Setup is easy and does not need any tools. You can do it by yourself. Do watch the video before you put it together though, because it is possible to bend the rods too far, and then they may crack. We have assembled very many of these using the technique shown in the video and have never had a problem. I think the part to be careful with is the final connection into the circle. Damage to the rods or possible injury could occur if they spring away unexpectedly.
*Updated 10/25/17 - We have had a couple of people end up with the tip of the rod breaking during or after assembling the top circle. Please watch the video to avoid this!*
It can be hard to get the top circle apart while the rods are curved going into the fittings. This video shows you how to straighten it out and easily take the stand apart. The rods are springy! Damage to the rods or possible injury could occur if they spring away unexpectedly. Don't disassemble it with children in the room, and don't disassemble it inside your clients' homes, until you are very comfortable with the process and can always disassemble it under control.
We thought it might help people to visualize the setup with the blankets and the beanbag if we made a video. (We promise we will make a better one - indoors - soon, but for whatever reason we thought it might be fun to do these outside at a park...) This will give you an idea of how to set it up with three layers of blankets, starting once the stand is assembled and the beanbag is set inside.
This video shows a good way to set it up to be stable if your beanbag is a little smaller or lighter than the large posing bags. I'm using 2 king-sized pillows (but I think standard would be fine too) under a small beanbag which is actually two kid-sized bags tied together in a sheet. Very low-tech. This will keep the stand more stable and also raise the bag surface higher, which I prefer.
If you prefer text and picture instructions to video, they are provided here. Please follow all safety precautions. Damage to the rods or possible injury could occur if they spring away unexpectedly. It's not actually hard but we want to be sure people are safe. It's springy, like a tent pole is when it's under tension. Don't disassemble or assemble with children in the room until you are very comfortable with the process.
First insert the three black rods into the steel connectors as shown below, making one very long rod.
Put the third connector on the end of the right side and hold the rod + connector in your right hand. Step on the center of the middle rod to keep the whole thing in place.
Check the connections and verify that the rods are fully inserted - the tape marking should be right next to the connector with no space in between.
Reach over and pick up the left end in your left hand. Bring the ends together in the middle and press down to make the whole thing into an oval with the flat part on top. Insert the left side into the connector to make a circle. This is easiest when the left end is going straight into the connector - that's why you press down to make an oval, so the rod will be going straight into that connector.
Put the circle on the ground with the connectors facing up. Connect
the first green rod as shown below. Verify that the rod is inserted completely
by again looking at the thin slot on the side of the connector.
Connect the other two rods as shown below, and again check to be sure that they are inserted fully.
Fasten the bungee cords around each leg as shown below.
Turn it over.
Put your beanbag into the stand. (Beanbag is not included.)
Clamp your blanket or fabric to the top rail, adjust the stand so that the back and sides are at the height you want, and you're ready to photograph a baby.
How to disassemble the stand:
Take the stand apart when no children are in the room. Donít disassemble inside your clientsí homes. The rods are springy!
1. Remove the green rods: flip the stand upside down with the circle flat on the floor. Step next to each connector to keep it in place and gently tug the green rods out.
2. Hold the black circle vertically in front of you as shown in this diagram. Press down on the top connector so that the rods are fairly flat going into the connector. Step on the bottom rod so that the whole thing stays in place.
3. Hold the center connector with one hand and remove one black rod with the other. Keep hold of that connector so that the other rod doesnít snap back. Carefully release the rods so that they donít hit anything on their way down. You could also have an assistant hold one black rod to keep it from springing away.
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