Whether you're a professional photographer or a passionate amateur, you want to keep your camera gear safe when you're on the go. A hard case is the best way to protect your investment during travel or outside, but you can also customize it to make it your own.
Why You Should Custom a Camera Hard Cases?
It ensures that your camera fits snugly inside the case and is protected from all sides. When you’re customizing a camera hard case for your camera, you can choose the exact size and shape that you need.
Things Needed for Custom a Hard Cases
- Colored toothpicks
- Box cutter/ Xacto knife
- Pelican Case
- Pluck foam insert
1. Decide What You Will Store
The first step is to decide what will be stored in your camera hard case. This will help you determine the size and type of case you need.
2. Lay Out Your Gear
Now that you know what you need to store, it's time to lay out your gear. This will help you determine the best way to arrange everything in your case.
Make sure to leave enough space for cables and other accessories and that the top parts don't protrude too far, which could damage the gear when it hits the lid.
3. Use the Toothpicks
Once you've determined the best way to lay out your gear, use the colored toothpicks to stake out the edges of your cameras, lenses, and other gear.It will help you visualize the final arrangement and make sure everything fits where you want it to.
This is to be done one at a time to allow for extra space just in case something needs to be moved later on.
4. Cut the Foam
Starting from the corner where you placed your first toothpick, slowly pluck the foam in the first layer. In case it's not perforated enough, use the box cutter or Xacto knife to make clean cuts.
However, don't use this primarily to make cuts to avoid cutting crooked. A waterproof camera hard case will have a watertight seal that goes around the case. Be sure not to damage it.
5. Measure and Make Necessary Adjustments
Now it's time to try fitting your gear in the case. If everything seems a bit tight, go back and make the necessary adjustments before advancing to the other layers.
You can always pluck out more foam if needed. Just be careful not to make the holes too big, or you'll have to start over.
6. Pluck the Other Layers
Once you're happy with the fit, continue plucking the foam in the other layers until you reach the final layer. Again, use the box cutter or Xacto knife to make any necessary cuts.
7. Test It Out
Before you close up the case, it's always a good idea to test it out. Make sure everything fits snugly and that there's no movement. You don't want your gear bouncing inside the camera hard case.
8. Pitfalls and Solutions
During this process, you might run into a few problems. Here are some common pitfalls and solutions.
9. Foam Is Too Thick and Won't Cut Easily.
If the foam is too thick and won't pluck out easily, you can use the box cutter or Xacto knife to make clean cuts. Just be careful not to cut too deeply and make the holes too big, or you'll have to start over.
10. Accidentally Plucked Out Too Much Foam
If you accidentally plucked out too much foam, you can fix it using several methods.
11. Push the Foam Back In
If the foam piece is small enough, you can try pushing it back into place. Use something like a chopstick or pen to gently push the foam back into the hole.
12. Use Foam Safe Glue to Reattach the Piece
If the foam piece is too large or the hole is too big, you can use foam-safe glue to reattach the piece. Be sure to use glue that’s safe for foam and follow the manufacturer's instructions.
A good example of glue is Loctite 1360694 Vinyl Fab Plastic Adhesive, Single, Multicolor.
13. Rearrange the Foam Layers
If the hole is too big or the foam piece is too large, you can try rearranging the foam layers. This might mean taking out the layer above and moving it down or taking out the layer below and moving it up.
The bottom-most layer can be distorted and still provide good protection for your gear. Once you have rearranged the layers, work on fitting the gear back in and plucking out the foam again for a snug fit.
This is a great way to fix this as long as you're careful not to damage the gear in the process again. You technically can only make a maximum of 2 mistakes for a 3 layer case. After this, you will need to use glue.
14. Unusual Shapes
If you have gear with unusual shapes, you can still use the Pick n' Pluck method, but it might take a little more work. First, determine the best way to layout the gear.
This can be either horizontally or vertically. Let's use a microphone as an example of an unusual shape because of the difference in size between the bottom and top parts.
For this example, we'll layout the microphone vertically. Once you've determined the best way to lay out your gear, use the colored toothpicks to stake out the edges of your microphone.
This will help you visualize the final arrangement and make sure everything fits the way you want it to. Keep in mind that different layers will have different widths, so you might have to pluck out more foam in one layer than another to get the desired fit.
The bottom layer should be narrow to properly hold the bottom part of the microphone, while the top layer should be wider to accommodate the larger top part.
The middle layer should be the same size as the bottom layer. As always, test the fit before you close up the case.
Make sure everything fits snugly and that there's no movement. You don't want your gear bouncing around inside the case.
Now that you've customized your camera hard case, it's time to close it up and enjoy your travel with it. Your gear will be well protected and ready to go wherever you want to move with it.
Now that you know how to customize your camera case, you can protect your gear and have it ready to go whenever you need it. This is an excellent way to keep your gear safe and make sure it's always ready to use.
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