DIY Projects

By Miki Tiki Mike | Tips, tutorials, inspiration and articles mostly about photography but also DIY and woodworking

How to Make a Cornhole Game | The Art of Manliness

Variations of the game of cornhole — in which players attempt to pitch bean bags through the hole of a raised platform — date back to the 19th …

How to Make a Longboard // Scrap Project // DIY Project // Beginner Woodworking Project

Making the Miki-Tiki Leaning Bar, Part 1: The Support Structure - Miki-Tiki

The support structure for my leaning bar railings is a little more robust than typical railings<p>Part of the support design of any above-ground …

DIY - Making the Miki Tiki Leaning Bar Top

The finished bar top, with surfboard-inspired paint stripe<p>Now that the support structure is in place for my leaning bar railings (see part 1 here), I …

Tablet Case & Stand for your iPad

This was a project I knocked out on a cloudy Saturday. There were some leftover wood scraps from a pallet I had used on another project, a small bit …

Miki Tiki Surfboard Bottle Opener

This <b>Surfboard Bottle Opener</b> project is a fun, fast and easy project that can be knocked out in just a few hours. Most of that time is spent waiting …

DIY 6-Pack Carrier

This 6-pack carrier project uses a total of 6 pieces of re-purposed wood, 8 joist nails, 8 brads, and a single bottle opener. That makes it a simple …

Simple DIY Barstool

Putting together this barstool was a simple DIY project I did in just one afternoon. I made it to place in front of my Miki Tiki leaning bars (<i>check</i> …

Woodworking

Preparing Pallets for Projects

Preparing recovered pallet slats for future projects<p><b>Pallet Projects:</b> How to determine what kind of pallets to use, and how to dismantle them, …

Woodworking

DIY Modern Tabletop Christmas Trees

Christmas decorations don’t need to be elaborate, fancy, or expensive to bring a decided festive feeling into your home. These modern DIY tabletop …

10 Things This Beginner Learned About Landscape Photography

I’m photographer Joe Hendricks, and in this post I’ll share some things I learned from trying to get into landscape photography.<p>1. Just go for it<p>For …

Landscape Photography

Master the art of HDR Processing in Lightroom CC | Jason P. Odell Photography

The newest version of Lightroom, called Lightroom CC (released May 2015), now offers photographers the ability to merge images to HDR. Until now, if …

7 Creative Photography Tricks to Achieve Amazing Results

Whether you’re a beginner in photography or pursue it as a hobby, we're pretty sure you’re always eager to learn some interesting tricks that will …

A Beginners Guide to Light Modifiers

Regardless of the light source you use (daylight, continuous or flash) it’s really easy to use light modifiers or shapers to train the light in any …

Photography Tutorials

9 Photo Composition Tips, As Seen in Photographs by Steve McCurry

<b>Rule of Thirds</b>: Place points of interest on the intersections and important elements along the lines<p><b>Leading Lines</b>: Use natural lines to lead eyes …

Make a Pocket Portfolio for a Way to Stand Out When Out and About

As a photographer, I’m constantly striving for new ways to stand out. While considering that some of the greatest opportunities to create a lasting …

Pro-Tip: Make Cool Hazy/Light Leak/Mystical Photos With A Sandwich Baggie And A Colored Marker

Photographer Jesse David Mcgrady shares an awesome tip for creating hazy and mystical photos in camera using a simple ingredient you probably have …

Make Your Own Bokeh Effects Filter for a DSLR

Draw a circular template wide enough to fit over the front of your lens. An easy way to do this is lie the lens — lens-side down and with lenscap on …

Tips for Maintaining Creativity as a Photographer

As photographers it is pretty much in our job description to produce creative and inspiring work. If your income is based around photography then you …

Creativity

Tips for Creating a Professional Photography Portfolio

People love great pictures, and you can make a lot of money if you’re a great photographer. Although, for this to be the case, you need to first …

How a Polarizer Filter Works

A polarizing filter is probably the most useful filter you can use with your camera. It removes polarized light from the image, thus reducing …

Three Filters Every Landscape Photographer Should Always Carry and Why

Shooting landscapes is obviously all about the location, however another major factor that plays into the overall photo is the light, time of day and …

365 Day Photography Project Ideas

We all want to improve our photography and create those great images seen the travel and natural history books and magazines. Yet, one of the things …

10 Photography Resolutions for the New Year

I love New Year’s. Halloween, Christmas and National Cat Day (obviously) are high on my list too, but New Year’s holds a special weight for me. It’s …

PrintSnap Wants to Bring Back the Instant Picture Using Dirt Cheap Receipt Paper

Instant photos are fun and were at one time super popular, but they aren’t exactly cheap. Shooting with new Impossible Project film costs about $3 …

6 Easy DIY Photography Gifts for Last Minute Shoppers

The holidays are upon us, and I don’t know about you, but some of us scatterbrained artist-types are pretty last-minute shoppers. If you’re in that …

It's Anything But A Normal Lens

Right off the bat I have to clear up a misunderstanding some have to what a 50mm ‘standard’ lens actually is. Throughout my teaching career I’ve …

DIY Pop-Up Photos

Extra photos for bloggers: 1, 2, 3<p>Flat pack, flat hair, flat soda. Flat out yuck.<p>Nothing good ever comes with just one level so it’s time for your …

10 Mobile Photography Tips to Better Mobile Photos

Tip 01<p>Look for Leading Lines<p>With Pei Ketron<p>Pei's Advice:<p>When composing, look for lines (literal or figurative) that will provide a sense of movement …