The Photobooth Snaps: Do You Snap Back?


A photobooth is designed to do the same thing over and over again. It reliably snaps your photos, day in and day out. Same depth of focus, same format, same repetition. But some of us want to snap back, and you may wonder which approach, and which camera you should use to really capture your photobooth in action?

On my first attempt, I strolled in with all my guns blazing. I was armed with all kinds of formats, 35mm, 120mm, half frame, multi-frame, but in the end, there was nothing to write home about. The timing was wrong, the lighting was wrong, and it was as if the photobooth saw me coming.

On my second attempt, I thought I’d try a different approach. We came in as a group, and kept our weapons on the down low until the last moment. We tried serious faces, happy faces, and crazy faces. The photobooth wouldn’t see the cameras coming. We pulled out the cameras. It saw us coming a mile away.

On my third attempt, I knew what I was doing. I changed up the camera, and went back in alone. I distracted the automaton with a sudden stink eye in frame three, and then pulled out the Horizon Perfekt right after the third shot. The slow sweep of the swinging lens caught the distracted photobooth flash from beginning to end.

I think this captured the action perfectly. What do you think?

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written by dirklancer on 2011-08-31 #lifestyle #photobooth #lomography #supersampler #self-portrait #golden-half #horizon-perfekt #dirklancer #holga #lc-a #meta #vanity #analogue-lifestyle #photostrip #requested #ridiculosity

One Comment

  1. strangelilgirl
    strangelilgirl ·

    I love how much anticipation I felt throughout this whole article, and how great the reward is at the end! Your articles always impress me greatly.

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