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When using rolls of seamless background paper, the weight of the paper often causes them to continuously unroll. What is the best way to prevent this from happening?

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If the crossbar is fixed and won't rotate (e.g. it has a pin though it), using an A-clamp to secure the paper to it will often work.

Securing a seamless paper background to a crossbar with an A-clamp

If the crossbar can rotate (or the A-clamp doesn't have enough grip or surface area to keep from turning itself) set the clamp so the handles brace against the upright support (or around the knob on a C-Stand). Make sure to do this on the back side so the handles are in contact with the upright support immediately.

Securing a seamless paper background to a crossbar and upright support with an A-clamp

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That's what I use – user9817 Jun 21 '13 at 14:21
+1 beautiful illustrative shots! – Regmi Jun 22 '13 at 3:47

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