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How to Setup a Seamless White Backdrop for Video – Behind the Scenes of the UNDFIND Commercial Shoots

By Pye Jirsa on February 28th 2012

In this video tutorial and behind the scenes, we are going to show you how we setup the seamless white backdrop for the product demos and interviews that we did for the new UNDFIND “Define Yourself” campaign. We have some pretty awesome shoulder and waist worn bags at UNDFIND, so be sure to check those out as well.

Below the videos is a complete list of the equipment we used for the shoot.

Oh and by the way, we shot this Behind the Scenes Video with an iPhone 4S + Steadicam Smoothee. Not a bad little combo if I do say so myself. Enjoy!

Behind the Scenes Video for the Seamless White Setup

Final “Meet Elmer” Commercial

Final Waist Shooter Product Demonstration Video

Here is a listing of the equipment used for the shoot.

Photography Gear
2x Canon 5D Mark IIs
Canon 50mm F/1.4
Canon 24-70mm F/2.8
2x Manfrotto Tripods
Sandisk CF Cards

Lighting & Background
2x Photoflex Starlite w/ Soft boxes – Only 1 needed for the main light
Lowel Tota Light – We used Dynalites and the extra Starlite to light the white backdrop since we had them on hand. However, these Lowel Tota Lights are a great option for background fill and are much more affordable.
1x Samy’s LED Panel – We purchased this LED Light at Samy’s but you can use virtually any camera mounted LED for the same effect.
Westcott Background Stand – Really any stand will work, the Westcott stand we picked up at Samy’s for $170.

Sennheiser Wireless Kit w/ Lav
Zoom H4N

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  1. Dana W.

    Love the Elmer commercial!  He seems like an awesome guy!
    Love THE ONE BAG!

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  2. Photomunky

    I really don’t see the point or need of the waist shooter bag.
    Surely you would just lens pouches or a camera messenger bag, which would definatley be more versatile.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Hey Photomunky,

      I’ve been testing / using the waist shooter bag this entire past wedding season, and I have to say I love it.  I use it belt-mounted to the Spider Holster and yes, I’ve also tried the various Lowepro etc. lens pouches.  They work great, if what you want is a specific pouch for each lens you carry.  But you end up looking like a commando after the third or fourth lens, and to be honest when I’m at a wedding I feel like I need to look a little less imposing / obtrusive.  Even stylish, if possible.  I like the Waist Shooter because it looks like any other bag, and matches my One Bag perfectly, but it is just there to take the weight off my shoulders when I’m shooting random smaller jobs that don’t require me to ruin my shoulders lugging around heavier bags.

      I also own small and medium messenger bags, from Tenba, Tamrac, and Lowepro.  They serve a purpose, but I have simply found that what they add in storage capacity or extra function, they make up for by weighing down my shoulders all the more.  So while I do use my regular messenger bags from time to time, most of the time I have now completely switched to a rolling bag + Waist Shooter / One Bag system that has REALLY improved how I feel on long wedding days or other jobs.

      Just giving an explanation for why *I* love the Waist Shooter.  If you don’t see the point in something, then stick with what you’ve got!  Personally though I’m loving it…  ;-)


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    • Photomunky

      Hey Matt,

      Never thought about weddings. I can imagine that it would it would be a lot easier and “stylish” so fair comment. Just from the video it didn’t seem to do itself justice but I’ll definatley take a look, but for now I’ll stick with my Lowepro.

      Take care all,

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    • Payam Jirsa

      Ha! Just wait till you try one in person Photomunky, two full size lenses + accessory pockets that can be worn from a belt, or via shoulder strap =)

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