I like to keep my vinyl backdrops in the tube mailer that they were shipped in so they don’t get ruined but in doing that they also keep their curl. When I get ready to photograph a product or dish for a blog post there isn’t anything more annoying to me than having my backdrop curl. Now you can keep your vinyl backdrops in your mailing tube for storage but stop them from curling when you’re ready to use them.
Does this happen to you? Annoying, right? I used to find something heavy like a book or a candle to put on the edges which was fine sometimes, but other times I need to change my angle and don’t want to have that potentially in the background of my shot.
I thought of permanently affixing the backdrops to a piece of wood or cardboard but then I would have to store them in my garage and run the risk of them being ruined. The last week I had a great idea in the shower. My best ideas really do seem to come to me in the shower.
I bought two pieces of foam board, the same thing your kids probably use for science fair projects and some round velcro tabs with an adhesive backing.
I stuck the loop piece of the velcro on the back of my backdrop and stuck the hook piece to it to stick to the piece of foam board. I used the hook piece on the backdrop so that I could still roll it up without it potentially being scratched by the hook side.
Now my backdrop can be easily affixed to the foam board to stop it from curling and to give me a more solid backing in case I need to set up a shoot on the carpet.
Most of my backdrops are 2′ x 2′ but I have one that is 3′ x 3′. I put some velcro tabs on for this size as well.
Once I got my velcro pieces on the board I used a hole punch to punch holes in the corners and used a piece of string to tie them together. (now that they’re tied together the bump you see in the above picture is no longer there)
This allows me to be able to fold the foam board up for storage or to use it as a plain white background if I need to.
I store both the foam board and the mailing tubes with my backdrops in them in my closet for easy access and to keep them both in good condition.