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Tips & Tricks

DIY Studio Backdrops and Reflectors

By Anthony Thurston on March 15th 2013

It’s time for another DIY tip and today I wanted to share one that I personally use. The tip comes from Tiffany Angeles who you may recognize from her time helping Sue Bryce in several of Sue’s CreativeLive courses.

In the video, which I so kindly embedded below, Tiffany talks about how she uses polystyrene insulation as the base for studio backdrops which also double as huge reflectors. Basically you take a 4×8 sheet of the polystyrene insulation, paint one side your color of choice and leave the other side as your reflector (or paint it another color if you don’t need a reflector). Its cheap and lasts a whole lot longer than paper, heck if it gets scuffed or the paint starts to fade you can always paint it again to freshen it up.

Another tip for these backdrops is that you may experiment a little. For example one time I stapled fabric over one side rather than painting it, it turned out really nice. You could also try wall paper, or anything else that you can think of to attach to the insulation.

Anyways, that’s it for today’s DIY tip. I hope that it gave you some ideas as to things that you can do differently to save money but still get great looking photos.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Basit Zargar

    nice video

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  2. aaron febbo

    Seems legit ! If i had a truck i would probably go get one right now haha

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  4. Antonio Carrasco

    great tips! thanks

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