When I first received the plastic half barrels I was pleased with the size of them. However, I was a little disappointed with how thin the plastic was, as I needed to be able to lay one on its side and stand one up for my photo vignette. I solved the problem by using a couple of cans of spray foam on the inside of each barrel to help firm them up. Also, they were a bit shiny for photos, so I repainted them with matte paint to look like wood. I'm very pleased with how they look on camera.