13 10, 2016

Jeff Berlin – How a Tilta Camera Cage is like Flying

October 13th, 2016|

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 [...]

11 10, 2016

Ikan in the Ministry: Video Equipment for Churches

October 11th, 2016|

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, [...]

15 09, 2016

Want To Go Behind The Scenes of Sports Broadcasting?

September 15th, 2016|

The official start of the fall season is just around the corner. You know what that means: cooler weather, sweaters, football, and for some, pumpkin spice everything. One thing that many Houstonians and Texans in general are excited about is football. This football season is extra special because Houston will be hosting Super Bowl LI, the championship game of the NFL. Hosting such a huge sports event takes a ton of hard work and people working around the clock. Camera operators, cable wranglers, sportscasters, sports producers, and more have to make sure that they are doing their jobs well. In [...]

1 09, 2016

How Does The PD Movie Wireless Follow Focus Work?

September 1st, 2016|

When you’re shooting a scene, it’s always nice to have a wireless follow focus so that you can easily adjust the lens without constantly having to stand right next to the camera. Trying to understand how a wireless follow focus works? Find out in this blog post. Follow Focus – A Brief Overview When you need to film something or take a photo, a camera is the most essential thing you’ll need. There are three important things to know about a camera lens: Your lens can be adjusted in 3 different ways (Focus, Iris, Zoom). The Focus will slide your [...]

25 08, 2016

All You Need To Know About NiSi Cinema Filters

August 25th, 2016|

When it comes to traditional elements of cinematography, getting great footage is extremely valuable. You can go back in post-production and try to fix some things, but trying to replicate a filter can be a hassle. Filters come in handy because they control the amount of light that goes into a camera. Using a great cinema filter can really help a director of photography or cinematographer. An international company that creates high end cinema filters is NiSi. We are partnering with NiSi to distribute their line of high quality cinema filters and will be the exclusive dealer for North and [...]

18 08, 2016

What Teleprompter Should I Get?

August 18th, 2016|

Well, it depends on what you’ll be using it for and where you’ll use it. It’s helpful to have a script displayed on a teleprompter. Knowing the right words to say can sometimes be hard. It can even be more nerve-racking when you’re on national TV. For example, Fox News Host, Megyn Kelly got tripped up during her show due to a teleprompter glitch. Sometimes, things just happen that you can’t control. One thing is for sure: you want to have a teleprompter that works and is reliable. So, what are the best teleprompters from Ikan to use when you’re [...]