In this video, our colleague Patrick Hall from Fstoppers demonstrates how he used a varipole background stand system with some interesting accessories to come up with a complete system that won’t get in your way.
There are all sort of different ways to hold your photography backgrounds – there are fixed permanent motorized roller systems (like this one for example), and there are DIY systems that you can make yourself (we made one recently and we are going to share our very simple design soon).
Hall was looking for a solution that will be robust but also not permanent and for this, the Impact Deluxe Varipole Support System is quite handy (and very well rated by reviewers as well as not that expensive).
The next piece of gear that you will need is the Impact Wall Mounting Kit which you connect to one or preferably two super clamps on each side.
So far this is pretty basic, however, an interesting product that Hall comes up with is the Fotoconic 10 Ft/3M Metal Tube Crossbar. This thing is not going to break and it was designed to fit the inside of the cardboard backgrounds so they won’t collapse in the center over time (but good luck finding these – they are all sold out – for now at least).
Hall has another interesting tip on how to make sure that the system will also go up by adding some friction using Easy Liner Non-Adhesive Shelf Liner between the cardboard tube and the aluminum.
Finally, there are the backgrounds themselves – there are so many around to choose from – if you want to go with Hall’s choice then you can take a look at some of the offerings by Savage.