The elusive v-flat. Once you know what a v-flat is, the next question is always: “where do I get them?” For years, photographers were sent on scavenger hunts looking for 4X8’ sheets of foam, sheets so large, truck rental was required. They were anything but portable. Until now.
Photographers Bruce Allen and Tina Leu have done a great job explaining how to create a portable v-flat that will fit in the backseat of your car. There is a premade version of portable v-flats that can be ordered via V-flat World. But, if you don’t want to drop $195 each at V-flat World and are willing to get a little crafty, these will set you back around $75 for two.
What you'll need:
- 8 32x40" foam boards. Local art stores should carry 32x40" foam boards, but you can also find them at B&H.
- Photo mount spray
- Gaffers tape. If you're not familiar with gaffers tape, don't use another type. Try this and thank me later. You will use it on everything. Gaffers tape is amazing and will change your life.
- Box cutter or scissors
- Velcro strips
- Cardboard to protect the foam
- Plastic drop cloth
I plan on making these, as I need a portable option. If you give it a try, I'd love to know.