What’s it like to work in photojournalism?

Ever wonder what it would be like to work in photojournalism? Capturing photos to tell a news story is something that sounds interesting to many, but only some pursue it as a career. It can be tough and competitive, but well worth it for those that love photography. We did a Q&A with CBS News Photojournalist, Jake Barlow. See what he had to say about being a photojournalist for a news division of a major broadcast television network: 1. What’s it like to be a photojournalist and producer for CBS? Producing and shooting stories for CBS is the coolest gig [...]

October 25th, 2016|

Ikan Adds Blitz 400 Wireless Transmitter Video System

We are excited to announce the addition of the Blitz 400 wireless transmitter and receiver system to our line of products. The Blitz 400 is a wireless uncompressed zero delay HD video system that has a 400 foot range. Made out of durable machined aluminum, the Blitz 400 is an easy-to-use lightweight system that offers a reliable connection which is less susceptible to interference. The transmitter comes with accessories so that you can easily mount it to a camera’s shoe mount, rig, or tripod leg. The Blitz 400 system delivers 100 feet more range and is about $1,000 less than its [...]

October 20th, 2016|

Learning Advanced Skills in Cinematography

“You’re not a DP until you have been fired.” That was a common thing that Bryan Raymond, the Sales Director at Ikan, heard at the ASC Master Class he attended in Los Angeles, California. (For those new to the film industry, DP stands for Director of Photography.) What’s the ASC Master Class? It’s an intensive five day seminar taught in LA by some of the best cinematographers in the world and it is hosted by the ASC (The American Society of Cinematographers). The seminar is designed for cinematographers with an intermediate-to-advanced skill set and includes hands-on demos of lighting and [...]

October 18th, 2016|

Jeff Berlin – How a Tilta Camera Cage is like Flying

This is a guest post by Jeff Berlin, a Los Angeles based photographer and cinematographer. He is a Sony Artisan and an experienced aviator.  A few years ago, I was flying an airplane called a Cirrus SR22 from Los Angeles to Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras for a project. If you’re unfamiliar with this airplane, I’ve found the best way to describe it to non-pilots is to ask them to picture a 3-Series BMW but with wings. The SR22 is the best-selling single-engine piston aircraft in the world, and rightly so. And it’s a lot of fun to fly. On this [...]

October 13th, 2016|

Ikan in the Ministry: Video Equipment for Churches

When you think of video equipment and lighting, the first thing that usually comes to mind is a movie set. However, there are many places other than a movie set that rely on good video equipment. One place that depends on great audio and video equipment is a church. What kind of production equipment does Ikan offer to help make a church’s TV ministry look even better than ever? DMX Lighting Assuming that the church already has cameras, another important thing to have is DMX lighting. For a church, lighting can make a big difference in conveying different themes, emotions, [...]

October 11th, 2016|

Filming With Gimbals in Los Angeles – DS1 Beholder

With gimbals and Steadicams, there’s no excuse to have shaky video footage now unless cinematographers are going for that shaky cam effect. Not familiar with what a gimbal stabilizer is or what gimbals are? Well, handheld 3-axis gimbals are used in stabilization systems that are designed to give the camera operator the independence of handheld shooting without camera vibration or shake. Basically, you can use gimbals with a DSLR camera, mirrorless camera, or a smartphone to shoot stable and smooth videos. Ikan offers a full line of handheld gimbals for DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, smartphones, or GoPro cameras. In addition, we [...]

October 6th, 2016|