How To Make A Photography Backdrop Or Reflector For Your Photo Studio

See how Sue Bryce uses these reflectors to create the most amazing photographs in these great classes:

In this quick DIY video, Tiffany shows you how to create your own reflector stands using Polystyrene (styrofoam) boards found at your local big box hardware store to use as reflectors for use in your photo studio (as made popular by Sue Bryce).

These can also be used as backdrops for entertaining, such as behind cake tables, or make a great background for photo booths due their light weight and ability to easily pin various materials to the background.

Materials required:
(1) Polystyrene board (1.5″ thick x 8′ tall x 4′ wide)
(2) 8″ x 10″ shelf brackets
(2) 2×4’s cut to 18″ each
(2-6) long screws (at least 1.5″) with accompanying nut to connect the brackets to polystyrene board
(8-12) 1/2″ screws to screw the shelf brackets into the base

Tools required:
Drill (to drill pilot holes and small screws into the 2×4’s)
Hand saw or table saw (to cut the 2×4’s)

Total cost for this project will run about $30 for materials.

Please post any comments or questions below. Thanks for watching!


22 thoughts on “How To Make A Photography Backdrop Or Reflector For Your Photo Studio

  1. I love this idea, thanks!

    FYI, based on the video you will actually need four shelving brackets per panel, not two as shown in the materials list.

    And if you use water-based paint (like latex paint) then you don't need to leave the plastic film in place.

  2. I clicked on the link to see how to use this as a reflector (since I've never used a reflector) but it came up with classes you have to buy. Any thoughts on how I use these are reflectors? 

  3. How would you make a corner?  It seems to me the footing would not allow these to be cornered together without showing a seam in the background….can these be taped with gaffer's tape and then painted in the seam?  I'm thinking 4ft wide may not be wide enough for a backdrop???

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