Making Homemade Gizmos For Fun - Inexpensive And Rewarding Projects

Written by Alan Detwiler

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Choose a book that has these features. Most casual do-it-yourselfers will haverepparttar needed items aroundrepparttar 116086 house and/or garage. Only low cost and no cost materials are needed. Most items are made from small pieces of wooden boards, coat hanger wire, paper, used containers, and discarded household items or low cost items found in hardware stores. There are no kits to buy. The projects require common tools such as a scissors, hacksaw, screwdriver, pliers, knife, file or drill.

Books are available on a wide variety of projects. Books can be choosen that deal mostly with items that are mechanically interesting, clever or useful. The items may be toys or playthings. They may be simple mechanical curiosities, appealing because of their shape or structure.

Building homemade items is fun forrepparttar 116087 tinkerer who enjoys improvised devices. It is fun for anyone who wants to haverepparttar 116088 ingenuity to userepparttar 116089 tools and materials that happen to be available. Building homemade items lets you enjoy mechanical devices and therefore more enjoyrepparttar 116090 world around you.

Alan Detwiler is the author of the ebook "Clever Construction: Use What You Have To Make Cool And Useful Gadgets And Fun Gizmos" available at He has a web site about homemade items at

Take Spectacular Nighttime Photos with your Digital Camera - Part I

Written by Andrew Malek

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* Plan your photos before you shoot! While it is always a good idea to study an area first, this is crucial if you are planning on snapping photographs around dusk! You will not have much time to plan, and if you spend five or ten minutes just getting a perfect angle or framingrepparttar perfect shot,repparttar 116085 overall lighting will change asrepparttar 116086 sun slowly sets. And of course, remember when composing your photos thatrepparttar 116087 sun sets inrepparttar 116088 west.

* Be prepared forrepparttar 116089 environment. If you're heading out by yourself, especially in a semi-deserted wilderness area, always carry a map so you remember how to get to your home, camp, or hotel. Checkrepparttar 116090 weather before you go and wear a poncho or coat if necessary. Carry a flashlight, or, inrepparttar 116091 most extreme environments, a flare, to help others find you if you become lost. Also, bring along a WELL-CHARGED cell phone in case of emergency! You're taking photos at night to have fun and create spectacular results. Be prepared for unexpected situations so they don't ruin your experience.

Whilerepparttar 116092 results can be outstanding, night photography presents its own unique benefits and hazards. Not just any digital camera will do; lower-end models may not haverepparttar 116093 capability of taking spectacular shots. Timing is crucial, especially when taking pictures inrepparttar 116094 brief time between dusk and total darkness. And,repparttar 116095 environment and weather can play havoc with your plans. By purchasingrepparttar 116096 correct equipment, studyingrepparttar 116097 subject area before nighttime falls, and dealing with unexpected situations withrepparttar 116098 correct nighttime gear, you can be better prepared to take amazing nighttime photos.

Copyright 2004 Andrew Malek.

Andrew Malek is the owner of the MalekTips computer and technology help site at Visit his digital camera page at for more digital photography advice.

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