After breaking the bank on the last party for my 5 year old. I thought there must be a better way. I want my kids and there guest to have fun but taking 20 kids to a party location or renting a bouncy house cost too much.
That’s when I started thinking of a easy way to add a green screen photo booth to the next party. Kids love green screen and you can create any theme. Add to the fun by having the guest dress up as superheros, pirates, or princesses. Best of all this setup uses things you may already own and cost you as little as $5.
- Green Backdrop
- Iphone or Ipad
- Green Screen App
- Background photos
- Well lit area or lighting
The Green Backdrop
There is nothing magic about the green backdrop and it may not even need to be green(some software will let you use any color). You have a green bed sheet sitting around the house, perfect. Simply take this sheet and duct tape it to the wall. The key is to keep it tight to avoid wrinkles. Amazon also has cheap backdrops with stands if you do not want anything taped to the wall.
Iphone or IPAD
With a Tablet you will not need a computer. This will be your camera, photo editor, display and can send photos directly to a printer or Facebook.
There are lots to chose from and I have not tested them all. The one I use is the Greenscreen Wizard app. It does a good job of removing the green and is simple to use and cost only $5. The other app I have heard great things about is Green Screen by Do Ink $2.99.
Any photo will work just get creative. Dollhouse photos, scenes created with your child’s toys or the garden at ground level, have fun with it. Or you could download something from the internet.Free Superhero Shadow background
Here are a few of my favorite sources for digital backgrounds
Well lit area or lighting
If you have a room that gets lots of light you have a studio. A 10’x10′ area will work but the more room the better. To avoid have green light reflect off the green background try to have your subject stand 2 to 3 feet away from the backdrop. Direct light can be a bad think. If a hard shadow is being cast onto the backdrop this will show up in your final photo. Try opening the curtains and letting the light into the room, but not direct sunlight. If your phone can take good pictures in this room then you should be ok, just remember kids move a lot so more light will keep the shutter speed faster. If you do have a soft shadow try to keep it directly behind the subject. Still need more light, do not use a flash it will cast a hard shadow. Try lamps with lampshades. place two behind your subject to light the background, hiding shadow and one in front to light the subject.
Find something that ties the kids into the background, Sword, wands, lego heard. Just about anything that adds to the fun. The dollar store is a great place to look for these sort of things
I was lucky to already have two wireless printers in my house. Modern Inkjet printers are great at printing photos and are pretty fast. I also have a Canon Selphy printer that is more portable and prints 4×6 which was perfect for my needs.
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