While I don't usually shoot with natural lighting, I do generally prefer to shoot on location. Regardless of preference, it's not always possible to photograph all concepts on location, and some ideas require a studio. I started researching background solutions and found several that seemed to suit my needs, almost.
I'm a sucker for a cheap product, and found several background systems for $35 on Amazon. These were usually 10ft long and adjustable up to 10ft tall. The biggest perk to them is that they are portable, but that's not necessarily something I see as a plus. Why? Because I don't need a portable background solution. If I'm not at home it's because I'm shooting on location, and do not need a background. Another downfall to the $35 systems seemed to be durability. I prefer to set scenes rather than just hang a backdrop, when I can. This means I need something that can hold many backdrops at once, layered to make the scene. This could even include heavy curtains, which won't easily be supported by a portable, lightweight background frame.
So, that idea was a no go. I knew I needed to find another solution, something more permanent and something much stronger, so I took my query to Lowe's.
We went straight to the plumbing section to look at pipes. I originally went to look at the plastic pipes, not only because the thick ones are surprisingly strong, but because, again, I'm a sucker for a good deal. The plastic pipes were all either too thick in diameter, or too thin and flimsy. Plastic was out.
I walked straight past the copper, didn't even look at it.
And I stopped at the iron. I expected it to be more expensive than it was.
I found a 10ft iron pole for a little under $9.
The two circular wall mounts were $5 each, and the two connectors were $2 each. We picked up the screws we needed for $4.
I picked up some shower curtain rings from dollar tree to hang my large cloth backdrops.
We mounted it on the ceiling, and now I have a frame strong enough to hold ALL of my backdrops at once, solving two problems in one.
It was so easy, I don't even need to write a tutorial, the photos can do the talkin'. Ignore my ceiling, we're currently remodeling and building the studio.