I am an avid photographer and in the last year I've started doing some work on the side. I photograph an occasional wedding, some family portraits, and a variety of other things. I have a number of cases, but I'm out growing most of them. I use them all at various times, but I need a system that I can haul a substantial amount of gear to a location.
Pelican cases would be awesome. But they're expensive. And the inserts for them aren't cheap either. I will probably invest in a case or two in the future, but for now I would prefer something with more character. A friend that I work with has a rolling camera bag - kinda like a medium sized suitcase.
I had already picked up a small samsonite type suitcase at the local thrift store for maybe a dollar. I've been using that to store a couple of backgrounds. So, I thought it'd be cool to find another suitcase or two and convert them into my desired suitcases.
I found three in different sizes for a total of 14. None of them have keys included, but samsonite has spare keys available.
I'm starting with the smallest case. I picked green for the paint color because I found some sage green polyester fabric on sale in the remnants bin at Hobby Lobby. And the first hard case that I acquire is also green.
I just used spray paint: primer, a couple base coats and then a clear top coat. I hope that it holds up. The interior is going to take me awhile. I have a high temp hot glue gun, hopefully that'll hold. I'm not sure what the best way to attach fabric to the case will be.
I'm open to suggestions. I've already ripped the existing material out. There is a bit of stuffing left over that is clinging to the shell.