This fancy photo booth promises high end headshots for professionals on the go

Sep 12, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Sep 12, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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This has to be one of the silliest things I’ve seen for a while. Not the product itself, but how it’s being marketed. Iris claims to offer professional automated headshots in a booth for $20. Your $20 gets you a “photo session” including half a dozen shots, “helpful posing tips”, and one free high res digital file (the other 5 cost an extra $5 each).

When you watch the promo video, don’t worry, your speakers aren’t broken, there’s just no audio to go with it.

https://vimeo.com/222504260

From the outside, it looks like a modern take on your standard photo booth. You just get a semi-opaque glass door instead of the standard curtain.

Once inside, a fancy touchscreen interface guides you through the process. It even offers some “pro” posing tips. That’d be the pro posing tips that cut off your fingers at the edge of the frame, I guess.

Once the shots are taken, you pick your favourite and have access to some “Portrait Pro” style semi-automatic retouching options. Blemish removal, teeth whitening, vignette, focus effects, and so on.

And the photos are then delivered to your phone where you can share them, or choose which of the other images you wish to purchase. To be fair, the photos do actually look a little better than your average passport photo booth, but only a little. The only real difference is that you’re allowed to smile, exposing those radioactive glow-in-the-dark teeth.

According to their website, there are 9 Iris locations at the moment. 6 in Canada and 3 in the USA. Let’s hope this doesn’t spread any further, for the sake of their potential future customers.

If you want real professional headshots that actually look good, you’re always better going to to see a real human who knows what they’re doing.

[via Retouchist]

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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2 responses to “This fancy photo booth promises high end headshots for professionals on the go”

  1. Kay Avatar
    Kay

    You’re from the UK, no? Those PhotoMe booths seem to be madly successful… I think this is a perfect alternative for people who who can’t afford studio fees or are uncomfortable in front of a photographer

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      They actually *are* passport photo booths, though. People always need passports, drivers licenses, etc. They’re not for portraits or headshots. :)