Low cost, high quality DIY Photography laptop case

Back in 2007 Chase Jarvis released a video showing his custom photography laptop case (aka Pimp Your Laptop Case) using a Pelican 1490 and a bit of custom fabrication work. The whole set up was hugely portable and durable, but at over £150 or a couple of hundred bucks in the US, it’s a pretty expensive set up.

Luckily for us who don’t want to drop that much on a Pelican case, I’ve created a solution which is just as good. And it costs less than £30 ($50). All  you need is half an hour and some very basic DIY skills.

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We Are Warwickshire Short Film Series

The We Are Warwickshire microsite is now live: http://www.wearewarwickshire.co.uk

We Are Warwickshire is a short film series shot and directed by myself over the last ten months. What started as a low key, small body of personal work has snowballed and gained the attention of TV and radio, businesses and advertising agencies across the UK and even members of parliament.

I’m blown away by the reception it’s had and have found it to be the most fulfilling project I’ve worked on to date.

Hit the jump for all six films, plus my interviews about the We Are Warwickshire series on BBC Radio and in The Leamington Courier. Continue reading

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Lifestyle test shoot in a chic modern apartment

Indoor young happy modern apartment (18)If you’ve been through my portfolio recently you may have noticed some new lifestyle shots in there. A couple of weeks ago I had a great test shoot with Leanne, Jane, Rachel and Jordan from Alan Sharman agency in Birmingham.

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Crustum Bakery // We Are Warwickshire

Artisan Bakery

Film #3 the We Are Warwickshire series features Crustum Bakery in Kenilworth and the owner Nick.

Installed in to a shop big enough to touch both walls with your outstretched arms, this little artisan bakery is a beautiful place and Nick is the one-man-band behind it. My alarm was set for 3.00am to get there for when Nick starts baking at 4.00am and once I smelled that fresh bread being baked it was all worth while! Continue reading

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Monster Tuning Monster Truck and 8×8 Defender Promo Video

Land Rover Defender TD5 Monster Truck

In the Crimbo Limbo I had a call from Rik at Monster Tuning to ask if I could shoot a last minute promo video for their stand at Autosport in January. He said they had a Land Rover Discovery Monster Truck and an 8-wheel-drive (Yes 8!) Land Rover Defender that they wanted to get muddy for the camera. So the day after boxing day I headed over to deepest darkest Telford to film this little teaser…

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Tech: Lowepro S&F Series shakedown in the woods.

Camera Bag Review

I’ve been one of Lowepro’s “Loweprofessionals” for a while now, which means that every now and again they’ll ask for my opinion on one or two of their products to help with their R&D process. Before I go any further I want to make it clear that I’m not on their payroll and I’m not obliged to give a glowing review of their products. The opinions expressed below are my own, they’re honest and true…disclaimer over.

Hit the jump for the video and my thoughts on the S&F Series.

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The Orangery // We Are Warwickshire

Film #2 in the We Are Warwickshire series features Gabrielle and The Orangery flower shop in Kenilworth.

This little boutique flower shop caught my eye when it opened in the centre of Kenilworth almost three years ago for it’s eclectic mix of ornaments and flowers. Kenilworth isn’t a town renowned for it’s stylish shops so it’s always nice to see businesses like Gabrielle’s bucking the trend.

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Honda Epic Tour Film now online

If you’ve been reading the blog recently you’ll know that I was commissioned by Honda Motorcycles as the director of photography for the short film documenting the Honda Epic Tour.

Well I’m pleased to say that the film is now online and I’m absolutely stoked with how it’s turned out. The editing and post was done by the guys at Kream who did a fantastic job and the final product showcases the sights, sounds, emotions and atmosphere of the tour as vividly as I remember them.

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My new short film series // We Are Warwickshire

Brazen Ink // We Are Warwickshire from Adam Swords on Vimeo.

I’ve been looking for a personal project to sink my teeth in to for a while now and I wanted to shoot something different from bikes and cars. I travel a lot with my work and have the opportunity to shoot in wonderful locations around the world so it seemed fitting in this instance to look closer to home. A few years ago I spoke to David Hobby about his HoCo360 project and loved the idea of giving back to the local community through photography/film. I began looking for interesting independently owned, boutique businesses in the Warwickshire area and realised there would be a lot of opportunity to make some beautiful little films featuring them.

What you see here is #1 in the series titled “We Are Warwickshire”, featuring Brazen Ink Tattoo Parlour in Warwick. Owned by Trey Burnside who is also the tattooist, Brazen Ink is a quirky little parlour on the outskirts of town.

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Just came across this video on Vimeo. Love it.

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