the history of the photo booth
The photo booth has a surprisingly long history, and very little changed over the course of it’s time. However, with recent advances in technology, photo booths have become much more complicated and interactive. Here at Wedding Parties Entertainment, we provide top of the line mirror photo booth hire, which are at the cutting edge of photo booth technology. We’ve decided to investigate the history of the photo booth, and it’s much more fun than you’d expect.
the first photobooths from the late 1800s
We all know cameras have been around for a very long time, but when did the first photo booths show up? Well the first recorded patent for an automated photo booth was filed in 1888, but the first working machine was built by T.E. Enjalbert in 1889. It was shown at the Paris World Fair in the same year, but wasn’t massively similar to the machines we know today. They were considered automated, but were too unreliable to actually function on their own.
The first properly automated and reliable photo booth was built by Conrad Bernitt in Hamburg in 1890, but the first one to produce proper negative photos was patented in 1896 by another German called Carl Sasse. The photo booth as we know it today was created by Anatol Josepho in 1923, which featured the curtain door and booth many would recognise today. It was unveiled in New York in 1925 and cost 25 cents for a photo. In 1927, Josepho was given $1 million for is invention, and was also guaranteed a cut of all future royalties.
passport photo booths
The most well known type of photo booth is the one used for passports. These are a standard design used worldwide, and are built to print photos that meet specific passport requirements, although many have features for larger photos. The booths feature a seat, curtain, and neutral background that conform to passport specifications.
Traditional photo booths took several minutes to develop film because they still used the old fashioned method of wet chemistry. However, this process now only takes around 30 seconds thanks to developments in digital printing technology. Old wet prints were delivered in a long strip, whereas modern ones typically feature four photos printed in a square.
Although black and white photo booths are still in use in the USA, much of Europe, and the rest of the world, use only colour photo booths. However, as with much digital photography, these photos can be edited to any colour, style, or size. Some booths also offer stickers and borders for photos, but obviously these can’t be used on passport photos.
Sticker booths originated in Japan in the mid 90s, purikura (プリクラ) refers to a photo sticker booth and that allows you to print photos that can be used as stickers. The first purikura machines were sold in July 1995 and they’re still incredibly popular in Asia, but have also been exported to Australia, Europe and America in shopping malls and video game stores since 1997. They were developed by Sega in the mid-90s, and still use the same technology as they always have.
how did they work?
Almost all photo booths in the past were coin operated, and the process begins by the customer inserting the right amount of money. Next, they are able to adjust seating and lighting, and add any special effects to the photo. Some booths allow customers to take multiple photos and choose the best to be printed, whereas others only allow customers to use the first photo they take.
Touch screen photo booths allow customers to edit or pick photos, and include many more options than the traditional button operated machines. They can also be used to add virtual backgrounds, templates, and drawings that traditional photo booths don’t have.
Modern photo booths also have the option to send pictures to customer’s phones, often done wirelessly. They also have features such as different photo sizes, picture editing, and built-in printing capabilities. These are the sort of photo booths you’re likely to see at parties, rather than the type you’ll use to print your passport photos.
photo booth hire for parties
Photo booth hire for parties has become increasingly popular as technology has made the machines smaller and easier to transport. Photo booths are now a common sight at many parties, and make it much easier for guests to print memorable pictures. They’re typically rented for weddings, birthday parties, and corporate events. Many also offer the option of online photo storage, making all accessible to every guest.
the magic mirror photo booths
Mirror photo booths are the latest addition to party rental technology. They usually consist of a full-length mirror that allows guests to take photos. Many have touch screen technology, photo editing software, and printing capabilities built in. They offer guests a much greater level of customisation than traditional photo booths, make it much easier to take a photo, and are really easy to transport. Not only that, but they let guests add stickers, GIFs, virtual props, and many even feature games!
the growth of photo booth hire as a service for events
Photo booth hire has become more popular as technology has progressed. With the invention of digital cameras, people began building their own photo booths at home using available equipment, but then some savvy entrepreneurs decided to build actual booths with the same technology. The modern, rent-able photo booth was born and soared in popularity.
They’re now a regular feature at many parties, and in 2016, there were an average of 226,000 worldwide searches to photo booth rental and these days it’s become a must have for every special celebration.
3d printing photo booths
The latest development in the photo booth industry is the ability to 3D print subjects. The booth takes several 2D pictures of guests and then converts them into a 3D image! This technology is still very new and expensive, so don’t expect to see one at your party any time soon.
Mobile photo booths are an excellent addition to any party or event, and give guests easy access to memorable pictures. Wedding Parties Entertainment have the most cutting-edge mirror photo booths available, and these can be rented any time for any occasion. Our booths have touchscreen technology, GIFs and animations, and photo editing software. Contact us today to discuss arranging mirror photo booth hire for your next Melbourne event!