For your next party or event, you might want to consider an alternative idea. Typically, people go ahead and set up a photo booth – great, but what about a video booth? The video booth might seem more complicated and expensive at first, but we’re here to show you that it isn’t. Consider how much fun it will be for guests and how the final product will amaze them.

Gear Summary

To capture the footage of a fast-moving object, you will need a DSLR or video camera, a tripod for stability, an AC adapter, a memory card with a high speed, a microphone for sound, lighting to adjust the definition of definition in shadows, and a remote trigger.

Pro Tip: Pay attention to the light source, too. This one will be on for the whole time, so LEDs are a great suggestion.

The Gear We Used:

Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR

Sachtler Ace M Fluid Head Tripod System

64GB 280MB/s SDXC Class 3 UHS-II Memory Card

Rode VideoMic Pro Hotshoe Microphone

Litepanels 1×1 Daylight LED Kit

Litepanels LED Mini Ringlite

Canon RC-6 Wireless Remote Control

Canon ACK-E8 AC Adapter Kit

Tools

Gaff Tape

Sandbags

Power Strip

Grip Clamps

Screw Driver

Headphones

Setup

First, make sure you have a friend to stand in front of the backdrop. They should be about 1-3 feet in front of the backdrop because they will need to be in reach of both your guests and the backdrop. To light your subjects evenly, you will need to set up your LED Light Panels on one side of the camera and turn it around for about 45 degrees. Aiming it towards your intended subject’s position will provide even lighting and illuminate the background. 

 Perhaps you can use an LED ring light to fill in shadows. Your goal is to have even lighting, but different lighting sets the mood.

For each camera set up, adjust the brightness of the lights. I know it seems like I’m standing in the same place all the time, but some people prefer to move a little inside their boots and don’t always stand in the same spot. That is why I set my aperture between the range of f/4-f/8. The Light panel LED Mini Highlight has a hot shoe at the top where you attach the microphone.

So, you have all the lights and audio right? Now you can use a shutter release cable or wireless remote to trigger the camera. Finally, make sure you have sandbags on lightstands and tape down any cords or cables that are posing a threat to anyone.

When the event has concluded, you can edit all the video highlights and create a highlight reel or upload all the individual clips and send them out to guests.

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