View Full Version : Portable backdrop

11th May 2011, 11:36 AM
Does anyone know where I can get a small, white, collapsible backdrop for portrait work? I am looking for something no bigger than say 1m square max, it's just for head and shoulder passport type photos. Something like these 5 in 1 collapsible reflectors (http://www.warehouseexpress.com/buy-wexpro-110cm-5-in1-reflector/p1028149) - the white surface of these could do at a pinch but they don't have a crease free surface.

Any suggestions appreciated :)


11th May 2011, 02:46 PM
I have white linen one side/vinyl the other 1m from fabric shop, stuck to, and wound around a 1m length of broom handle and I keep it rolled up inside a length of kitchen waste drainpipe ! It can hang over the top of a door, with the portrait subject standing up or on a chair(latter for children!).

I have *two screws, one in each end and it can be hung from a curtain rail by some piping cord/string or over a chair back, or between two Tripods it looks real prof !!! Its "Ever ready/no creases". It takes up no more room than a golf brolly :)

I have "soft foam covered pegs" and can peg any fabric/backdrop to it ! from my little back of backdrop fabric metre lengths! :D
* you could have a strap on each of these to carry it over your shoulder!

11th May 2011, 03:20 PM
A couple of suggestions

1. Do you still have a collapsible cine / slide screen tucked away some where? if so it makes an excellent backdrop complete with its own stand

2. This is the one I actually use - a piece of white painted hardboard from the local hardware store. Easily suspended from a couple of curtain hooks and easily touched up with spray paint if it gets grubby. It's not collapsible but tucks away easily behind a chest of drawers etc.

Hope that helps


11th May 2011, 04:17 PM
Why not use the 5 in 1 reflector and fire an additional remote flash at it as you shoot. This will overexpose the white background, yet will leave your subject correctly exposed.

11th May 2011, 05:22 PM
All good ideas guys. I was looking for something that collapses down to a small size and doesn't require extensive setting up. I take portrait mug shots for our dive club membership cards and am spending too much time editing and removing shadows. There is little space at the poolside to take photos and so the subjects are very close to the wall.

I do like your idea John. Although an extra flash is more kit to set up it does overcome the shadows problem. Will give this a try tonight as I have a few new members.