Happy 4th of July weekend! Who is ready to see some fireworks? Speaking of fireworks, have you ever found it difficult to time the perfect photo op in front of fireworks?
Brent and I had an entertaining and silly time tonight creating an excellent and easy solution, a fireworks video photo booth! This would be a great addition to any 4th of July party. It creates a patriotic atmosphere, you never have to worry about missing that perfect pose in front of the fireworks and you don’t even have to leave your backyard!
Instead of having a static photo backdrop we created a video backdrop. We used a laptop with a fireworks video playing, a projector and a white piece of fabric. Our backyard has these huge trees so we took advantage of them and strung the white fabric between two trees and then placed the projector playing the video behind the sheet so it rear projected the laptop screen onto the fabric. We had all these items on hand so this was a very inexpensive project but we think it is unique and will bring lots of enjoyment to a party.
The fun thing about the video backdrop is you can take static photos or quick little Instagram videos with the fireworks going off behind you and nobody would ever know the difference. At the end of the night if you are too tired to leave your house to go to a fireworks show, just pull your lawn chair up and oooh and ahhh over this prerecorded fireworks display. It all pretty much looks the same anyway.
^^^ Having patriotic props on hand is a must.
Here was our set up. In order to see the projection it must be dark out which can cause the subjects posing in front of the backdrop to be only silhouettes so our solution was to add two lights in front of the fabric. We covered the lights with colored plastic so they wouldn’t be too bright and wash out everything and would also add a nice color effect. We placed cardboard on the side of the light facing towards the projection so it would block the light from shining on the fabric.
*In the effort for full disclosure, this was our first attempt at creating a photo booth with a video backdrop (at night none the less) and we needed to practice getting the set-up right. So here we are, just the two of us, on the 2nd of July in our backyard at 10:00 at night posing in front of our fake fireworks and having way too much fun with it. I’m 99.9% positive our neighbors think we are crazy.
But we are super excited to use our fireworks photo booth for real at our 4th of July party this weekend!