You’ll love poly boards because they are big, cheap, light and have so many uses. I’ve been playing with poly boards for the last six months and they are a classic photographers best friend. Be your lighting setups daylight or flash polys will help you bounce, cut and shape light in a big broad way. Sue Bryce, Australian portrait photographer of the year, has been a guide in my implementation of poly boards. Sue uses painted poly boards for backgrounds and large squares for her models to sit on. I’m going to cover all of the what, how, where and how much details of poly boards in Melbourne below .
What is a poly board?A poly board is a sheet of white polystyrene that usually measures 2440mm high x 1200mm wide and in varying thicknesses of 40-120mm. Which can be made to order by numerous polystyrene factories in Melbourne. In the everyday it is used for housing insulation through to film props. Especially due to its super light weight.
How it can be used? Poly boards are very useful in photography as they are easy to manoeuvre, can be used as a large reflector or black and can be easily doubled as a background. Poly boards are famous amongst studio photographers and much over looked as a way to cheaply and affectively move light around a studio or even out doors.
Where to buy poly boards in Melbourne? After searching Melbourne for the best and most convenient way to pick up Poly boards for the studio I found Ridwan from Auspod Styrene Industries. He is a gentleman that is happy to take Paypal or direct bank deposit. I purchased the 75mm thick boards and would recommend that as a minimum, otherwise your going to get boards that bend and have bumps all over them.
Speak to Ridwan 0405 666 555
Pricing (Includes GST):
• 2400mm Long x 1200mm Wide x 40mm Thick = $25.00 / Sheet
• 2400mm Long x 1200mm Wide x 50mm Thick = $30.00 / Sheet
• 2400mm Long x 1200mm Wide x 75mm Thick = $45.00 / Sheet
• 2400mm Long x 1200mm Wide x 100mm Thick = $60.00 / Sheet
• 2400mm Long x 1200mm Wide x 150mm Thick = $90.00 / Sheet
I picked up six of them and they delivered to my door for $29 to Brunswick.
Places recommended by other professionals to purchase poly boards:
What are the additional options ?
Stands? All one needs is a stand for the poly boards: make them out of framing pine, hire a welder or purchase steel ones from a supplier.
Colour them? One litre of paint low sheen paint, of any colour, will provide a double coat to a standard 2440mm x 1200mm sheet.
Places to pick up paint:
Scenic Studios – Visual Coatings Preston.
Last 35 years. Olds scenic painting studio in Australia.
PART TWO will be following up on the how to use these poly boards.