Build your own photobooth - for weddings and other events!

It's that easy to build a photo booth yourself.

The photobooth booths that you know from weddings, birthdays and other events can be built relatively easily yourself if you are willing to invest 150 to 200 euros and have an iPad. How this works is explained in a video that I will include for you here:

DIY photobooth with the Canon Selphy CP1300

Since the small Canon Selphy CP1300 has been delighting me with great photos for several weeks, I researched and recreated this small application example for my purposes. Anyway, I have various iPads, mounts and photo tripods and now I also own the printer. So I just had to get the right app (is presented below!).

The Canon Selphy (here is a test report for the printer) is the "heart" of the DIY photo booth, because it prints the photos in an impressive quality. The whole thing takes about two minutes with a snap and is a great gag for every wedding.

My Canon Selphy 1300 can even be operated without a socket thanks to the battery (gray part above). Perfect for parties!

My Canon Selphy 1300 can even be operated without a socket thanks to the battery (gray part above). Perfect for parties!

The difference between a professional photobooth and a DIY photobooth

It has to be said, however, that the solution cannot be compared with a "professional" photo booth that can be used by guests all day without supervision. You usually have to rent this, but this often costs 250 euros and more per day.

With the photo booth presented here for self-construction, one person should help the guests, because the Canon Selphy has a paper cassette that only holds around 20 sheets of photo paper. After about 50 printouts you have to change the color cartridge. Of course, this should be done for the guests. The advantage of the do-it-yourself solution is that you have a great photo printer afterwards and that the costs are even cheaper.

The bag from Supremery makes the Selphy CP1300 transportable and you always have all the important parts with you.

The bag from Supremery makes the Selphy CP1300 transportable and you always have all the important parts with you (photos: Sir Apfelot).

What do you need for the do-it-yourself photo booth?

I have put together a list of the accessories that you need for the DIY photo booth. With the iPad holder and the photo accessories you can of course take what you like. My parts are just suggestions ...

The "My Photobooth" app, which I bought (just under 11 EUR), is also recommended in the video. It offers the possibility to use the iPad in portrait and landscape format and to print the photos accordingly in both formats.

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The great thing about the app is the included frames, which you can even replace with your own frames that you made in Photoshop. You can take one of the templates, adapt it in Photoshop and then save it in a "Photo Booth Borders" photo album in the Photos app. There the app looks for graphics and uses them.

This is what the preview of the photobooth printout looks like in the app. I only tried it once ... that's why there are no streamers in the photos!

This is what the preview of the photobooth printout looks like in the app. I only tried it once ... that's why there are no streamers in the photos!

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My conclusion on the DIY photobooth

I think with this equipment you can build a relatively cheap photo booth yourself. Since you can get by with inexpensive accessories, which in some cases may already be available in the household, you can also use them to do perfect photo sessions on children's birthday parties. The children can dress up and then take photos of themselves. My kids love such photos with their friends anyway!

But of course the setup is also suitable for weddings and other celebrations. By the way, WLAN access is not necessary, because the Canon Selphy opens up its own WLAN network if required, which can then be used to control it with the iPad.

Despite the price, the choice of the app fell on "My Photobooth", as this app is a nice all-in-one solution that is optimized for the Canon Selphy. Plus there is some frameswhich can be downloaded for free from the website. They are nicely designed and the photos make a lot more of them. The frames are then of course tinkered "on-the-fly" over the photos in the app, so that you no longer have to edit the images here.

I hope you enjoy the DIY photo booth. The photos only cost around 25 cents when printed, which is definitely worth the fun.

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8 comments

  1. Thomas says:

    Cool tip! Is saved :-)

  2. Mario says:

    hi, did that work for you with the alignment when printing? As soon as I operate the tablet in landscape mode, the printer is controlled in portrait mode.

    Unfortunately, my iPad doesn't remember the printer as the default either :(

    • sir appleot says:

      Hello Mario! I tried the app on iOS 12. Since it is now ipadOS 13, I am not sure if the problem could be related to that. Maybe the developers need to adapt the app to the new system. At the time, however, the printout worked perfectly for me.

  3. Christoph says:

    I have the same problem with iOS 13. Unfortunately, the printer does not rotate the "landscape" image. Is there an alternative that someone can recommend for a similar price?

    • sir appleot says:

      Hello CXhristoph! Do you mean an alternative to the Photobooth app or the Selphy printer?

    • Mario says:

      I've tried a few apps now and unfortunately can't find anything that is anywhere near as cheap.
      My solution is now the portrait photo mode and after using it on New Year's Eve I had to realize that it doesn't really matter to me whether the pictures are portraits. The main thing is that the pressure works

  4. Christoph says:

    To the app :-) Thank you

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