Monthly Archives: August 2012

Quick versatile DIY studio

Setting up a studio in a small space may sound like an easy task but believe me, a small space really comes with its own set of problems.

In my case I moved from a 400sqm studio into a 95sqm and issue that I never had to deal with like white walls and bounce have become a huge problem that while not insurmountable, can become very annoying.

You can of course modify the space with curtains etc but that’s assuming your landlord doesn’t mind you drilling holes everywhere which mine does.

The solution ironically came to me when I got my background stand. Normally I would just mount brackets onto the wall but that would have meant drilling holes which I can’t do so I opted for the two stands and cross bar solution.

Now don’t get me wrong, these are nice setups but at full extension they can get a little rickety and ironically it was solving the stability issue that gave rise to the final solution.

I realised that if one takes 2 stand kits and gets two additional cross poles you can essentially create a square framework which greatly stabilises the structure. Note the background kit design also helps us here.

The kit has an upright stand with a spigot sticking up and the cross pole slips over the spigot and you secure it with wing nuts.

All we have to do is instead of screwing on the wing nut, is just screw on another spigot which holds the first pole in place and acts as mount for the second pole.

The wingnut then goes onto the second spigot to hold the second pole in place.

So what we end up with is 4 stands with 4 cross poles between them creating a very stable structure. The back cross pole supports the background materials but we have 3 very useful remaining poles to use.

A problem you encounter in small spaces is controlling bounce or fill off walls and you have to either paint the walls black or use black polyboards to  control this but in this case we have two very functional and handy curtain rails to which we can attach white or black curtains depending on what we are shooting.

I would go for a curtain made up of various segments, all wider than required, so that you have space to stick lights through but essentially the confined space and studio colour is not longer an issue.

The only remaining issue is adding or removing bounce from the top and again we have a very handy front cross pole that we can fix fabric to and stretch it across to the back pole.

The great thing is with the added stability, this can be used almost anywhere assuming there is not too much wind.