Sunday, September 18, 2011

How to build a cheap photography backdrop for a studio

I decided to build my own photography backdrop that could be used in a variety of places (well, as long as you have a ceiling)

What you'll need:

  • 3 x Strong painters poles
  • 2 x Toilet plungers (un-used please)
  • 2 x  5-10cm Bolts 
  • 2 x Nuts to match the bolts
  • 4 x Washers
  • 2 x Face Washers (White)

  1. Start by taking a trip to Bunnings to grab the items you need (should be about 100$ depending on the price of the painters poles) 

  2.  Next grab 2 of the Painters poles and measure and drill holes in the part of the poles that extends from the tube. Make sure your holes are equal on each pole. You can see below I've put 2 holes in each pole. This is so I can have a backdrop that goes from the ceiling if needed or just halfway. 

  3. Now grab your plungers and attach them to the ends of the 2 painters poles (almost done)

  4. Now find a suitable place too construct your backdrop. extend 2 of the painters poles to the ceiling of the room. this is where you'll want to use the face washers to prevent any dirts marks from the plunger getting on the ceiling

  5. Put your bolts through the holes in each of the poles and place the last painters pole across the 2 vertical poles. 

  6. If' you have done everything right you should end up with something that resembles this.

Lay it all out. 
Drill holes in the pole

Drill holes in the pole (Closer Look)
Get the plunger head ready
Attach plunger head to pole.

Setup vertical poles, put bolt through previously drilled holes and setup crossbeam

I secured the cross pole with cabled ties

All done.

View of how it attaches to a roof (and also a Ben10)

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