How to Hang a Seamless Backdrop from the Rafters in a Garage

After cleaning out his garage, photo enthusiast Drew decided to convert it into a makeshift studio by creating a mount to hang seamless white paper or a muslin from the rafters. He used ceiling hooks, chains, S hooks, and a 12-foot-long dowel.

  • Fred

    After watching this, come check out my 13 part tutorial on how to hang a shower curtain.  

  • Wouter

    I use a dia projector screen I picked up for 10 euros. Actually cheaper and less work that this contraption.

  • Flgraphics

    I’m personally on the edge of my seat as to whether or not he’s going to go with the eye hooks or not.

    seriously, good on him for doing this.. but this is not rocket science. What a waste of a blog post

  • Joey Duncan

    Projector screen (at least most newer ons) aren’t white, they’re grey.

  • Clean Machine

    I like the washing machine… a LOT! Helps keep the photography CLEAN.

  • gp89

    Well hello prospective client! Please! Come into my dark, cluttered garage for a photo shoot! I promise you won’t regret it!

  • Drew Church

    Hey everyone, thanks for the feedback on my video!

    Like many of you, I’m a hobbiest, not a professional photographer. I have no money for a studio, nor do I have plans for one. I have friends and family constantly asking me to take some portait studio style photos for them. I’d not bring a client, or even a trade-for-prints/portfolio model here. Not the intended purpose. I hope I didn’t come across that way in the video. Hence things like the broken washer¬†sitting in a corner ;)

    I did the video in a single evening without planning. That’s why I went back and forth on the eye hooks. I’m not trying to be the next YouTube DIY star, nor do I really want to be. I wanted to contribute something to both the DIY and photography community that I have learned SO much from.


    P.S. I had no idea that Petapixel featured my video in a blog post. I did not solicit the exposure.

  • Steve

    Drew, don’t feel that you have to explain yourself to these eejits, you did a great job and I’m very envious. Having just cleared my own garage I think you may have inspired me to try something similar