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3 Simple DIY Solutions To Hang a Backdrop

By Hanssie on November 7th 2015

, If you are setting up a studio whether on location or in your shoot space, figuring out how to hang a backdrop can be a pain.

In the following video from The Slanted Lens, Jay P. Morgan shows us three ways to hang a backdrop. Two of them are simple and the third one more complex. The first solution when looking for a way to hang a backdrop for your studio portraits is to use a 1/2 inch plumbing pipe, an elbow and a plate. This solution is a bit more permanent as you’ll be drilling and securing the apparatus to your ceiling or wall. Then slip on a 1-inch pipe and use clamps to hold you backdrop in place.



The second method is more transportable. Jay P. shows us that using a 1-inch pipe and putting it through the backdrop sleeve, then attach it to a C-Stand on both sides. If you don’t have C-Stands, or you don’t want to buy C-Stands, you can use regular stands, but you’ll have to drill some holes.

The third and final method is a little more difficult but allows you to get different angles while still being able to use the backdrop and not run out of space. In this method, you would bend the 1-inch and 1-and-a-quarter inch pipes to make a curved backdrop. Then you can attach it using clamps on hooked C-Stand arms.

Watch the 10-minute video below to see how these three methods are done so you can make your own backdrop holders with ease.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Jimmy Joe Shnabadu

    Cool ideas…thanks!

    I have one of those Westcott 9×20 white seamless backdrops. It’s stretchy fleece-like material (never have to iron it), and it has both a sleeve across the top and grommets. The conduit works well in the sleeve, but you can also use heavy-duty 3M Command Hooks with the grommets. They’re uber-portable. Two caveats:

    1) You need to wait an hour before hanging weight on them.
    2) You need a smooth wall to affix them.

    If you have the time and a smooth wall, it’s a marvelous solution. You can even do them part way down the sides and use a clamp (or install your own side grommets) to stretch it out. Plus, they’re so small and light, you can keep a set of hooks with you, just in case…

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  2. Ralph Hightower

    Great tips. Now, if I had a machine shop also with handy power tools and tables.

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  3. Andy & Amii Kauth

    1/2 pipe sure beats our occasional method of a sheet and tacks (or duct tape) … bet there are way less wrinkles … :)

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