This stand is purposely designed to be wide. This allows you to take those much needed angled pictures without losing your backdrop fabric. You may however, prefer to have a square backdrop stand. This would allow you to use a smaller area in your studio or client’s home. Just keep in mind that you will need to really watch your angles.
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Here is a picture of the backdrop stand in use at a client’s home.
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This tutorial will teach you how to build a background stand that stretches your backdrop fabrics. This stand will help to eliminate wrinkles in your background fabric, and cut down on post-processing time. It will also help you present your newborn photography business in a more professional manner.
Three – 50 inch pieces Four – 42inch pieces Six – 20inch pieces
Connect a tee joint and an elbow joint to either end of a 42inch piece of PVC. Repeat. Connect these to the backdrop stand.
Made of fiberglass rods and structural plastic connectors, it is very light and strong. The connections are made of hard ABS plastic and won’t come apart unless you want them to. You will especially appreciate this if you have ever made yourself one of those DIY PVC background stands that comes apart at inopportune moments. You will be able to assemble this stand yourself in just a couple of minutes or less with no tools necessary.
Place your beanbag in the center of the stand, and you are ready to stretch your backdrop fabric.
We think that you’re going to love this innovative way to set up your newborn photography! You will look more professional, setup will be easier, and you will spend much less time later in Photoshop correcting blanket creases and wrinkles.
Connect two 50″ pieces and two 42″ pieces with the four 3-way joints to make a rectangle.
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Four – 10 Foot lengths of 3/4 inch PVC pipe (SCH 40) Four – 3/4 inch elbow joints Four– 3/4 inch 3-way joints Two – 3/4 inch tee joints Step 1. Cut the PVC pipes to the correct lengths
The Baby Backdroplet II (patent pending) has been reengineered and improved, thanks to feedback from our clients. It’s the round backdrop stand for newborn and baby photography that is affordable, looks professional, is sturdy and light, and makes your life easier by eliminating the need to edit out blanket wrinkles later in Photoshop. It’s perfect for photographers who travel to their clients’ homes, or to use in your studio.
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Connect two 20″ pieces to the back of the stand. Now connect the remaining 50″ piece to the top with two elbow joints. It should look like this at this stage (below).
The Baby Backdroplet will probably work with whatever beanbag you are currently using for newborn photography. The beanbag shown here is 44″ wide and 14″ high. Please contact us if you have any questions about the size of your beanbag working with the Baby Backdroplet – but it is very close in size to any other backdrop stand meant for a full-size posing beanbag.
NOTE: This stand is only to be used with a newborn posing beanbag placed under the center of the stand. The posing beanbag is what supports the newborn, not the fabric. NEVER leave a newborn baby unattended on the beanbag or on any prop. As a newborn photographer the safety of the newborn baby must be your top concern at all times.
Have you ever wondered how professional newborn photographers get their backdrops so smooth and wrinkle free? Are they Photoshop masters? Do they have a team of highly paid assistants pulling the fabric? No. The answer is a DIY backdrop stand that costs less than $20 and that you can make in less than 15 minutes.
Pipe 1: 50 inches + 50 inches + 20 inches Pipe 2: 50 inches + 42 inches + 20 inches (discard 8 inches) Pipe 3: 42 inches + 42 inches + 20 inches (discard 16 inches) Pipe 4: 42 inches + 20 inches + 20 inches + 20 inches (discard 18 inches) Step 2.
Connect the bottom frame
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You can use a PVC cutter, a miter saw, or a handsaw. I used a handsaw and was able to complete the entire stand in 15 minutes.
Newborn Photography Backdrop Stand – Aluminum Tubes, Stainless Steel Connectors Posing Bean Bag for Newborn Photography 41in. diameter (unfilled)
When assembled, the size is 50″ in diameter and 28″ high in back. It weighs only 44 ounces (2.75 pounds). When it’s disassembled, its storage footprint is very small – it’s 72″ long and about 2″ wide.
Posing Bean Bag delivered WITHOUT FILLING. Easily filled with polystyrene beads you can find it onAmazon, Walmart, or Joann. We advise that it be filled with approximately 300 to 400 liters of polystyrene beads.
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When I first started in the world of newborn photography I used the tools that I had available. I would use a traditional background stand to hold the back of my fabric backdrops. I would then ask my clients if I could borrow a vacuum, dining room chair or some other house hold object to clamp the side of my fabrics to. This, of course, was very unprofessional and delivered substandard results. I would find myself spending 30 minutes just editing the backdrop in Photoshop. I knew there had to be a better way. So, with a little imagination and $20 I saved myself countless hours of Photoshop madness. Now, besides some simple blemish removal and softening, the images are basically perfect, straight out of camera.
Layer your own fabric or blankets, or other slipcovers (sold separately), over the base layer. If your fabric is not quite as wide as the background stand (50″), it will probably still work, because the sides are elevated. The base layer slipcover will help keep it all in place.
All of the supplies should be readily available at your local hardware store. You will need to look in the plumbing section. All PVC fittings are Schedule 40.
The Baby Backdroplet was developed by Matt and Pam, husband and wife and photographer and engineer. Pam has been doing newborn portraits for 8 years and knows how frustrating it is when you need a different angle, or you want to avoid waking the baby up but the background is not stretched correctly behind him or her. She has had to fix in Photoshop many blanket creases and areas where the living room shows instead of the backdrop. She knew there must be a better way to hold the blanket in the background so that she wouldn’t have to edit later. Matt loves to create amazing things in his workshop. Together they engineered their way through many prototypes and models before arriving at the stand you see here.
The best part about this background stand is its round shape – this allows you to have your background showing behind the baby no matter what camera angle you use. Reposition the baby towards the light, and your background will still be perfect! You can photograph the top of her head and the tips of her toes and you won’t have to edit the background later.
The baby is never supported by the backdrop stand. The stand only holds fabric out and around the baby, who is resting solidly and safely on your beanbag (not included). There is no chance of tipping. The stand stays on the floor around the outside of your beanbag.
Included is a slipcover that attaches to the stand and makes a seamless base layer for photography. A white slipcover is shown here. It attaches to the Backdroplet and stretches so it will be wrinkle-free. The single-color slipcovers have a textured side and a smooth side.
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The stand itself is not only professional looking, so that you look like a pro when you get to your clients’ homes, but it’s big enough to use for newborn twins and small enough to fit through the front door when assembled.
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