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The Enthusiast's Guide to DIY Photography by Mike Hagen

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40. BACKGROUNDS: PVC BACKDROP STAND

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A TRADITIONAL BACKDROP stand is constructed with two light stands and a single crossbar. This project is constructed with PVC pipe and reduces the cost from about $100 for the commercial stand to less than $25. I’ve designed the backdrop stand so you can disassemble it for easy transportation in a duffle bag.

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Parts List (Figures 40.1 and 40.2)

  • 3/4″ diameter PVC pipe, cut in 10′ sections (6 or 7 depending on size of stand)
  • 3/4″ PVC 90 degree elbow (2)
  • 3/4″ PVC Ts (8)
  • 3/4″ PVC coupling
  • 3/4″ PVC caps (4)
  • Hacksaw ...

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