One of the best investments that you can make as both an amateur and a professional photographer is to purchase a green screen. A whole new plethora of possibilities open up once you have a green screen, from plain backgrounds to vast exotic lands. Unfortunately, while getting the actual screen is quite easy and inexpensive, garnering the stand needed to use it is not.
Most green screen stands are upwards of $80, and the $80 models do not have great reviews. It is all a great expense for such a simple device. So, instead of spending $100 or more for a decent green screen stand, it is worth it to craft your own!
Building a green screen stand of your own is easy and rewarding to do, and can be accomplished with a 15-minute trip to the hardware store and less than an hour of construction work in your very own basement. This is the process that I used to make my own, and it has held up very well and produced great results with my photography!
So, first: what should you purchase to make your very own green screen stand? You’ll need one 10ft PVC pipe, six 10ft conduit pipes, two packs of three screw connectors, one pack of three screw couplings, and four PVC connector pieces.
Use a Sharpie to mark a line at the 2ft point of one of the conduit pipes, and then use your tools to saw through the pipe to make a 2ft section. Repeat this. In our case, we used an angled grinding wheel to make our incisions. Make sure to also sand then ends of the pipe when you are done so that you don’t stab yourself and get tetanus.
Next, open your connectors and couplings. Take the washers off the connectors, as they won’t be needed, and feed a conduit connector into one of the L-shaped PVC connectors. Place another washerless connector into the other end of the PVC connector. You may need to use pliers for a tighter fit.
Repeat this with the other L-shaped PVC connector, and also place a washerless conduit connector into one port of the triangulated PVC connector, like so.
Fit one of your 2ft conduit pipe pieces into the conduit port of the triangulated PVC connector, and repeat with the other 2ft pipe piece. Use your pliers to hammer the pipes tightly to their respective PVC connectors. These will be the “feet” of your green screen stand, so you want them to be sturdy.
The overall height depends on how tall you want your stand to be. Trim two of the remaining 10ft conduit pipes to the height you want. You will wind up placing one of these trimmed pipes to the 2ft section using a conduit coupling to make a leg. Tighten the coupling to hold it all together, and repeat this for the second leg.
For the finishing touch, trim the PVC pipe into four 1ft sections, which will be used as the feet of the stand. Place these 1ft sections into the remaining spots on your triangulated connectors for the feet.
Now, connect the entire thing together by affixing one of the remaining 10ft conduit pipes to each of the legs using the L-shaped connectors. Remember to tighten the screws with a screwdriver, and voila! You’re done!
I Don’t Understand…
I, myself, and quite the visual learner, and despite how clear the instructions are, having a visual aid helps me tremendously in crafting different DIY projects. Therefore, I have also created a video guide for this process, to show you in more detail what it takes to create your own green screen stand!
A word of caution: if you are not experience with power tools or comfortable with them, ask a friend or relative to help you with this project. It is not worth injuring yourself when there are plenty of people who would love to help!