Introduction: Simple Photography Backdrop
Often when making instructables, the need to photograph small objects arises. This implement helps out, it makes for a softer background than a desk or table. Thus, better photos.
The total cost is under $2, but most of the materials can be found around the house. It's small enough to fit in a desk, so now you can publish all of those "Office Weapons" instructables on location - at the office.
Now, let's get to it.
Step 1: Tools & Materials
- A coat hanger
- Paperclips (not pictured)
- Measuring tape
- Pliers, preferably two
- Scissors (optional)
- Electrical tape (optional)
Step 2: Prepping
Cut the hook off of the coat hanger, so we can start bending. It may take a bit of strength.
Step 3: Straightening
Straighten out the majority of the hanger, but leave the end bent, we'll cut this off later anyways.
Step 4: The Initial Bend
Try to find the relative middle of the wire, it doesn't need to be exact. Measure out about 7 inches, or a little less than the width of your paper. Mark it with a pen, or just guesstimate. Then bend both sides.
Step 5: More Bending
Mark one inch from each bend just made. Then bend these straight up, it should look like the second picture when you're done.
Step 6: Bending "Eye" Hooks
From the point we just bent, measure 5 inches, or half the length of your paper. At the five inch mark, start bending a "U" shape, and clip the end off, like the second and third photos. Repeat this for both sides. Don't close it all the way yet.
Step 7: Adding Clips
Slide a paperclip onto the hook, then pinch the hook closed. Make sure the paperclip won't slide off. Repeat on the other side.
Step 8: Finished!
Just attach a piece of paper with the paperclips, and finished. You can add some electric tape to the corners that touch the surface, for a little grip. Mine already came with a coating, so I didn't do that.
Hoped you liked my instructable, and upload a photo of yours if you make one.