Photographers, both professional and amateur, use a variety of backdrops to make photos look more finished, add atmosphere and block out unwanted background scenery. Backdrops can be made from fabric or paper and must be suspended behind the subject of the photograph. Commercial stands for backdrops can be very expensive. However, it is possible to make a backdrop stand using PVC pipes and some spring clamps that will also collapse for storage and portability. In addition, it is lightweight and the parts can be labelled for easy reassembly.
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Things you need
- 3 PVC pipes, 2 inches diameter and 7 feet long
- 2 T-connectors
- 4 PVC pipes, 2 inches diameter, 2 feet long
- 2 elbow connectors
- 4 endcaps
- Backdrop, 8 feet x 8 feet
- 6 spring clamps
Insert a 2-foot PVC pipe into one end of the cross of a T-connector. Place another 2-foot pipe in the opposite opening, forming a 4-foot piece with the empty hole of the T-connector protruding at a right angle. Put an endcap on the free end of each 4-foot section. This will be one of the feet of the backdrop stand.
Repeat the process to create the other foot of the structure.
Place a foot on the floor and insert one of the 7-foot pipes into the empty hole of the T-connector. This will make one side of the stand. Repeat with the other foot section.
Insert an elbow connector at the top of each 7-foot side of the stand. Turn the elbow so that the open end is at a right angle to the foot section below. Move the sides of the stand so that the empty holes of the elbow connectors point toward one another.
Insert the end of the last 7-foot section of pipe into the open end of one of the elbow connectors. Insert the other end into the other elbow connector, thus connecting the side sections across the top. The backdrop stand should now stand on its own.
Attach the backdrop paper or fabric by draping it over the top of the stand. Clamp the backdrop across the top and down the sides with spring clamps.
Tips and warnings
- If you do not use PVC cement to adhere the pieces of the backdrop stand together, you can dismantle it easily for storage or transport.
- You can roll your paper or fabric around the crosspiece when not in use to keep it from wrinkling.
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