happy2010 wrote in post #16801271
Hmmm... just a thought, unless one is utilizing for lighting, it may have helped you more if perhaps this subject would have been posted under "Accessories". Regardless...
Obviously suitable sizes depends on your applications, style & individuality - I have a complete set of Matthews FULL set (of 4 boxes) and Matthews MINI set (of 4 boxes),http://www.bhphotovideo.com …1&N=4037060737+4291344043
(this link has size/dimensions in both imperial & metric)
but rarely use any of them, and don’t use the Quarter(2”) or Eighth(1”).
For in studio and never on location, I find these the most useful sizes for general use, props & posing:
Full Apple (20"×12"x 8”)
Half Apple (20”×12"x 4”)
Mini Full Apple (10” x 12"x 8”)
Mini Half Apple (10” x 12”x 4”)
You likely are already aware of these nesting ones:http://www.cinemagadgets.com/productdetail/4431
(link indicates dimensions)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF_qgUzTaWw
(1:55 minute video)
but it may give you some guidelines for size, or DIY nesting design.
Everyone has their own solutions,
if I need a raiser, to prop a person up by a few inches, or put something under a person’s foot to give them a more natural /relaxed pose, another DIY option: I find just a piece of say 12” circular or square styrofoam covered in black fabric works great! (which you can obtain from a craft or hardware store). Effective, still professional-looking and much much less weight than heavy apple boxes.
Also for posing, rather than apple boxes, I find usefulIn Studio
these lighter weight and nesting Lastolite Posing Tubs:http://www.bhphotovideo.com …g_Tubs_with_Cushions.htmlhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WMubPGM5tA
(12:57 minute product video)
I choked at the price, even numerous years ago when I bought them (which at that time it was a set of 7 tubs), but I truly find them one of the most valuable/useful items for my studio!!On Location
Clear dry-cleaning bags (compact; placed under subject, protects subject's garmets including white wedding dresses/bridal party) with creative use of sites existing surfaces, contours or topography.
A small step-ladder, such as2 ft/3-Step Werner
(this is the one I use for location posing since good function/weight trade-off):http://www.homedepot.com …uty-Rating-150B/100658398
(Wt: 5.5 lbs; light-weight, inexpensive)2 ft/2-Step Little Giant
(just fold or remove the top handle):http://www.homedepot.com …-Rating-10210BA/100430062
(Wt: 15.4 lbs; very sturdy, nice wide steps, but a bit heavy).3ft/3-Step Little Giant
(just fold or remove the top handle):http://www.homedepot.com …-Rating-10310BA/100430063
(Wt: 21.4 lbs; very sturdy, nice wide steps, but heavy)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAL03CXxhpk
(see 56:05 minute point of this 1:11:49 minute B&H/Andy Marcus video)
with a colored cloth, (I use a black cloth), over it to use for an individual, couple, or say a bride, bride/groom, or as a base of the pyramid for a small group say up to 5-7 people. Again, you may find lighter than apple boxes, to carry on-location. (It also is helpful for me to stand on sometimes when shooting, as I am only petite 5ft 2in).
I know you inquired about Apple Boxes - I was just doing a paradigm shift/"out-of-box" (pun intented) thinking with you. Maybe something to think about. Hope it helps, good luck.
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