Are You Just Dying to Get Into a New Studio?

UPDATE: The original I.P.S. site has since been taken down because they were "overwhelmed by orders and had to take the site down." (Natch.) Oh, and there were also a "few issues with the site that needed repair," too.

To their credit, they at least ran the new version through a spell check.


I swear, I could not make this stuff up. The "Important" page on the new Inflatable Photo Studio (yes, I said Inflatable Photo Studio) includes the following among its several warnings:
"It is not recommended that you smoke, cook or have any open flames in the studio. Also lights can become very hot and melt the studio. Do not rest lighting or position it against the sides. Curling irons, hair driers (sic) irons, and steamers can also melt the plastic causing rapid deflation or possible fire."

But wait, there's more!

For instance, in the event of a "rapid deflation," not to worry! You have at least four minutes to get out alive -- if you remember to crawl and "keep your arms up at an angle in front of you." (Um, okay!)

(Hat tip: Andy)



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Blogger Isabella said...

That's golden. Especially the whole death part. Momma always said not to put plastic bags over my head, I'm not sure if this falls under that or not... :D

October 17, 2010 8:29 PM  
Blogger Barry D Kirsch said...

I guess filling it with helium is probably out of the question?

October 17, 2010 8:34 PM  
OpenID realitytourist said...

You missed the best part:

In the event of a thunderstorm, flash flood or hurricane, do not use the IPS as a shelter or flotation device.

Who's going to be the first to take one of these whitewater rafting?


October 17, 2010 8:39 PM  
Blogger Doug Sundseth said...

It's a giant garbage bag with a blower. If it were posted on 1 April or if it were an Onion URL I would have no doubt that it's a joke. I wonder how well it would work with the strobe-umbrella hat?

Also, the inventor might want to investigate the difference between mm and mils. If it were made with 1/4 to 4/10 inch thick plastic, it would be unwieldy ... umm, more unwieldy.

October 17, 2010 8:52 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

I bet it's pretty loud in there when the fan is running to keep it inflated!

October 17, 2010 8:53 PM  
Blogger Doug Sundseth said...

Sorry for the second post, but I just noticed this line:


Heck, maybe it really is 10mm thick.

October 17, 2010 8:57 PM  
Blogger Jan Luursema said...

Looks like a giant softbox, like those product shot setups you can buy, except you can stand inside this one!
Too bad they made it black on the inside, maybe they should make two versions.

October 17, 2010 9:17 PM  
Blogger Drackar said...

Because you know, a normal tent just won't do. You need one that can only be inflated by a gigantic freaking fan.

October 17, 2010 9:31 PM  
Blogger Michael Huxley said...

"Be Wise, Don't Die."

Oh man! Can I get 2 of these?!

October 17, 2010 9:32 PM  
Blogger Bill Walker said...

Wow. Not only a strange concept but a web page that never fully was accessible on my monitor and then crashed Firefox, which nothing has ever done before. Makes me leery of getting inside their giant plastic container!

October 17, 2010 9:45 PM  
Blogger Ryan McGehee said...

I would say that is a full blown studio hehehe.

October 17, 2010 9:45 PM  
Blogger Brian Smokler said...

I'm wondering what its payload is when it floats away after the the air inside becomes heated by the sun. Could you imagine describing this on a permit?!

October 17, 2010 9:53 PM  
Blogger Andy Jones said...

Word on the street is David Tejada is making his own very nifty $40 DIY Inflatable Photo Studio from garbage bags. Can't wait.

October 17, 2010 10:18 PM  
Blogger dcasius said...

I cant wait to see all the DIY inflatable versions, made from Hefty bags, gaffers tape and three window fans.

October 17, 2010 10:26 PM  
Blogger Edward said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA I actually want one, wonder if I could bill it to a client? Heck I bet the school district I work for wouldn't even notice... *sigh* If only

October 17, 2010 10:26 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Think I'll order one using my new inflatable netbook and old deflatable bank account.

October 17, 2010 11:44 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

the pic of captain Kirk clutching his throat makes me believe its fake. but who knows. the site doesn't work on Chrome either.

October 17, 2010 11:48 PM  
Blogger Gene Lee said...

This is a company with a sense of humor. "If you suffer from a rare disease that makes you run in slow motion this may not be the product for you." I about fell over laughing, absolutely love it!

October 18, 2010 1:02 AM  
OpenID kurtwerks said...

That's what I want to do, stand inside of a BLACK PLASTIC BAG when it is 85F and humidity is, say, 70%.

October 18, 2010 1:27 AM  
Blogger Two Jack Studio said...

Dunno about the product itself, but I found the website a lot of fun... especially the scrollbar under ORDER NOW on the right side of the Store page.

I've been dragging it up and down for an hour now and just can't get enough of it. Such fun!

I also cannot see the point of it. :-/

October 18, 2010 2:17 AM  
Blogger vampirnata said...

"If you hold a chinese star throwing competition inside the studio"

LOL. I bet the Chinese celebrities you are throwing would object too :p


Works on Chrome for me just fine.

October 18, 2010 3:09 AM  
Blogger jason anderson said...

if you hold a chinese star throwing contest they will not help you fix it ,they will however be happy to sell you another one . www. thinks this is funny as heck

October 18, 2010 3:45 AM  
Blogger Graham C said...

I have suffered no ill effects when using Chrome, Firefox or Safari. Maybe they updated the site after getting some major hits, thanks too the strobist and Twitter links.

Hehe, exactly what I was thinking Kurt, being of the warmer blooded variety myself at least there is a huge fan blowing in there!

October 18, 2010 4:50 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

Funny, the guy's last name is Hedenberg... close enough to remind me of something disasterous.

October 18, 2010 7:50 AM  
Blogger j. watrous said...

When you try to click on the store tab, it appears to work for a moment before the flash plug-in "crashes". I've tried this with a couple of browsers so far (IE and FF) with the same results.

Based on the inability to actually order (which is a commonality with joke sites), and the photos of Captain Kirk suffocating, I'm almost certain it's a joke. A wonderful joke.

October 18, 2010 10:28 AM  
Blogger dls said...

Hey Dave, how would you like to be inside this thing at Dubai in the summer. Talk about "Shake and Bake"!

I just had a thought. What is we painted the rear silver, or white. Then we could have the wolrds biggest umbrella reflector.

October 18, 2010 10:32 AM  
Blogger Surly said...

I think I just got Rick, Giant Inflatable Studio Roll'd.


October 18, 2010 10:41 AM  
Blogger Rob Acocella said...

I love how they tell you to not use it as a flotation device or shelter in case of flash floods or hurricanes. The sad part is that there might actually be a portion of society that needed to be told that.

October 18, 2010 11:12 AM  
Blogger David said...

I think the site is real, just not very well executed. Clicking thru to the photog's site, it also points back to IPS.

But between the Kirk thing, the misspellings, the multiple death warnings, the fact that the site is nonfunctional in just about any browser and, mostly, the product itself, I think it is just an incredibly poorly thought-out project.

But he sure is getting some traffic today.


October 18, 2010 11:39 AM  
Blogger IPBrian said...

What the....seriously!

October 18, 2010 12:07 PM  
Blogger colin j. said...

How about they throw in a sharp knife that can be used in case of rapid deflation. Then you could cut your way out.

October 18, 2010 1:03 PM  
Blogger John Farrell Jr. said...

I assume that the fan and lights all run off of power from somewhere. You would also need a generator and a pretty hefty one to keep that fan and all your lights on.
Any ideas on what clients would say when you invite them to your studio and it is this big bag. Cute.

October 18, 2010 1:33 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

WHAT??? No testimonials? That really surprises me.

October 18, 2010 1:33 PM  
OpenID modifiedphoto said...

How much extra to add in a giant inflatable Cyclorama?

It's an interesting idea, but uh yea i'll pass on the giant death trap.

October 18, 2010 1:39 PM  
Blogger Rockhopper said...

looks like an inflatable doll for whales?

October 18, 2010 1:51 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Personally, I love the Privacy Policy!!

"here at ips, we loves us some inflatin' and it be showin' like a mutha fucka"

October 18, 2010 2:23 PM  
Blogger Shawn Sharp Photography said...

His site worked fine for me, although on my netbook I couldn't see the whole thing... :/ Funny as it is, I think its a great idea for a niche market!

October 18, 2010 2:24 PM  
Blogger ryusen said...

What amazed me about it is that someone would go though all the effort of making that web page, then do such a bad photochop.

October 18, 2010 2:30 PM  
Blogger pierre said...

who would like to shoot or get shot in a giant fan powered mammoth dropping anyway ?

October 18, 2010 2:33 PM  
OpenID damnuglyphotography said...

Dont'cha get the feeling we're all gettin' punked?!!

October 18, 2010 4:44 PM  
Blogger Alex Smith said...

Could function as a home too:

Has your home ever been affected by a flood? Well, not anymore. Introducing THE INFLATABLE HOME. The Inflatable Home comes in two sizes, only requires space to put it and electricity! Perfect for a home on a lake or in New Orleans. Call now to order yours today! BUT WAIT! Call in the next 15 minutes and get a second Inflatable Home FREE! That's right - two Inflatable Homes for the price of one. Have your credit card ready and call 1-800-Im-A-Moron. Must be 18 years or older to call.

October 18, 2010 4:58 PM  
Blogger Nikica said...

BS.In a nutshell.

October 18, 2010 5:45 PM  
Blogger prosperoskids said...

These folks will have a serious problem when Paramount finds copy-righted material on their website.

If you click on the Important tab you’ll see a frame grab from the original Star Trek series.

October 18, 2010 6:27 PM  
Blogger OaklandMisfit said...

@John Farrell Jr.:
"Any ideas on what clients would say when you invite them to your studio and it is this big bag."

HA HA HAAA!! I was thinking the same thing: how do you convince your model of getting inside that thing?

And then, I wonder what kind of insurance the photographer needs when working with a tool that can choke you, implode the human body, float away or crush your ear drums. That must be extra.

October 18, 2010 6:28 PM  
Blogger David.Capino said...

it wouldn't be bad if the whole thing was a NON-LETHAL TENT type thing (like a gigantic softbox) but this is too funny, great find david.

October 18, 2010 6:35 PM  
Blogger Spring Street Photography said...

Looks like a Macy's Parade Balloon lost a kidney.

October 18, 2010 7:22 PM  
Blogger Garrett said...

Group Buy anyone? come on, im gonna order two!

October 18, 2010 11:58 PM  
Blogger Steinhard said...

Wondering this stuff can fly just like Zeppelin and has transparent surface.

October 19, 2010 12:53 AM  
Blogger Ken said...

He should have hired my 12 year old for copy editing. I would never buy anything from this guy.

October 19, 2010 4:13 AM  
Blogger Dom Bower said...

sounds fantastic! ill order myself two! dont think it will fit in my livingroom though.
maybe i could put it up in a park, put in a bed, an electric heater.... and live there?

October 19, 2010 7:20 AM  
Blogger The Phantom Hack said...

err...wouldn't it be just easier, and probably yield more interesting photos if you just shot outside?

....Just saying.

October 19, 2010 10:54 AM  
Blogger Fenix Fotography said...

A giant black box? Wouldnt it be easier just to shoot outside AT NIGHT? It's not like it has heat anyway

Fenix Fotography |

October 19, 2010 5:27 PM  
Blogger TiMpWeB said...

The website link is flying all over Facebook as well amongst photographers and other industry types... hopefully as a joke!

ya know, it does look kinda like a body bag...... hmmmmm.

October 20, 2010 11:19 AM  
Blogger James said...

the site has now been taken down because:

"We recently became overwhelmed by orders and had to take the site down. There were also a few issues with the site that needed repair and redesign."

I hope this thing isn't actually real.

October 21, 2010 11:12 AM  
Blogger ang said...

I still can't tell if this is real.. I want to believe it is! :(

October 23, 2010 3:15 PM  
Blogger Apolinar Fonseca said...

Did anyone notice that Brian, the inventor of the inflatable studio, last name is Hedenberg.

And the it does remind me of the infamous Hindenberg derigible. Hope it doesn't bursts into flames.

October 28, 2010 6:55 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Apparently the new site has been taking orders for the past few weeks but it just hit the news again today saying the site was being relaunched. my "Hooligan" came in over the weekend and i gotta say, its pretty freakin' awesome. The thing is huge! I've got shoots booked for this weekend. Can't wait.


January 25, 2011 5:21 PM  
Blogger J said...

A black exterior in the sun will quickly warm to 120 degrees F. Accessory: big freaking umbrella and no wind ...

March 01, 2011 12:51 PM  
Blogger Anthony said...

The original cost on these things were suppose to be like $400. Now they are over $1000. I say go to Home Depot. Pick up a 150' roll of Tyvek (it's breathable, Water and fire resistant and durable for $150 with a $50 fan and some Tyvek tape and make your own for about $250. It would be great for lighting, like a cloudy day feel inside while it could be cloudless out.

August 12, 2011 6:17 PM  

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