How to make DIY “rusty wall” background out of plywood

How to make DIY “rusty wall” background out of plywood

Guys at offer tons of great resources for photographers and retouchers. They are devoted and serious and put a lot of effort in their packages, and for this article, they shared with us how they built a �œrusty wall” background �“ out of wood!

�œWhy would you make a DIY rusty wall” you may ask. Well, one of the very attractive packages is their Rusty Wall background textures. It features 82 hi-res background textures of a rusty way, taken from different perspectives. And although they are master retouchers, their background is a real deal. So, if you�™re less into Photoshop and more into DIY and building, or just curious to see how background comes to life �“ carry on reading. The kind guys from shared with DIYP how to make the rusty wall background out of wood.

You will need:



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First, the builders made the wooden construction for the �œwall.” As they say, it required screws, �œlots of screws.” So if you want to build it on your own, count on the drill and the screws to be your allies.

Next, they attached the plywood boards to the construction. There are also two triangular wooden boards in the bottom to keep the wall standing, as you will see in the photos. The wall basically contains three parts, and it can be folded in different ways.

When the wall was done, it still looks nothing like �œrusty wall.” And this is where the creative part comes. First, they gave the wall some texture. They applied the plaster and tapped it with a rough sponge. Here is a short video of the process:

When they applied the texture, they made it partial and uneven, just like the real rusty wall would have. And this is the final result.

When the texture was done, it looked like the texture of a rusty wall. However, the color was still far from it, so they painter over it with a few different colors. They began with grey wall color. After this, they applied the two-component color. The first one contains metal, and the second acts as �œrust agent”. The guys applied it with spray bottle, but some manufacturers already deliver the rust agent in a spray bottle.

After applying the second over the first component, the primer slowly began to turn orange. Here�™s the timelapse of the rust process, looks pretty cool:

While they were waiting for the rust to form, they sat back and enjoyed barbecue and video games. So if you decide to make this, keep in mind it will take some time for the rust to form, and here�™s a suggestion from how to spend some quality time while you�™re waiting �Ÿ™‚

When the rust process was done, there was an almost realistic rusty wall in the studio. I said �œalmost realistic” because there was one more detail missing �“ the rivets. This is where they used the wooden half-spheres I mentioned in the list above. They marked the places at even space for setting the �œrivets.” They glued each of them in place, and painted them all. What I find particularly interesting is the attention to details. They put some holes in it where rivers were supposed to be and put extra rust on them, so it looked like the rust damaged some �œmetal” around them.

The wall itself looks really impressive. All it takes is some wood, plaster and color, but it wouldn�™t be it without lots of patience and eye for details. And of course, since it was made for photography purposes, it would be only fair to show you some sample images. Here are a few, so you can check what the fake �œrusty wall” looks like as a background.

If you are handy and have enough room, I believe you can easily make this on your own. But if you have more skill in Photoshop than building, you can buy this background at and play with it in editing. In any case, I hope you found it interesting to see how a photo-background comes to life.

Jinbei Studio Flash Units Recalled for Electrocution Risk

Jinbei Studio Flash Units Recalled for Electrocution Risk

The Swiss government last month issued a recall for ten models of Jinbei studio flash units. While the recall notice has made the rounds on message boards, I am frankly surprised that photo media outlets have not picked this up.

Jinbei is a China-based manufacturer of studio and small-flash lighting gear. I have reached out to them with the following questions:

1. Are these same model and design flashes being sold in other countries in spite of the Swiss recall?
2. Have there been any other country-specific recalls of Jinbei flashes?
3. Should owners of Jinbei flashes not covered under the Swiss recall consider their flashes to be safe?

I will update this post when representatives from Jinbei respond.

Below is an English machine translation of the Swiss government recall notice. The original notice is here.

ESTI – Foto-Morgen GmbH recalls studio flashes Jinbei

Berne, Switzerland, April 13th, 2017 – In cooperation with the Federal Inspectorate of High Current Installations (ESTI), Foto-Morgen GmbH recalls studio flashes of the Jinbei brand. There is an increased risk of electrocution, which can result in death. The devices in question must no longer be used and Foto-Morgen GmbH undertakes to repair them free of charge.

Depending on the circumstances, the mains voltage applied to the ignition wire of the flash tube of the device is 230v. When the flash is switched on, there is a risk of electric shock which can cause death in the event of contact Of the priming wire with the hands or a conductive material.

The following series of flashes are affected by the product recall, with all powers combined:

�–� Jinbei DPL Studio Flash
�–� Jinbei ECL and ECD studio flash
�–� Jinbei Pilot Studio Flash
�–� Jinbei D-250 Studio Flash
�–� Jinbei Spark Studio Flash
�–� Studio Flash Jinbei MSN
�–� Jinbei DP and DP II Studio Flash
�–� Studio flash w/integrated Jinbei DP III radio receiver

The appliances concerned must no longer be used and must be disconnected. Customers who have purchased their product from Foto-Morgen GmbH are asked to send a purchase confirmation to the company electronically. They will then get a postage-paid label for the free return of the device, which will be repaired at no additional cost by Foto-Morgen GmbH and returned to customers within about 18 days. No refund of the purchase price is expected.