I consigned myself to paying well over $100 for "professional" photo backdrops when my mom suggested something that should have been obvious- why not use roller blinds/shades instead? We bought the two above while in Orlando's IKEA to retrieve my merchandise storing expedit unit and I love using them.
I pull them down when they're needed, then they go back up and out of the way when I'm done. As I've said before inspiration strikes at random and I needed fast access to my backdrops so I could get to work before the creative spark fizzles out.
There is a slight texture that can be smoothed on the white background by adjusting levels in Adobe Photoshop Elements and I need a ladder to access the gray backdrop but it's still much better than bringing out and setting backdrops, a stand and clips every time I need to take a photo. (Or taping poster board/pinning fabric to the wall as I was doing.) And it's cheap. Win/win! (Here's an inexpensive white roller blind you can order to get you started.)
White and Gray Photo Backdrops, Clips and Stands Online: $124.98+
Roller Blinds from IKEA: $30.00
Easy Use, Tidy Photo Station: Priceless
Past MODifies: Art Hanging / Record/Magazine Display / Fabric Photo Station
Do tell, what do you use to take photos? Always open to ideas and suggestions!