Photography v-flats, while very useful, are not known for their portability. So what do you do on location?
I contemplated that very question while standing in the aisle of my favorite art supply store in Atlanta, Sam Flax. The decision was made, that with a little bit of DIY gusto, I would make it happen.
I purchased some duct tape, a roll of velcro, and 4 lightweight sheets of foam board – 32″ x 48″ each. I already knew this would be a success when the individual boards fit in my car out in the parking lot. – SCORE!
So on my living room floor late that evening I assembled the boards into what I now call my “v-flaps”. I taped the edges for durability, taped the boards together for fold-ability, and added the velcro for portability. While these won’t fit on a plane, they will fit in my car! And they take up less room in the studio, stored hanging on a wall.
I have an all white set and a black/white set (black on one side, white on the other). Though I purchased the 2-color boards, a true diy person could paint one side any color they wanted.
This simple piece of equipment has such versatility for us photographers. These work great for bouncing light and for cutting light. While larger photography v-flats can also be used as a background, these v-flaps do have a downside – a large seam in the middle.
If you need a pure white background, with proper lighting the seam disappears. I carry a small container of wrinkle-free fabric that I hang on the boards with clips when I have the occasional client that wants something other than a white, black or gray background.
I hope you are inspired to make your own set of portable v-flats v-flaps. Press play below to see their portability and ease of use.