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 [...]

6 10, 2016

Filming With Gimbals in Los Angeles – DS1 Beholder

October 6th, 2016|

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 [...]

27 09, 2016

IBC 2016: Gimbals, Light Panels, and More

September 27th, 2016|

Earlier this month, we packed our bags and traveled to Amsterdam for IBC 2016, an annual conference for the electronic media and entertainment industry. This year, we had a team of four attend and work the Ikan booth. After about a 9 hour flight from Houston to Amsterdam, we arrived jetlagged, but ready to set up the booth and check out the city. Ikan Booth at IBC We had a booth in Hall 12 at IBC where we showed off some of our latest products including our line of gimbal stabilizers, our Lyra and Rayden LED lights, teleprompters, NiSi cinema filters, [...]

20 09, 2016

Ikan Releases Latest Gimbal Stabilizer EC1

September 20th, 2016|

We are excited to be releasing our latest gimbal stabilizer, the EC1, which is an improved version of the DS1 and now has even more features. It has a redesigned quick release baseplate system, which makes it easier and faster to balance. Also, the EC1 is compatible with DSLR and mirrorless cameras up to 4.5 pounds and now features new 360 degree motors. Four Different Operating Modes The EC1 has four different operating modes: the lock mode and three different follow modes. When in the lock mode, the camera doesn’t move and will stay in its position no matter how [...]

13 09, 2016

What Did Guy Kawasaki Think About Our Gimbals?

September 13th, 2016|

If you’re from the marketing world or if you’re a fan of Apple, you’ve probably heard of Guy Kawasaki. For those not familiar with Guy, he is most well-known for being one of the Apple employees who was originally responsible for marketing the Macintosh computer line in 1984. His work helped popularize evangelism marketing and technology evangelism. In fact, he was the chief evangelist of Apple. Guy Kawasaki is currently the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool and is on the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation. To add to his already impressive credentials, he is [...]

16 08, 2016

5 Pieces of Video Equipment YouTube Stars Need

August 16th, 2016|

Did you know that the first YouTube video was uploaded by YouTube Co-founder Jawed Karim, documenting his trip to the zoo? His video, ‘Me at the Zoo’, was only 18 seconds long. Fast forward now to the present day and you have videos that are 15 minutes or longer once you’ve verified your account. We’ve come a long way since the early days of YouTube. Now, there’s a whole community of YouTube stars and even conferences such as VidCon that celebrate online video. People are getting discovered on YouTube and getting placed into stardom. One famous YouTube star, PewDiePie, expressed [...]