DIY Photography: Make A Low Profile, Low Cost Backdrop Wall Mount
This DIY tutorial is pretty trivial so if you have a seamless backdrop mount already feel free to skip forward, if not here is a way to build such a mount for as little as $5. (Actually, the mount by itself is about $2, the other three are for some extras).
- Start off with two angle strong ties, the ones you use to bind wooden beams together. This tutorial uses the ones that are about 7cm on each side of the angle. Mount one of the strong ties on the wall (about 7cm from the ceiling).
- Measure about 3.25 meters and using a level mount his buddy, the other strong tie. This tutorial uses 3.25 as the average seamless is 2.75 and we wanted some spare space for a beam.
- That’s about it for the actual mount. Now comes the part where you need to actually mount the seamless white on the wall. You will need some sort of pole to go through the seamless white roll and attach to the brackets. Here we used a 3 meters 1cmX4cm wooden beam for that.
- The beam can be used to mount fabric backdrops as well. You can use pony clamps on both sides to secure the beam to the brackets. You can also use an additional clamp to make sure the roll does not unroll. Since the plan is to have an almost fixed seamless white up there, and since paper backdrops and floor storage don’t really work that well together, the backdrop can be stored on that beam as well.
- Lastly, the wall mounted bracket can also be used as a stand for hair light (which is an SB on a NastyClamp with a CPU cooling grid).
Are you living and shooting in confined spaces? how are you mounting and storing your backdrops? Share in the comments.
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