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    How To Create A Quick And Easy Photo Booth For Awesome Family Photos

    Just add a family!

    Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

    Photo booths are awesome.

    They're popular at parties because they loosen everyone up, and you almost always look good. Plus, they make excellent fridge decor.

    But did you know they're also a great way to get really fun family photos?

    Morgan Shanahan

    And they're easy to set up yourself!

    Get creative and make your own background.

    It's up to you whether you theme it for holiday...

    ...or keep it simple.

    Use signage to help tell your story.

    ...or commemorate the occasion.

    Wrapping paper makes a great backdrop.

    Tutorial HERE.

    Plants and other seasonal touches add texture.

    Fabric can also be easily attached to the wall.

    Step-by-step instructions on how to hang a photo booth backdrop HERE.

    Use your imagination! You can fashion a backdrop out of just about anything!

    Tutorial HERE.

    Props can add an element of fun.

    But the most important part of excellent photo booth pictures is the lighting.

    Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

    Angle two lights at the backdrop (as in the above diagram), placing your camera in the center. If you've got a flash on your camera, go ahead and turn that on too. If you don't have photo lights (which you can grab HERE or HERE), run-of-the-mill work lights from any hardware store (like THESE) will do the job just fine.

    (If your work lights are too harsh, you can try diffusing them with wax paper, which is able to tolerate high temperatures. If you do use diffusion, use caution, and don't blame me if anything catches on fire.)

    Go digital.

    External Flash
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    If all else fails, you can sync up iPhone flashes and use light from multiple devices with this nifty app.

    What you'll need to build a photo booth:

    • Backdrop (wrapping paper? cloth? a sheet? tinsel?!)

    • Two light sources (to eliminate each other's shadows and give you that smooth, flawless photo booth look)

    • A camera (even a well-equipped smartphone can work surprisingly well if the lighting is right)

    • A remote for said camera, and/or person(s) to man the camera

    • Props if you please (you can make your own, like THESE!)

    • Family, friends, and fun!

    That's it! Your photo booth is ready! Get the whole family together and say cheese!

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