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DIY Photography Backdrop

I can’t remember the exact time that the idea of a photo booth caught Leslie’s attention – but she loves photo booths now! It might have been at our friend Robyn’s wedding – I think that was the first wedding photobooth we experienced. We have been to several events with different kinds of photo booths – from the small box kind where you get the instant picture to take home to the kind with a backdrop and the camera on a tripod, which we had at our wedding. We love the idea of having a set place to take pictures and let people be as silly as they want. It is also a great way to document all the people that came to your event – just like taking the high school photo but a million times more fun! You never know what combination of people are going to wind up together in the photobooth – at our wedding, for example, we came away with a collection of photos where people who never knew each other before the reception were posing with one another using all kinds of props and acting ridiculous. The problem we had with setting up a photo booth for the events that we shoot was….setting it up! We have the lamps and flashes and tripods, props and curtain for the backdrop but we always had a problem figuring our how to set up a support system for everything. No recuerdo el momento exacto en que la idea de una photo booth (no se que nombre tiene en espanol…cabina de fotos??) llamo la atencion de Leslie – pero ahora le encantan! Pudo haber sido en la boda de nuestra amiga Robyn – creo que esa fue la primera boda que fuimos que tenia un photo booth. Hemos ido a varios eventos con diferentes tipo de photo both – desde el tipo que te metes en una caja y sacas una foto instantanea al tipo que tiene un mantel de fondo y la camara en un tripode, que es el tipo que nosotros tuvimos en nuestra boda. Nos encanta la idea de tener un lugar destinado a sacar fotos y dejar que la gente se comporte como locos si quieren. Tambien es genial poder documentar toda la gente que vino al evento – como sacar fotos de la escuela pero un millon de veces mas entretenido! Nunca sabes que combinacion de gente a a aparecer junta en una foto – en nuestra boda por ejemplo, quedamos con una coleccion de fotos donde gente que no se conocia antes de la fiesta posaban juntos en posiciones ridiculas y actuando como locos. El problema que teniamos cuando necesitabamos instalar la photo booth era…instalar la photo booth! Teniamos las lamparas y los flashes, el tripode, accesorios para fotos y manteles para el fondo pero simepre teniamos problemas instalando todo y en los distintos lugares sin tener un sistema para colgar manteles como fondo.
To solve this problem we had two options: Option 1 – buy one! Option 2 – make one!Guess what we chose? MAKE ONE! Obviously. This option saved us a crazy amount of money, gave me a project to do and a sweet post for the blog (win-win-win). So here is my latest project: a photo booth backdrop! Para resolver el problema teniamos dos opciones: Opcion 1 – comprar un sistema! Opcion 2 – construir uno! Adivinen que escogimos? HACER UNO! Obvio. Esta opcion nos ahorro un monton de plata, me dio un proyecto, y una opotunidad de postear (todos ganan!). Asi que aqui esta mi ultimo projecto: un marco para colgar el fondo de la photo booth.
It was not complicated at all. For the materials I used: PVC pipes, PVC connectors, PVC cement, curtain rings and hinge pins. I had to make some cuts, so I used a miter saw, but you can use any kind of saw (PVC cuts easily). I used a drill to make some holes in the legs of the photobooth stand so we can adjust the height. The structure looks like a soccer goal – which made me think that if I ever need one of those, I already know I wont be buying an expensive one! No fue nada dificil. Para los materiales use: tuberias de PVC, conectores de PVC, cemento para PVC, argollas para cortinas, y pernos de visagra. Tuve que hacer algunos cortes, use mi sierra electrica, pero se puede usar cualquier tipo de sierra (el PVC se corta facil). Use un taladro para hacer hoyos en las piernas del marco para poder ajustar la altura. La estructura parece un arco de futbol – lo que me hizo pensar que si alguna vez necesito uno, ya se que no necesito comprar uno caro!
I could write the step by step, but I think for this project pictures are better than words. Plus the writing would get boring since is just a bunch of pipes and connectors, nothing really exciting. One piece of advice, before you glue anything, make sure you are not going to wish you didn’t glue it…. so think about it first. You want to be able to take it apart so that it’s portable. Here are a bunch of pictures of the different pieces and the final product! Note: we aren’t actually going to use a 2-tone backdrop. This was just what we had in the house when we were testing it out. It turned out pretty great!! Podria escribir el paso a paso, pero creo que para este proyecto las fotos son mejores que las palabras. Aparte que la escritura se pondria aburrida ya que es un monton de tuberias y conectores, nada muy emocionante. Un consejo, antes de pegar cosas con el cemento de PVC, asegurate que no vas a necesitar separar las piezas y desear que no lo hubieses pegado…asi que piensa bien primero. La idea es que sea portable y se peuda desarmar. Asi que aqui van un monton de fotos con las diferentes piezas!

3 thoughts on “DIY Photography Backdrop Leave a comment

  1. Awesome and cheap I bet. I would love to know the measurements of the Pvc Pipes. Please share if you have them, thanks! Keep up the great work.

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