Category Archives: DIY

what does it take to publish a photo book?

I’ve always wondered this, Its one of my short term goals to publish a Coffee table style photo book, I have been thinking about photos of Detroit, maybe its over played, but it seems like everyone loves photos of that city, and I like to have the opportunity to shed a different “hopeful” light through my photos, not just the “decay” of a once  prosperous city. I really need to start on this project considering the city is an always changing project, If anyone has any input on publising a Photo book, or an idea on some sort of “book/buisness plan” I would be so grateful if you would share!

I found this short collection of Detroit photos, I’d love to share photos like this, but also photo of the city, and its people, and how friendly it can be.. People tend to have a nasty stigma, that unfortunately some people that live in the area profit on, by “Dirty Detroit” T shirts, bags, ect.


Pattern for my DSLR bag

I threw this pattern together in Adobe illustrator! I’ve been collecting more camera gear over the years, and am at my wits end trying to tote all of it around in several smaller camera bags, and lets face it, they’re ugly! So my goal is to create a DSLR bag to grow into, and still be stylish! I spent the a few minutes coming up with a rough pattern, and going through my fabric bin to see what materials I had to create! these are the colors and a rough design of what I hope to come up with.  Most of it is salvaged from thrift stores, and old clothing. I hope to start sewing it tomorrow, and have it done by friday, I’ll be sure to post photos when I have a finished product.

Upcycled Tube Scarf, Pea soup.

Upcycled Tube scarf I created from an old thrifted T-shirt. It’s a wonderful color, and looks great with a shirt, and jeans! You can purchase this scarf, along with other Handcrafted items at my etsy!

My take on a vintage apron.

I found this material on clearance for 2 bones a yard, and I could only  think  “apron” when I saw it.  I did not use a pattern, just fit it to my body, and added some darts, and rouching around the bust. I think its great, and the eyelet border was fun to play with! I’m working on getting my sewing more precise, and quicker. I would love some feedback on this one!

Day of the dead.

Just some of the Photos I took from our impromptu Day of the dead photo session!

I’d Love to do this again with more props, costumes, and a makeup artist instead of my unsteady hand, and dollar store makeup.



Lighting bugs

Part of a Valentines day card I’m making, Drew in illustrator, painted in photoshop 🙂

I’m just teaching myself how to paint in photoshop, I cannot wait to see how I grow, and get better over time!

Flickr Bingo, starts March first!

Make your card today! the game starts March first! The prize is a 2 year Flickr Pro account! but the real great part

is you get to challenge yourself, and do new things!


B1 – Focal Length Compare and Contrast
B2 – Aperture Compare and Contrast
B3 – Underexpose Background by 3 stops (daylight)
B4 – Found Faces
B5 – TTV (faux TTV if you must)
B6 – One shot to nail it – NO post processing!
B7 – warp zoom
B8 – motion pan
B9 – Composite photography – Multi shot puzzle
B10 – RAW White Balance Adjustment Artistic Diptych\Triptych
B11 – Demonstrate Inverse Square Law for Lights
B12 – Food Advertisement shot
B13 – Out of Bounds
B14 – Public Transport Portrait
B15 – Magazine Cover
I16 – Inspired by XKCD
I17 – When Velociraptors Attack
I18 – Mock Book Cover
I19 – HDR with human subject
I20 – Timelapse
I21 – Bulb exposure
I22 – All Access Pass (paparazzi)
I23 – (DE)Motivational Poster
I24 – Make your own filter
I25 – Rear Curtain Flash
I26 – Intentional Artistic Blur
I27 – See through computer desktop
I28 – Light Painting
I29 – Mock Band Promo Pick
I30 – Clones
N31 – Album Cover Head Shot
N32 – Selective coloring
N33 – Awkward Perspective
N34 – Shaped Bokeh
N35 – Strobe Portrait of a stranger
N36 – A study of geometric shapes
N37 – Architecture shot
N38 – Fake Tilt Shift
N39 – Make your own texture and use it!
N40 – Panorama
N41 – High Key
N42 – Low Key
N43 – Macro Shot
N44 – Floating Body Shot
N45 – The Story is in the shadows
G46 – Iconic Movie Scene Recreation
G47 – Annoying Orange meets …. (Fruit or Veggie People)
G48 – Inception/Matrix
G49 – Andy Warhol
G50 – Rainbow
G51 – Alphabet
G52 -Inspired by literature
G53 – Inspired by Music
G54 – Tourist in your hometown
G55 – Negative Space
G56 – Color Replacement
G57 – Travel to somewhere you’ve never been
G58 – Surreal
G59 – Fill the frame
G60 – Hobby
O61 – Photo Bomb
O62 – 70’s portrait with inset silhouette
O63 – Shadow does not match subject
O64 – Double Exposure
O65 – Black and White
O66 – Anime Self Portrait Warp
O67 – Origami
O68 – Speed
O69 – Vanishing Points
O70 – Pick your own Photoshop Tutorial and DO IT!
O71 – Reflections
O72 – Giants
O73 – Children’s book
O74 – I SPY remake
O75 – Cemeteries

Top secret project I’m working on!

my first attempt to paint in photoshop!

I illustrated by pencil and ink, then scanned it into photoshop!