A well-hung backdrop is an essential element for any photography or videography setup. Whether you’re using it as a simple background or a prop to enhance your creative vision, a poorly hung backdrop can detract from the overall quality of your work. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps for hanging a backdrop on the wall to ensure a smooth and professional-looking finish.
3 Ways to Hang a Backdrop DIY Tutorial
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.
Watch the 10-minute video below to see how these three methods are done so you can make your own backdrop holders with ease.
Hanging Solution 1
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.
How to hang backdrop on wall
Before you begin hanging your backdrop, it’s important to choose a suitable wall space that is free of obstructions and has enough room to accommodate the size of your backdrop. Measure the height and width of the space to determine the correct size of the backdrop you will need. Gather the necessary equipment, including brackets or clamps, a level, and a measuring tape.
Setting up the Backdrop
Start by attaching the brackets to the wall at even intervals, depending on the size of your backdrop. Make sure they are securely fastened and level with each other. Next, drape the top edge of the backdrop over the brackets, making sure it is evenly distributed. Stretch the fabric taut and smooth out any wrinkles or folds. Adjust the position and alignment of the backdrop using a level to ensure it’s straight and even.
Hanging a Backdrop with Clamps
If you’re unable to use brackets or simply prefer to use clamps, the process is similar. Attach the clamps to the top edge of the backdrop, spacing them out evenly. Then, secure the clamps to the wall or stand. Be sure to check the position and alignment of the backdrop to avoid any wrinkles or creases.
If you find that your backdrop has wrinkles or creases, you can use a steamer or iron to remove them. Be careful not to get the fabric too wet or to apply too much heat to avoid damage. For heavier or delicate backdrops, you may want to consider using a sandbag or weight to keep the bottom edge taut and prevent any movement. Be cautious not to damage the wall or equipment when hanging heavy or delicate backdrops.
In conclusion, hanging a backdrop on the wall is a simple yet essential task for any photographer or videographer. By taking the time to prepare and execute the setup carefully, you can ensure a professional and polished finish to your work. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different types of backdrops and hanging methods to find what works best for you and your creative vision.