So you just spent a a fortune buying a top-of-the-line camera like the Canon 5D Mark II and then you realized something: you need a studio to shoot your subjects. Don't have one? Inflate one on the sidewalk!
The Inflatable Photo Studio (IPS) is a quick and easy solution for aspiring photographers. The entire "studio" takes only three minutes to blow up and absolutely would not look suspicious at all.
The makers of the IPS claim the contraption is made of plastic that's less than half an inch thick and can block out unwanted light. The IPS is available in two sizes: small (12 x 7 x 10 ft) for $330 and large (20 x 12 x 12 ft) for $400. Fans for ventilation are sold separately and would bring prices up to $350 and $500.
Mom always told us never to play with plastic bags, but if you're a starving artist in NYC with a passion for photography, this might not be such a terrible solution.