We are lucky to be one of the first to do the Slow Motion Video Booth in San Diego and across the country. It really is a fun source of entertainment and a great way to capture the essence of each event we do it at.
The things we have learned and I want to spread on to anyone interested in doing a slow motion booth.
First and foremost you have to be an engaging and outgoing person to effectively do a booth. All night you are explaining this entirely new concept to people. As with most video or photography productions the biggest challenge is getting people to open up and have fun in front of the camera. We always are trying to capture a little bit of each persons personality. That being said you have to be able to communicate with all brands of life and make it fun.
It takes a lot of creativity to come up with fun ideas for people to perform in front of the camera. I think of choreography when I have a group. Having one person do a hula dance and another some grease style dance meanwhile someone jumps into the shot last minute. Long hair is an instant excitement because it looks amazing in slow motion!
Coming up with new prop ideas that look cool in slow motion is also another challenge; Confetti, poppers and sparkly stuff that moves easily. You also have to be weary of making a big mess.
Take aways has been another challenge. We offer on site printing of screen capture images from the video. This is all shot in HD so a small photo looks great printed out. We offer USB drives for those who want their individual clips and same day edits; We also offer custom props.
The equipment needs to shoot fairly high frame rates and the lights need to be flicker free. We shoot at 240fps which will catch the alternating current switching on and off in a household light. We use two kino flo lights and a high end LED panel.