This is another simple, easy DIY for a background support system. It mimics other systems that use lightstands and a cross bar.
There are a few things required for the support that many people already have and if you do have these items then you only need to spend about $14 and you're in business.
Items required for this project:
- 2 heavy duty light stands with a fairly large foot print
- 2 umbrella brackets
- 1/2" copper pipe (use whatever length you want (it's sold in 10' lengths)
There's no construction involved to make this DIY and if you have the light stands and the brackets then your only expense is the 1/2" copper pipe, which costs about $14 for 10 feet. Unfortunately I couldn't find anything that would work and was less expensive. The copper pipe is an exact fit.
Nothing really to explain on this one. The pictures show the umbrella bracket with the copper pipe attached and I took a few quick shots to show a large curtain-like backbrop going across the whole length of the cross bar and a roll of 53" white seamless. Obviously if you want something compact and portable then an 8-10 ft. piece of coppoer pipe is not all that convenient to carry around but a 60" piece is reasonable and you can use backgrounds and 53" seamless for head shots and portraits. If portability is not an issue then using an 8 or 9 ft. cross bar works great and only bows a litte when using large or heavy backgrounds. A 10' x 12' muslin background won't affect the bar at all.