in our Tip of the Week section, you’ll find new and creative uses for ikan products as well as pointers from experienced industry pros

15 11, 2016

12 Tips for Taking Awesome Holiday Family Photos

November 15th, 2016|

It’s that time of year – the weather is starting to get a bit cooler, stores are decked out with holiday decorations, and family gatherings are approaching. With families coming together from near and far, many will attempt the annual dreaded family photo. While it can be frustrating, we have some tips to help you take better photos and survive this holiday season. (Note: These tips can also apply to general group photos) Planning the Image 1. Notify everyone of group photo – Before everyone meets up for the holidays, make sure to let everyone know that you’re taking photos [...]

23 01, 2013

It’s All About Chemistry

January 23rd, 2013|

Battery Chemistry is important. Beyond the increasing amount of data and studies saying which type of battery lasts for X dation and has y life-cycle, why should you check that your batteries and respective chargers are compatible? Why check that your charger is optimized for the battery? This may sound like an obvious point but without knowing the chemistry of your battery and how it works, you may reap undesired consequences. For example, the batteries ikan carries (both DV and professional battery packs) are Lithium-Ion based batteries. Incorrect charging or discharging of these batteries is a fire hazard and should [...]

22 12, 2011

Camera & Studio LED Lux & Kelvin Tests

December 22nd, 2011|

For those of you who've been interested (or dogged us) for Kelvin rating and luminosity output for our Studio LED lights--the ID400, ID500, ID1000, Multi-K XL--and haven't been able to get the answers you need from our product videos, I've updated some detailed charts for you. We recently collated our in-house testing data for your education and disclosure (in case you thought we were hiding something ;) We also ran the gamut with our On-Camera LED lights, to make sure all bases are covered. I share this information with you for a few specific reasons. For any confusion about flourescent-to-LED [...]

29 11, 2011

Tip of the Week Returns

November 29th, 2011|

Missed your ikan tip of the week at all? I actually did. I believe it's still a great creative outlet for applying ikan gear in various, effective ways, considering the innumerable configurations available to you via the ELEMENTS line, esp with the EV2 series now available. This week, I'm going to don this product the "Universal Rim Light"--not because it shines on the entire universe (though it's darn bright)--but because it's so light (couldn't help it) you can clamp it securely to nearly any platform or medium. With the spot or flood option, you can get a focused rim light [...]

1 06, 2011

Tip of the Week: Build A Lighting Kit

June 1st, 2011|

ID-1000's in service on-set. As promised last week, I am serving up a few more BTS pictures of the music video shoot from the third week of May.  And as with last week's tip of the week, this one centers on some of the gear we used for the shoot. Now, I am sure that there are a great many folks who will read this article and will feel that tungsten lamps or HMI should be a go-to choice rather than LED.  And in some cases, I would tend to agree. However, having both tungsten and HMI instruments [...]

19 05, 2011

Tip of the Week: The ILED-144 On Set

May 19th, 2011|

This week, country came home for me when I DP'ed the first music video for a new country singer, Neil Austin Imber. Today we wrapped shooting after a very brief two day shoot that incorporated a 'General Lee' replica (remade as a souped up big-wheeler), a brief stop at the Firehouse Saloon in Houston, TX and a leisurely stay in LaGrange, TX. It was a smaller production, with a crew of 5, so staying lightweight and affordable in the gear we carried was high on the priority list.  For instance, the largest lighting unit we went in with was an [...]