How to Set Up a Video Booth

How to Set Up a Video Booth

Do something a little different for your next party or event. Many go straight to setting up a photo booth but why not a video booth? Video might seem more complicated and expensive but we’ll show you just how easy it can be and the results will wow your guests.

Gear Summary

You’ll need a video camera or DSLR that can shoot video, an AC adapter for the camera, a sturdy tripod, a fast memory card for recording HD quality, an external microphone, lighting, and a remote trigger. Note: Your light source will be on the whole time, so it is smart to choose an LED because they do not get hot.

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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

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Tools:

Gaff Tape

Sandbags

Power Strip

Grip Clamps

Screw Driver

Headphones

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Setup:

Have a friend stand 1-3 feet in front of your backdrop. The reason why they should stand relatively close to the backdrop is because your lights will need reach both your guests and the backdrop. For this 3-light setup you’ll need to place both of the LED Light Panels to the side of the camera and turn them in about 45 degrees and aimed at where you want the guests to stand. The lights will provide even lighting of your subjects as well as illuminate the background. We used an LED Ring Light (optional) to fill in shadows directly in the middle of the guests’ faces. Our goal was to have very even lighting but you can use fewer or more lights for your own desired effect.

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Once your lights are in place you can adjust the brightness to work with your camera settings. People tend to move a little inside a boot and do not always stand in the exact same spot every time so it’s a good idea to set your aperture in the range of f/4-f/8. The Lightpanel LED Mini Righlight has a hotshoe on the top where you can attach the Rode Video Mic. Attach it there but before plugging it in and turning it on, shoot a test video. Then plug it in and turn it on and shoot another test video. Use your headphones to review both of the test videos to make sure that your mic is working. Remember to make sure the mic is on and has batteries, where applicable.

Once all of the lighting and audio are setup you can use a shutter release cable or wireless remote to trigger the camera. Finally, make sure that sandbags are used to anchor lightstands and all cords/cables are taped down so that nobody trips over them.

At the end of your event you can edit all the video clips into a highlight reel or upload all the individual recordings and send them out to your guests!

Interested in a more traditional photo booth setup? Check out this article where we go over how to set one up:

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Cortigiano is a food, lifestyle, and event photographer with a contemporary aesthetic. She received an undergraduate degree in photography at Drexel University and has gone on to work as a freelance photographer and teaching artist in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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3 Comments

  1. How about focus? Auto or pre-set manual during set-up?

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    • You can use manual focus. Pre-focus at a spot marked on the floor or put a chair/stool there for people to sit on so they are consistent in where they are. Use an aperture of f/4-f/8 to provide yourself a little wiggle room if the subjects move frontwards or backwards from the set focus mark.

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  2. Awesome article! This is a great idea for trade shows and sales meetings too!

    Am I missing something or is there no link to a sample of the footage? I would love to see what this setup looks like on ‘film’! 🙂

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