Build a Professional Photo Studio in your Garage!

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Time to install a ceiling mounted seamless paper backdrop in my garage/shop! The idea is that I can stretch my limited garage space by adding this fully retractable 9′ long (107″) backdrop, which tucks totally out of the way when not being used.

The kit can be purchased new online (from many brands) for about $65 for the brackets, mandrels and chain. Seamless paper costs about $70 per roll for 108″ x 12 yards, regardless of color. Because the bracket can accept three rolls, you could stock black, gray and a greenscreen seamless paper. Changing between colors takes less than a minute! So including turning on the lights, you can walk in, and be shooting in less than 5 minutes. When you’re done, you can get all your floor space back to park your car, do some welding, build that giant flying robot….

This video is a walkthrough of the install, along with tips, tricks, and commentary. It’s a slight departure from my normal video content (CNC machining, designing, building, melting and casting things, and heavy equipment). But since photography is a hobby of mine, why not?

Compared to muslin cloth and freestanding stands, this is setup sooo much easier to set up, stow, and light evenly without wrinkles. I thought this might be interesting for anyone trying to set up a garage studio.

To build this setup, you need the following:

Roller System:
Paper counterweight:
At least 2 of these softbox lights:

+Your choice of paper backdrops. I used 107″ wide, but you can choose other widths. Here are links to the ones I bought:
White paper:
Green screen:
Neutral Gray:

The above are all affiliate links.

As an optional improvement, you can buy 2″ electrical conduit at Home Depot and transfer your paper from the cardboard rolls to the conduit, which is galvanized steel and will eliminate any possible sag. Totally optional, but a nice cheap improvement.

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20 Comments
  1. Dariush Golbaghi says

    This video helped me a lot Thank you so much.. Good luck πŸ‘πŸ™

  2. Supermommy Drea says

    Thank you for sharing!!

  3. DiamondCutPhotoMedia says

    Great video, very helpful. Will use this setup for my future studio. Thanks

  4. amaedesign says

    To build this setup, you need the following:

    Roller System: http://amzn.to/2AXQzZJ
    Paper counterweight: http://amzn.to/2yTQBjS
    At least 2 of these softbox lights: http://amzn.to/2hIR2dA

    +Your choice of paper backdrops. I used 107" wide, but you can choose other widths. Here are links to the ones I bought:
    White paper: http://amzn.to/2yTfV9y
    Green screen: http://amzn.to/2yWhweE
    Neutral Gray: http://amzn.to/2AVIaWC

    The above are all affiliate links.

  5. Joseph Bala says

    Great video! But where can I order the kits from?

  6. Timothy Pojim says

    great idea! thanks a lot man πŸ™πŸΎ

  7. NioTripleX says

    Great Job! I'm slowly doing the same to our garage, multiple use of space. Outstanding!

  8. Barry Mountford says

    Great video! I created a diy ceiling lighting rig in my tiny garage for $57 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79TX_OHJ8KQ Β and it works a treat!! got all my lightstands of the floor so I could make the most of the small area.

  9. PhotoZen says

    any sagging of the big roll of seamless ?

  10. Shiba Daddy says

    I was wondering, how you transfer the photo camera view to cell phone on top of camera? Thank you

  11. K3rty says

    well I am not into melting things, so this time I just drop a like and say You are one awesome dude, thanks!

  12. Fatih Baslar says

    hi there, this is absolutely smartest DIY which I ever seen. so could you provide proper name of hanger and rolling stuff as my English limited and coupon find.
    thank you.

  13. Lipa Stauber says

    Thank you….
    Can you post a link for the kit?

  14. Chandler Evan says

    Super helpful video! Could you please share a link to where you bought all of these materials? Thanks really appreciate it!

  15. Steven van Landeghem says

    Where can we view some of your photography work?

  16. Brielle C Farmer says

    Thanks for this video, it was so helpful!

  17. Guil says

    you have no idea how much this video helped me!

  18. Christiana Mara says

    Awesome. I was trying to figure out how to accomplish this on my own in my new garage studio conversion I setup lately. Only question I have is where did you purchase the system from? Thanks!

  19. DonDomel says

    subscribed

  20. Dustin O says

    Very cool! Good idea.

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