Studio Background Paper – Dos and Don’ts

Studio Background Paper – Dos and Don’ts


When it comes to hanging simple
paper rolls in our photo studio there’s a lot of mistakes that
people tend to make. I’m going to show you
how to avoid those. So here’s a prime example of
where things have gone a bit wrong. So if you look at this paper roll
you can see that it’s mounted sort of the opposite of the way it should go,
and it’s a little bit like your toilet paper, you usually want your
toilet paper facing out. This is the wrong way to hang
the paper, because you’re going opposite to the bend of the paper, so the paper is
naturally rolled up and you’re kind of forcing it to go the other way
and that’s not a good idea because you’re going to get kinks and creases
into your paper really easily. The other thing here you can see this chain
holder is actually in the wrong orientation and that’s gonna make it
incredibly difficult to drop this down and lift it up – it’s going to get caught
in that tensioner up there. So we have the two elements of our paper roll
holder here. So the first one is our adjustment chain end and essentially
we’ve got these two grooves here and when you slip it into the groove up
there what you have then is you want to have this horizontal so then a chain
adjustment can move freely. This is the element that we use
to expand into the paper roll. To install this end of the paper roll we want to just insert it in
here and then by twisting this knob we’re going to expand it out and it’s
going to become one with the paper roll so that’s nice and firm and
then adjustment here on the chain. The second element is this guy and again you
have your the same expansion into the paper roll and this is our tensioner so
we can slide this up and down to make sure it’s in the right position for the
width of the paper roll and then what we do with this guy is we tighten it just
so that the paper doesn’t flow freely and start to unwind itself. We just pop
this in again and align it with the cardboard of the roll and twist to lock.
Now obviously when we’re up there this should still move freely and be able to
slot into the groove up there. One nice little tip is
to use elastic bands to secure your paper roll
rather than tape because then you’re not going to damage
any of the paper and have to cut that off. Okay, so let’s get it up there. So
what we’re looking for here is we want the second groove here for it to slide
into, and that makes our plastic piece horizontal for the chain. Now the
chain can move freely. So on this side we’ve
got this tensioner here and we can slide this
element back and forward so what we want to do is pop it into the
hook like so and now we’ve got the tensioner, and this is what’s creating
the tension for the paper, so make sure that you have this not too tight, and not
too loose – just so you’ve got a free-flowing paper roll. So now what we want to do
is just unfurl a little bit of the roll, because if we just
move the chain over there what’s going to happen is you’re
just gonna have the paper spinning, spinning, spinning, so drop down a little
bit so you can grab hold of it once you’re on the ground. And now I can start
to use the chain to just bring the paper down. Another tip here is also what you
want to do is roll up the paper as it comes down to you, so that you’re not
creating any lumps, bumps and creases in the paper. So now that I”ve got the amount of
paper that I need, I’m just going to start rolling now. I’m pulling it out and
whilst I’m pulling it out I want to make sure that it’s remaining straight and so
when I go under the lamps over here I get a nice straight sweep. And I’m also
going to use a weight here just to hold down the paper. And I’m just
going to tuck in the corner under the light and bring the weight
forward – again just making sure I’m nice and straight with my paper and now I can
start my photo shoot.

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