high quality images in a studio is placing your main flash a little off axis (away from the camera).  The physical constraints of a traditional photobooth pretty much dictate the flash to be a small rectangle, fired straight-on, right in your face.

With the extra space of an open, studio-style design, however, your “mini-studio” photobooth can be set up with as many lights as you like to perfectly model your guests with just the right amount of highlights and shadows for not only FUN shots, but HIGH QUALITY shots! After all, if you’re going to rent a photography service, might as well get fun AND quality, right?

So there you have it, 3 simple ways that the open, studio-style photobooth style brings the potential for BETTER images from the photobooth at your event! If your venue is limited by space, definitely go for a classic photobooth, but if you’ve got space and are looking for an awesome experience PLUS awesome quality images, contact us to reserve your date today!

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