How To Create A Slow Motion Video Booth

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I had a blast setting up the slow motion booth for my brother David’s wedding. It was such fun way for guests, young and old, to cut loose and act like kids.

Here are 4 tips for how to create a slow motion booth.

1. Increase Your Frame Rate

Set your camera on a tripod to keep it still and steady. If you have a DSLR, increase your frame rate as much as possible. I shot at 60 frames per second. So when I brought the footage into Premiere, I could tell it to play at 24 frames per second, slowing it down without it being choppy.

Here is a great tutorial on the technical aspects of setting up a slow motion booth from Super Frog Loves Tokyo:

How to do a Slow Motion Booth on a Budget from Super Frog Saves Tokyo on Vimeo.
 

2. Silly Costumes

Peter Pan hats, cowboy hats, beanie hats, nerd glasses, feather boas, angel wings, Mickey Mouse ears. Anything that is going to get people excited to dress up and get goofy.

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3.Have A Cheerleader (and a camera operator)

At David & Natalie’s wedding, I wanted to be a guest, so we hired one of my brother’s college friends, Ardiana, to operate the camera. I had it all set up for her, so all she had to do was press record and stop as people came through the booth. Ardiana is adorable and personable, which went a long way to the photo booth’s success, she was encouraging people to participate, pick up props, and be silly. She even had a list of ideas if people didn’t know what to do (do the wave, pretend you’re watching a tennis match, play patty-cake, do the flight-attendant dance move). Remember everything is funnier in slow motion, and sometimes you just need someone to encourage you to be silly.

Image credit: Avery House Photography

4. Think About Movement

Consider movement when choosing props for your guests to play with. Paper confetti, bubbles, pom-poms. They all look amazing in slow-motion. Confetti is a total mess, but completely worth it.

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Happy slow motion-ing!

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