Backdrop system - PLEASE HELP

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Ed Shapiro
Ed Shapiro Regular Member • Posts: 329
Re: Backdrop system - PLEASE HELP

There are no motorized or mechanized background systems that at "portable"- they are heavy and mount on the ceiling or wall in a permanent studio setup.

For school location shoots, the best setup consists of two light stands and a crossbar with come clams to keep the background material in place.  Someof the kits that I see advertised seem to have rater flimsy stands, You can assemble your own rig with 2 sturdy Manfrotto stands. A crossbar can be made of PVC or ABS plumbing pipe, aluminum, or wooden dowels.

Since I paint my own background, I use black or white window shades and use the window shade core as the crossbar.  I use acrylic paints in 8' wide shades- the last for many years.  I paint on both sides each with a different pattern.

Here's an image of a typical rig.

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Ed Shapiro- Commercial and Portrait Photographer. Ottawa, Ontario Canada

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