DIY: 15 Euro Portrait and Product background

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I think every photographer once had the idea to make a background out of window blinds. However a little tutorial is nowhere to be find.This morning I was planning a photoshoot for tomorrow and the idea came back to me again. Why not just give it a try? I hate moving paper backgrounds. It’s always a hustle to get all the gear in my car and set them up. And honestly for a headshot I don’t need a full 11 meter roll of paper. So today I got a little creative.

 

What Do you need?

  • 1x 120cm window blinder; A translucent of course.
  • 1x 32x50mm x 210cm pinewood plank
  • Two light stands/tripods
  • A drill
  • A Screwdriver (optional)
  • A measurement tool
  • A Saw (optional)

 

The build

First I bought the window blinds at a store called JISK. I read online that the IKEA ones are not that great to use as a background. I have the JISK blinds in my bedroom and they work great, I knew they where Cheep; They only cost me €11! I went to the hardware store and bought a plank which I thought would be suitable for my project. I ended up with a 32x50mm pinewood plank. (Pinewood is soft and easy to work with). The stores wood shop cut it for me to 130cm. this cost me €3,58. (If I had cut it myself it would have saved me €0,50, But I’m not that cheep!) So at home I measured out the plank, draw two line at 5cm on both sides. I used a small wood drill to drill first to make sure the wood wouldn’t crack. I put in the screws and mounted the two brackets. I Put in the window blinds, and they fitted perfect on my first try. After this I drilled two big holes on both sides to mount my Tripods on. Again, start small work you way up with the drill, so you won’t crack your wood! I use two heavy duty background stands with a cross beam, The holes can be made smaller then a ordinary light stand, But that’s just a matter of making the holes wider. I also aded two small hooks where I can put the blinder behind for transport. Of course you can also use elastics for this.

 

 

Results

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Pro tip

If you are born with two left hands, Or maybe you have children who just started in photography, Ask dad! I’m sure if you give the man a beer he will build this in 15 minutes!

Of course you can decide to paint it black for a more professional look. A nice extra is that you can change the background color really easy. If you take a Cheep brand, and you are sure it won’t go out of production anytime soon you can keep changing them, It will only cost you 11 euros! I chose a beige/white color, But I will also buy a nice dark gray for other projects. I’m sure this work cos I used my bedroom window blinds for portraits before.

 

Thanks for reading. Do you guys like DIY’s? Let me know If i should do more!

 

 

 

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