April 18, 2014

Scrolling Headlines:

John Ashcroft faces criticism during speech -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

UMass football continues move in new direction in annual Spring Game -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Student rally in support of Gordon, LGBTQ community -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thousands gather in Amherst Commons for 23rd Annual Extravaganja -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sexual violence is not ‘normal’ -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

One year after Boston Marathon bombings, UMass doctor Pierre Rouzier continues passion to help -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Photo Slideshow: UMass United Rally -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Get Yourself Tested at UMass -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Library labyrinth targets stress -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

There is nothing to debate about global warming -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

UMass hits the road to take on LaSalle -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

No. 11 UMass women’s lacrosse looks to extend winning streak against Richmond -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive latest McCormack Executive-in-Residence -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Got a little Irish in you? -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

UMass doctoral student awarded Soros Fellowship -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

UMass Dressage Team discusses the lesser-known sport -

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Canelas: Things worth watching in Spring Game 2014 -

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

‘The Walking Dead’ finale resurrects a dull season -

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Five places to study at UMass -

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

UMass tennis team battles injuries as season comes to an end -

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Photo Booth lets partiers save face

If you’re an avid partygoer, you’ve probably been tagged in your fair share of embarrassing photos. You may have woken up on Saturday afternoon, logged onto your Facebook and gone through photo upon photo removing said tags so nobody would know how much of a hot mess you were the night before.

What if there were a way that you could take all the party photos you wanted while maintaining a more flattering appearance – if the person with the camera wasn’t only stealing your soul at your most unattractive moments? Fortunately for you, there is a solution: the do-it-yourself party photo booth.

You can get as detailed as you want with this project – whether you want to take the steps to actually construct a booth or take the easier route to make a cheap (but still fully functional) “booth” wherever you choose to get down. A photo booth feel is easy to achieve in any setting, assuming you have a backdrop and someplace to hang it from.

For a more authentic-feeling booth, use a corner of a room or a closet. For the backdrop, a simple sheet or tapestry will suffice.

All you really need to do to set up the booth is clear out the area you’d like to use for it and hang your chosen backdrop from the ceiling, or from any support that is out of view from your camera’s lens. For lighting, you can set up a desk light so that it’s pointing towards where your subjects will be standing.

With your “booth” and lighting set up, all you need now is your camera and any necessary support for it. You can set up your camera on a table or a tripod; you could even find a steady-handed friend to help out, or get your friends to take turns shooting. Relatively cheap tripods are available at Best Buy for as low as $15.99, and camera attachments are universal so whichever one you choose to buy will work for any camera.

I wanted to try this idea at a party on New Year’s a few weeks ago. I planned to find a tripod and a remote control for my camera, thinking that I could set it up, leave it on and carry the remote around with me so I could take photos from around the room. But alas, I could not afford the tripod or the remote, and I didn’t want to impose in a house other than my own by hanging my own backdrops on the walls.

The DIY photo booth is not unlike the method used by two wedding photographers, Jesse and Whitney, on their website, ourblogoflove.com. They call it their “smilebooth.” Each photo is impeccable and captures the pure excitement that radiates from each bride, groom and wedding guest who ventures into the room where the photographers have set up shop. They come prepared with a slew of props for their subjects to use in their pictures. (The photos are made even more fun by the varying levels of clear intoxication in a lot of photo subjects.)

Check out ourblogoflove.com to see even more of the indescribably creative and entertaining photography from the smilebooth and make your own at your next blowout.

Ellie Rulon-Miller can be reached at erulonmi@student.umass.edu.

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