In my first rickety little studio I called a place to take portraits, I had nowhere but a corner to store my rolls of seamless paper. In my little budget corner I found a million ways to ruin whole rolls, or ruin parts of seamless paper on an hourly basis. The ends would get damaged, the rolls would become wavy, and I would typically end up cussing and throwing away seamless that should not have been destroyed. It was money being thrown away. I want to prevent this from ever happening to you.
In the above video, I wanted to show you the best way I've ever seen to store your seamless in a safe, and out of the way place in your studio. We use this method in both our Chicago and St. Louis studios and it works quite well. Plus, every photographer that has come in notices and compliments this system almost immediately. Many studios I've been to don't have a ton of room and are typically crammed with equipment. For me, the last thing you want in a studio is a crowded work area. This can severely hinder your creativity. So, if you have a seamless problem or are contemplating getting a studio, then I urge you to consider this approach to storing your seamless. It's not only going to save you duckets, but looks cool as well.
In this video, we used the same approach to seamless to create a new area for all of our Rosco diffusion. The biggest modifier we use for both still and motion is actually various rolls of Rosco Diffusion because of it's dynamic application. In our opinion, it's the best dynamic modifier on the market. Plus it's affordable and adaptable for almost any situation. It also stores quite nicely on a wall that's out of our way. Here's a list of Rosco products and a list of where you can go to buy them.
Here is what you will need to build this system. All of which can be found at your local hardware store.
- Support System. This should be a piece of wood attached to your ceiling or wall.
- 3-4 L Brackets (If attaching to a wall)
- Wood Screws or Dry Wall Anchors (for L Brackets)
- Eye Screws (Enough for all of your seamless/diffusion)
- Rope (Use a rope with plastic so you can melt the ends)
- Doll Rods. 1/2 - 5/8 works best with our seamless and diffusion
- Screw Driver or metal rod (for screwing in eye screws)