How to set up a Screambooth

What you'll learn

1. How to set up a Screambooth

2. How to use a sound trigger to trigger your camera

3. How to get people involved

A Scream Booth gives you an opportunity to take some really unique photos. After all, how often do you get the chance to see what you look like screaming at the top of your voice?

What you'll need

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Lighting
  • Background
  • Smart Device with the Triggertrap Mobile App Installed
  • A way of holding your smartphone to your camera or tripod

A bit of theory

A Scream Booth is a pretty unique photo booth that makes use of a sound trigger to trigger a camera when a person stood in front of the camera screams.

There are a few fundamental rules that are key for any type of photo booth.

First, you need to be sure that the camera settings, focus and position the subject will stand are going to remain the same to ensure that each shot looks very similar. If the camera is on auto exposure and auto focus, the exposure and focus is going to vary tremendously, resulting in lots of unusable shots. If you use manual focus and manual exposure, you can be sure that each shot is going to be in focus and well exposed.

Depth of field is more crucial than ever with a Scream Booth. When people scream as loud as they can, they typically lean forward or lift their head up. To make sure that the subjects stay in sharp focus despite the way they scream, you need to use a small aperture. Using a small aperture such as f/11 or f/16 will give a huge depth of field, meaning that a larger portion of the photo should remain in focus. If you leave enough room between the background and your subjects, you should still be able to blur the background slightly.

A clean background is crucial for any photo booth, but particularly a Scream Booth. The image of someone screaming is fairly powerful by itself so a messy or cluttered background will only take away from the final result.

Lighting can also be a make or break decision  for this kind of photo booth, using a dramatic lighting set up such will make the resulting photos even more hard hitting!

The finished setup

Got it!


Capturing the photos


We set up a Scream Booth at most events we attend! Here's a handful of our favourite shots using this technique.

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