How To Build A PVC Soft Screen

Jun 14, 2013

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

How To Build A PVC Soft Screen

Jun 14, 2013

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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If you need a big, nice soft light source one of the cheaper options is to use a small light combined with a diffusion panel, which is basically just a huge sheet of fabric. The question is how to support this mess of fabric that only wants to sit crumbled on the floor.

How To Build A PVC Soft Screen

Kevin Kobota has a pretty slick tutorial on building a soft diffusion panel a-la Dean Collins style, very similar to Photoflex’s LitePanels. Unlike the $350 LitePanel the DIY version only costs about $20 and an afternoon. The video covers the uses, materials, and build constructions + some interesting philosophy on transitioning from DIY gear to Pro.

P. S. Waaaay back when DIYP was just starting out, we shared one of Dean Collins’s rigs build by Brian Zimmerman.

P.P.S. Build two of those panels to make a wall of light.

[The D.I.Y. panel diffuser for photographers via ISO 1200]

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13 responses to “How To Build A PVC Soft Screen”

  1. Rostislav Alexandrovich Avatar
    Rostislav Alexandrovich

    Nice video!

  2. Robin Avatar
    Robin

    Hey Beavis, he said stiffer. heheheheh

  3. Rick Avatar
    Rick

    If you glue the tees to the horizontal cross member (instead of the verticals), you will find it practically assembles itself when you unfold it. Just lift it by the top bar and it naturally sets everything into proper alignment.

    1. david d Avatar
      david d

      Here’s what I did. I glued the fittings to the horizontal pieces, top, bottom, and middle:

      http://blog.sundayschildsnapshots.com/wp/2013/02/diy-kubota-panels/

      1. Just Avatar
        Just

        I dont get how not using bungee cord stopped you from snapping panels together

        1. david d Avatar
          david d

          The bungee did not stop me from putting the panels together, at least not in this form. I left the bungee out so I could reconfigure the pieces to build a cube for making a table top light tent.

          Because if the pain in working with loose pieces, I did eventually bungee together one panel. The bungee does make assembling the frames incredibly easier – it all just comes together. I have not bought some more bungee so I can do more…

  4. colette Avatar
    colette

    What is the device on the lightstand that is holding up the light panel? Great DIY!

  5. Jeff Avatar
    Jeff

    Ditto on what type of bracket is being used to mount the frame to the lightstand?

    Also, does the white rip-stop fabric also work well as a reflector, or would a different fabric be better as? I’m thinking of the space saving attributes of this “device” as opposed to a V-flat (bookend).

    It seems like any fabric could be used, and in many instance used as a background for head shots.

  6. Robert Eley Avatar
    Robert Eley

    great video! Thanks

  7. BrianRGibson Avatar
    BrianRGibson

    The bracket looks like an off brand copy of a Photoflex LitePanel Accessory / Main & T Clamp, with the “C” opening turned away from the camera. You can clearly see the angles in the C if you watch closely.

    http://www.estudiolighting.com/photoflex_litepanel_accessory_main_t_238_prd1.htm

    Another similar setup:
    http://www.calumetphoto.com/eng/product/calumet_light_stand_clamp/rm7250