Versatile Studio Panel System
Versatility is one of the keys to a successful photographic business. The more choices you can offer, the better. Unfortunately for me this translates into several sets and a large supply of costumes and accessories. Despite my almost 1700 square foot studio, space is always at a premium. After a bit of experimenting I came up with a modular, lightweight, compact system of panels for set construction. At its simplest, this system is composed of flat panels about 2 inches thick and a pair of legs to hold them up. Since the panels are double-sided, two backgrounds only take up a small floor area. Though these panels do take some care to build, a person with only modest woodworking skills and common home workshop tools can make the basic parts in a couple of afternoons.
- The Basic Flat is the starting point for
all of the other projects.
- Adding a Floor Unit expands the capability
of the basic flat.
- Window Walls: making an opening through the panel requires some planning.
- Shoji: a transluscent paper-covered grid which mimics the traditional Japanese panels.
- Medieval: mimic masonry surfaces with hardware-store materials
- "Industrial" finishes
Dale Austin email@example.com
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