Take the Plunge with This DIY Background Stand

DIYPhotography.net is a site after my own heart. Their latest offering is a Home-Depot-sourced lightweight background stand modeled after the Bogen Autopole system.

How do they safely and temporarily connect it to your ceiling? Well, let's just say that if things ever get really bad around your house, you'll be able to unstop two toilets at once.

From up to 12 feet away.

(Thanks for the Flickr tip, Greg!)

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Blogger mantis said...

A great idea. I've been using DIYPhotography.net's PVC background stand, but it's a paint to drag out and break down. I'd be willing to bring this setup to a clients house and do strictly location shots.

One question though, what is being used as the crossbar? It looks like there are clamps but the ones I see on Adorama look like they'd be too small to go around the paint poles. Any suggestions for the middle?


June 05, 2007 11:00 AM  
Anonymous Jason said...

Zipwall poles also work very well - and they have a springloaded thingy with a pad that doesn't mar the ceiling. I've used gaffers tape to atach the crossbar.

June 05, 2007 11:24 AM  
Blogger Patrick Smith said...

That site is awesome. I want to try the underwater housing using condoms. Of course with my old point and shoot.

June 05, 2007 12:24 PM  
Blogger mantis said...

I like the gaffers idea. What can't it do. I kept thinking about this though and visited 2dreammaker on ebay and found a background crossbar that attaches to a regular tripod stud.

Modded-green clamps + the cross bar would make this background holder very mobile.

June 05, 2007 12:40 PM  
Blogger Ben Johnson said...

I'm in the process of building something using those telescoping poles, but doesn't rely on a nice smooth ceiling.

What I'm planning are easily-disassembled PVC bases that will hold up those telescoping poles and sturdy enough to support a decent weight backdrop (and hey, you could even clamp a hairlight on or something). I'm (hopefully) going to get it built this week and I'll share pics/plans with the pool @ flickr.

June 05, 2007 2:42 PM  
Blogger Photonomikon said...

This is one of the craziest ideas I've ever seen! That's why it's so brilliant. I should get me some of those plungers!

June 05, 2007 11:12 PM  
Anonymous Charlie said...

Ive been reading strobist for several months now, as time allows, and its about time i offer my penny's worth of experience.
Great idea with the paint pole & that got me to thinking about some old light stands ive built and used for a long time now. i can see incorporating the extendable paint roller handle to the design ive been using.
(not trying to hijack the thread by any means)


June 05, 2007 11:16 PM  
Blogger But I'm a Bear! said...

I could have sworn i saw a specific discussion thread for the purpose of suggesting articles that should be featured on Strobist.com but I couldn't find it. anyway...


this video shoes a few milliseconds of this particular photographer i've been watching using a dinky little point and shoot to shoot some pretty good looking photos. i can't say this would be strobist related, but i'm just too damn impressed!

June 06, 2007 11:25 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

That post is great. Building your own backdrop stand is fun and cost effective. I built a PVC pipe stand last year and works well enough. If anyone is debating, look around and see what others have done.

On my website I posted a tutorial on my DIY backdrop stand experience.

December 08, 2008 9:01 PM  
Blogger John said...

Great idea using the ZipWall poles. I just bought their new barrier system called ZipPole, it was $169, half the price of the original ZipWall system and has been working great!

January 18, 2010 12:39 PM  

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