How-to & Supplies

Running your own photo booth is pretty easy. We’ve put together everything you need for you to run your own photo booth. The first thing you’ll need is to gather a few items together, of course you can improvise as needed.

Things You’ll Need

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own diy photo booth.


  • PhotoBooth Software: We got that covered, download now
  • DSLR Camera: Nikon, Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Pentax. See list of supported cameras.
  • Cable to connect Camera to Laptop: Usually you’ll need a USB A to Mini-B 5-pin cable. Some other cameras require a micro-usb cable. Make sure it’s long enough to reach from your camera to your laptop.
  • Lighting: Flash/Strobe, Monolight, Continuous Lighting. You can use your on camera flash but the results will not be flattering.
  • Printer. Please do yourself a favor and don’t use an inkjet printer. The prints will smudge and the quality isn’t good enough.

Highly Recommended

  • Tripod to make sure your pictures and clear and level.
  • Background: We like the Westcott backgrounds, they’re huge and elegant. Our favorites are the onyx black and the red modern vintage.
  • Background Stand to securely hold up your background. If you’re a photographer and already have light stands, we highly recommend the Manfrotto Adjustable Holder Crossbar
  • Props. They make people go crazy. A good source is your local 99 cent stores, 5 below, Walmart, and party stores.

Next Steps