29 Jul DIY: $10 Custom Wooden Backdrop Mount

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Do you have painted canvas backdrop, or other textile, that you use for portraits?

Why clamp it up to a crossbar (and crop the top) every time you use it, when for about $10 you can build a permanent wooden mounting bar that begs to be included in the frame?

Such was this morning’s project.

Back in the Day

When I was a kid, my parents owned a furniture store in Eustis, Florida. Once a year, a mom-and-pop portrait photography outfit came through and set up shop on the showroom floor.

I was in middle school at the time, maybe 11 years old. This was my first ever exposure to a professional photographer. I thought it was really cool, so I would often volunteer to help out. A few years later, they handed down one of their painted canvas backdrops to me.

It was pretty worn (and dated) but I quickly repainted it because I loved the feel of the canvas and the mounting bar they had built for it. I used my repurposed backdrop for many years before passing it on to someone else.

Fast forward 40 years, and I have just had the same thing happen again. My friend Sara Lando just gifted me a beautiful canvas backdrop she painted and used for a portrait project. It is brown and rustic and lovely in a way that I could never make myself.

But it is just a piece of painted canvas. So today we are going to make the same DIY mounting bar that…

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