The modern concept of photo booth with (later) a curtain originated with Anatol Josepho, who had arrived in the U.S. from Russia in 1923 with the first photo booth appearing 1925 on Broadway in New York City. For 25 cents, the booth took, developed and printed 8 photos, a process taking roughly 10 minutes. In the first six months after the booth was erected, it was used by 280,000 people. The Photomaton Company was created to place booths nationwide. On March 27, 1927, Josepho was paid $1 million and guaranteed future royalties for his invention.
The photo booth of the 21st century is vastly different from its grand-daddy in the previous century. With technological improvements in image acquisition, editing, and printing, gone are the days when photo booths are mere objects of interest in parks and mall and even corporate events. The photo booths of today are now the subject of everyone’s attention, with more and more people giving testimonials to the equipment’s unrivaled performance in terms of immortalizing events.
Gone are the bulky photo booths of old where it could take hundreds of man-hours just to pack it, move it, and then set it up. In some cases, whole floors were converted into exclusive photo booths. Today’s photo booth systems are more lightweight and portable that allows it to be easily and conveniently loaded onto the back of a pickup truck or even a family SUV. It is also fashionable and chic enough to draw the younger crowd.
And with a tech-savvy generation that is always thirsty for something new, today’s photo booths can already include slow-motion features as well as the production of highly entertaining and really cool animated GIFs, perfect for use as avatars and profile images on the various social network platforms.
Slow-motion photo booths are fast becoming a trend in special events. With equipment that can capture videos at very high speeds and then processed and played at normal speeds allow for the creation of a slow-motion effect. Add several layers of after-effects and the result is one stunningly cool video clip that you can readily shared.
The computing prowess of today’s photo booth computers already allows for instant sharing to Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter among others without the need for superfluous external storage devices. Sending the same images via
email, MMS, or SMS has never been made easier. They now include features like video messaging in high definition, green screen technology, data collection and analytics to provide you with absolutely more stunning pictures that also comes with highly customizable borders and add-on arts.
Ninety years since it first captivated the public in Broadway, the photo booth had undergone dramatic changes but remains faithful to its core – to bring quality images to people without the need for another person to take the picture for them.