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How to create a backdrop wall in your studio

How to create your own backdrop wall in your ‘studio’

My studio is in estate agents terms: ‘bijou and compact’, the quality of the images I produce means this is irrelevant as I am sure most photographers will agree – size doesn’t matter!

However, I wanted to have the ability to use my wonderful range of backdrops (from Photographers Floors and Backdrops in the UK) without having to take up vital space with stands and poles etc…

I wanted something that would be absolutely solid when hung and that there was no chance of it falling off the wall and landing on to a client.  It had to be straight which is why I used a baton to secure the hooks to the wall, as I only then had to make sure the hooks lined up on the already straight baton.

So here’s how I transformed my walls!

 

You will need: 

  • Backdrop(s) of the SAME height
  • Sharp scissors
  • Eyelet rings (the ones you use for curtains – standard size or bigger)
  • Thin wooden baton slightly wider than the width of your backdrop and thick enough to hold hooks.
  • 5 hooks that screw into the above baton – bear in mind that they may be at eye height so something safe not sharp.
  • Drill, raw plugs, wall screws and spirit level and relevant safety equipment.
  • Floor space big enough to lay out your backdrops flat.
  • A helpful person!

 

step-1-backdrop-tina-bolton-photography-4sqStep 1

Measure the spaces where you want the rings to be.  In my 5ft width backdrop I used 5 rings.  Using the rings as a template.  Make sure each ring is the same distance from the top to ensure they all hang at the same height on the backdrop.

 

 

 

 

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Cut out the holes for the eyelets – cut the holes slightly bigger than the circle you drew.

 

 

 

 

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Separate the eyelet rings (use closed scissors to unclip them) and push the ring with the spikes through the hole to ensure a good grip and click the other half on.  Eyelets are usually designed for quite thick fabrics and they went through the vinyl quite easily.

Repeat steps 1-3 until you are happy that you have enough eyelet rings to provide safe hooks.

 

 

 

step-5-backdrop-tina-bolton-photography-6sqStep 4

Prepare your baton to the correct length (paint it the matching colour you want and leave to dry) then mark out where it’s going to go using a spirit level to ensure it is perfectly straight.  Mark out your holes, drill, apply raw plugs.

Before you fix your baton to the wall, place it on the floor and place your first prepared backdrop over it and line up the edges and where your hooks will go in relation to the eyelet holes – mark them up.

Now fix the baton to the wall. (I used three screws – one either end plus a central one.)

 

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Attach your hooks to the baton

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 6

Hang your backdrops!  With the single door hooks I can hang three backdrops.

 

 

 

 

Points to note:

Since hanging the backdrops I would advise the following:  create a baton with three extra hooks spaced apart as before – then this will make it easier to swap your backdrops around.

The eyelet rings means they will not roll up as neatly for the tubes as before but you can either tie them once rolled, or simply unclip the eyelet rings temporarily.  I use the bottom of the backdrop with velcro to attach to a backdrop and pole system when needed at a mobile event.

How to create your own backdrop wall with pics Downloadable PDF

I hope this helps – get in touch and let me know or if you have any questions!  tina@tinabolton.co.uk

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New Year’s Day Sale

Happy New Year!! For those of you who like a bargain today’s bargain links on photo shoots and camera courses is here
Remember – this is the last of our special festive flash sales which ends tomorrow. Grab your bargain now!
Vouchers can be downloaded upon payment so you can still surprise that special someone!

 

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The online course for the Take Better Photos has a code too- use this for a whopping £135 OFF so you pay only £60!!! NY2014

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Day One of the Festive Flash Sale

Have a wonderful Christmas and for those of you who like a bargain today’s bargain links on photo shoots and camera courses is here:
Remember – each day the bargains are still there but the price rises slightly the later you leave it!!
Vouchers can be downloaded upon payment so you can still surprise that special someone!
The online course for the Take Better Photos has a code too- use this for a whopping £165 OFF so you pay only £30!!! XMAS1

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Cameras and Cake Photography Workshops

 

You know that moment when you think you have taken the picture of THE CENTURY, only to look at that back of the camera and discover it’s out of focus/too dark/too light/you missed that smile….

The Cameras and Cake workshops are designed to give you enough information in just three hours to improve your photography so that you never experience that disappointment again, plus you get to eat cake and share a cuppa with other like-minded people.

These workshops are going down a STORM!  The cake is delicious and at our last workshop Aleshia (who runs For The Love of Cakes and makes the cakes) attended the workshop and is now LOVING her camera.

  • The workshops are held in Greatham (near Petersfield) on the last Wednesday of each month.
  • Groups of friends can book their very own morning to suit them (min of 4 people needed).
  • From 9.30am-12.30pm with a maximum of 6 people.  You only need to attend one course.
  • We ALWAYS have a delicious cake* and lots of TEA!!  (and coffee!)
  • Easy to absorb (no geek jargon allowed) and more importantly, lots of opportunity to put into practise information on using your camera.
  • Suitable whether you have the latest DSLR or a dinky little point and shoot.
  • The tips and tricks I share with you will enable your photography to improve straight away!
* Gluten and dairy free options available please ask.
What have other people said about the workshops:
” I am LOVING my camera now, I seem to get so much more out of it, I am even eyeing up my husband’s camera…watch this space”  Aleshia, Liss
” I took some photos of my boys playing rugby at school that afternoon, not only were they in focus, they looked so much brighter and vibrant, thank you again!” Emma, Bradshott

 

It’s just sooo nice doing something for yourself and focusing on something different, the cake was good too!!”  Dawn, Havant

 

” I learnt more in three hours than I did on a course I took a few years ago, thank you”  Matt, Farnham

 

“I am never using the automatic button on my camera again!”  Ian, Guildford

So…

Read and print out a cameras and cake photography workshops leaflet OR pop along to our facebook page!  Remember to hit ‘like’.

Book your place by calling Tina on 07976 302937 or emailing her.

 

 

 

 

 

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Festive photo tips

Tina’s Top tips for great Festive photos

Christmas pictures lacking a little something?  Follow these great tips to add a bit more sparkle to your festive photos!

  1.      Make sure your camera is fully charged, that there is room on your memory card and your lens is clean!
  2.     For fab party pics of your friends, ask them to put their heads together, lean forward a little bit (never back) everyone looks their best and less chins are visible!!
  3.     Remember:  your camera flash will only work up to a distance of about 10-12 feet maximum, on smaller cameras even less. 
  4.     Make sure you have the ‘red eye’ flash on your camera, remember that the first smaller flash is followed by the bigger flash.
  5.    For those cute, adorable nativity play shots, Choose either a front seat  OR an aisle seat so you can stand up without blocking anyone’s view from behind.  Use flash only if you really have to. Most camera’s have a night-time    function which increases your camera’s ability to take low light shots without a flash.
  6.  Wait until the end of the play – or the ‘gathering around the manger’ bit as this is usually well lit and everyone is still.
  7.  Christmas cards, we love the cute ones of our kids in a Santa* outfit!!  (*Or whatever you choose!!)  Make time to dress them up and pose them, sit them safely (deep in the sofa perhaps), as near to window light as you can and   take  some pictures.  Better still come to one of my free toddler group mini sessions with that special outfit (see below for details).
  8. On Christmas Day – have that camera to hand ALL the time, especially for when Grandad falls asleep and you manage to draw a moustache on him!
  9. Take a photo of each present your children opens, you can then print/email this out as a thank you to the person who sent it, they’ll love seeing the smiles of delight.
  10. Make sure you are in one or two pictures with the kids as well, looking suitably festive!

 Have a lovely Christmas!  

When you open that new camera on Christmas Day, remember to book your place on one of my photography workshops in January, so you can REALLY get the best out of your camera – better still, make sure that a workshop gift voucher is part of the package!!  Download Tina Bolton Photography festive photography tips as a pdf.

Mini Santa Shoot Sessions are being held as follows:

Thursday 8th November – NCT Small Talk & Baby Talk, United Reform Church, Petersfield, 10-12

Wednesday 14th November –  Baby Sensory Classes, Greatham Village Hall, 10-12

Monday 19th November – NCT Haslemere – Royal School, Hindhead, 10-12

Tuesday 20th November – Baby Sensory, St Alban’s Church, Hindhead 10-12

Thursday 22nd November – Baby Sensory, Haslemere Prep School, Hill Road, 9.30-2pm

I will also be at Stepping Stones in Sheet, date to be confirmed.

 

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