While they aren’t the most exciting gear out there, sand bags are pretty important. I recently found a great set of 4 on Amazon for under $20.
Each bag has 2 double zippered compartments for adding weight.
I use sand in plastic bags as my weight but you could use anything. If you travel a lot I would keep them empty and fill them with rocks or whatever you can find on site.
I like having the stripes as well. This is more of a safety feature than anything else, making light stand legs more obvious to people and easier to navigate around. They also give you a place to put your name so your assistants don’t take your stuff.
The handles on the bags are really tough and allow you to use the bags on booms and C-stands.
There are many uses for sand saddle bags here are just a few:
- Keeping people alive – Nothing is more awkward then accidentally killing your talent with a falling light. Get a sandbag on that stand leg!
- Camera support – Can’t get your tripod low enough? Throw a couple sand bags on the ground and you’re done.
- Boom stabilizing – If you are using a long boom arm throw a sand bag on the opposite end of the arm and keep this balanced.