Background stands are invaluable for portrait photography studios.
They can turn a boring wall into a winter wonderland, a beautiful abstract painting, and more. If you want to take stunning photos with complementary backgrounds, backdrops are your secret weapon.
However, backdrops only work if they have the right stand. Background stands need to be sturdy, durable, the right size and reasonably priced.
If you are new to portrait photography, you may not know how to choose a background stand. You’re in luck, because we’ve compiled this thorough guide to choosing the perfect photo background stand for you. In addition, you’ll learn how to assemble your background stand so you don’t get confused.
You may think that you don’t need a background stand for your studio. While it’s true that you don’t need a background stand to take pictures straight away, having one will make you a more successful photographer. Without a stand, for example, you will have to use the walls of your studio as a backdrop.
This won’t provide much variety at all and will make your shots dull and repetitive.
If you try to use backdrops without stands (or appropriate accessories), they won’t stay in place and will likely wobble or fall over.
If you want to be a serious studio photographer with clients, you need to offer variety. With a backdrop stand, you can use a myriad of different backdrops. This way, clients can choose whether or not they want to be photographed with the following backgrounds:
A vast prairie
A valley at sunset
An ancient desert
A beautiful walled city
An Eiffel Tower
As you can see, backdrops can transform your studio into what your clients want it to look like at the time. The more backdrops you have, the more clients you can attract.
You can take photos of everyone from models looking for professional headshots to families looking for a fun photo shoot with their kids.
Trying to use a background without a stand is both cumbersome and time-consuming. You will spend most of your time trying to get the backdrop to hang straight without wrinkling.
Why not invest in a background stand so you can focus on taking photos in the first place?
In this sense, a background stand not only adds variety to your photos, it also makes you a better photographer because you have more time to focus on your shots.
What Are the Best Photography Backdrop Stands?
Now that you know that backdrop stands are worth your time, what are your options? It turns out that there are a variety of backdrop stands - each with different needs. Before you buy a stand, you need to know what type of backdrop you plan to use.
For example, will you be using a single backdrop or combining several backdrops into one room?
Will your backdrops be suspended from the floor or will they require clamps/bottom supports?
These are all vital questions to ask before looking for photography backdrop stands online. Here are three top background stands for all types of photography and backdrops.
* Emart 10 x 8ft Light Weight Banner Stand
This product is adjustable in size and versatile. It is also easy to install and takes only 5-10 minutes to complete.
If your backdrop needs to be supported on all four sides, this stand is ideal. Not only that, but its two iron feet ensure that the backdrop doesn't move during the shoot.
* 20x10ft Heavy Duty Backdrop Stand
If you have a complete set of backdrops for your room, you will want to use this stand. It can hold up to three backdrops to make a compelling room. You can even mix and match backdrops to create a unique space like no other.
The stand comes with an easy-to-carry carrying case and the stand folds down. This makes storing this rather large backdrop stand a breeze. The package also comes with a set of 8 clamps. This eliminates the need for you to purchase additional clamps to hang your backdrops.
If you want to immerse your clients in a whole new world, then this backdrop stand is for you.
* Heavy Duty 10 x 12 ft Photo Studio Backdrop Stand
Last but not least, the 10 x 12 ft backdrop stand is perfect for larger backdrops and can easily support larger and wider backdrops without wobbling. It is very sturdy and comes with a handy carrying case.
How to Assemble a Photography Backdrop Stand
Now that you know about some great background stand options, it's time to learn how to assemble them. After all, the last thing you want is to purchase a brand new stand and not know how to assemble it.
The good thing is that most stands are assembled as shown. They also often come with detailed instruction manuals to help with construction. In particular, the background stands mentioned in this guide are very easy to assemble.
Let's take the Heavy Duty 10 x 12 ft Backdrop Stand bracket as an example of a step-by-step guide on how to assemble it.
Two Great Additions to the Background Stand
Whether you're taking photos or videos, a softbox is a frequently used lighting accessory whose main function is to soften the light. The purpose of using a softbox is to create a larger area of light, make the light as soft as possible, and then make the transition of the shadows on the subject very soft, almost eliminating the effect of shadows.
* Ring light
In the world of portrait photography, there is a very popular type of equipment, it is the ring light.
Ring light can be placed in front of the subject to provide "uniform dead-angle" lighting, but can also be placed in other locations, as a photography light to use. Moreover, the effect is not bad, loved by photographers. The main purpose of the ring light is to minimize shadows and spread the light evenly over the subject. Because of its ability to distribute light so evenly, it's perfect for close-up shots, both for photography and video.
Having these two great helpers, along with choosing the right backdrop stand, helps you create a perfect studio for beautiful, high-class photos.
I believe that by now you have a certain understanding of how to choose a background stand, the next issue we will introduce you to more knowledge about photographic equipment, thank you for reading.
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