I am trying to get more information on the weight bags I've seen occasionally on the CL workshops. I am preparing for an outdoor shoot with a soft box (Apollo Orb) outdoors. Since I probably won't have an assistant, I need to weigh down the light stands. I'd like to buy empty ones and fill them, but not sure how big or what is available out there (U.S.) Anybody with an opinion or info on what works best? Thanks!
im looking into a set of ankle weights.
You can also try theatrical suppliers such as BMI Supply. Sometimes more expensive, but you can find some very purpose driven gear that will exactly suit your needs. Sandbags are considered part of rigging. Your gear will look infinitely more professional than milk jugs!
The ones we use are made specifically for this purpose and are from a local camera shop (Glazers). They are around 20 lbs. and are sealed.
There are also empty ones that you fill yourself. Here are some at B&H: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Sandbags-Weight-Bags/ci/1373/N/4289244502
For myself, I've used other items, such as diving weights and running ankle weights that I find for a few dollars in thrift stores. I've lucked out a few times to find 20lb weight sets for $5 or less.
Some people use water or milk jugs so they can carry them empty and fill them with water or sand at the location and then empty them to carry them back home.