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Featuring photo and video work by Kirsten Stanley for the adventurous and fun-loving

181, meet YEG. YEG, meet 181.

Two months ago, we drove five thousand kilometres to Edmonton, Alberta. Since then, we have been settling into, and doing our best to familiarize ourselves with, the new city. I am by no means a "city person". I am much more comfortable outside, surrounded by fresh air, trees and water ... and some birds and squirrels ... and the occasional deer. That being said, first impressions are good and I am enjoying Edmonton. We moved as close to the ravine as we could so we have easy access to the fantastic River Valley trails! I am proud to say I have yet to run into a coyote or bear, nor have I seen any. Apparently they are everywhere but I am oblivious.

YEG on my Phone

As far as 181º is concerned, it has been driving over some speed bumps.

A [new] full time job + city traffic + moving + [attempting to] be healthy + [attempting to] have a life = The disappearance of time.

In other words, I am now doing what everyone else has been doing. It's just taking me a bit to catch up with the rest of these city people.

Thank you so much to my final two couples of 2014 for their incredible patience! 

Thank You from 181

Moving forward, I predict a higher productivity level as I get into the swing of things.

Is 181º still available for hire? Of course! My availability may be limited but I don't want to shut things down completely. Message me if you want photos, film, etc, in Edmonton [and surrounding areas].  Oh, and, I am always looking for an excuse to visit NB. ;)

2014 was incredible. It was full of adventure, awesome people, small moments and a big move.

Thank you to all of my clients. You helped make 2014 one of the best years yet!

I welcome 2015 with open arms and an open mind! Happy New Year :)

Happy New Year from 181

Handy Tutorial Sites for Filmmakers

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Today's blog: Tips and Links to Tutorials This is the first of (hopefully) many more "tips & tricks" based blog entries.   There are so many blogs out there that have helped me a great deal and I would like to start contributing in my own way.

I have always been honest in saying that I've never really enjoyed school. I like learning and meeting people and making connections yet I always felt very restricted by school and the student status. You would think that after 17 years of school, I would say "no more!".. Well I said "No More!" but I have come to realize that I definitely did not follow suit. You know what? I am okay with that. The industry that I am working in now does not allow one to sit back and say "I've learned enough now." If you do that, you fall behind and you fall behind fast.

Since graduating in May, I have watched more tutorials, read more blogs and flipped through more websites than I would like to admit. Even the most basic of videos can teach me something or remind me of something that I had learned once and forgotten. With social media and today's online database, there are so many different sites and ways to learn about close to anything. This is amazing but it is also very confusing and problematic since not all the information is quality.

Here are a few tips for picking out the good stuff:

1. Check the date of the blog/tutorial/etc first! A solution from 2006 may not work with your software in 2012. 

2. Along with checking the date, check the software/program version! Newer versions don't always have the same features as older ones and vice versa.

3. Flip through the video/text quickly for the end result before sitting through the whole video. This is kind of a weird tip because it won't work in all cases but if you are crunched for time and looking for a specific solution, make sure that the 10,20 or 30 minute tutorial you are about to watch is the most effective use of your time!

There are a few people/blogs/sites that I tend to visit more often than others and I would like to share them with you.

1. oliviatech.com

2. cheesycam.com

3.philipbloom.net

These are the main 3 I tend to visit, both by choice and by accident. They all have great tips and some tutorials. Plus, they all do some great reviews on lots of different camera, lighting and audio equipment so you should definitely check them out!