26 10, 2012

Finding Traction: Feature Documentary

October 26th, 2012|

Danny Schmidt is an award winning shooter who  has worked with the National Science Foundation, PBS, NatGeo, and Christi Kuhn of the TRUST Foundation under ColorBurn Productions. Danny has also covered a wide array of social ecological issues, some of which can be seen by visiting his Vimeo channel. He shot the film on an FS100 in extreme and low light conditions using a shoulder rig, steadicam and a variety of ikan on-camera lights. Finding Traction is scheduled to air on Montana and Vermont PBS stations in mid 2013.  It’s August 14 at 10pm and we are standing at the intersection of [...]

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 [...]

14 12, 2011

Chris Cloyd’s “Lady Madonna Project”

December 14th, 2011|

  Some months ago the ikan brand had a chance to travel to Nigeria, with Anna Schwaber and Director Chris Cloyd for his documentary entitled the "Lady Madonna Project," for the Western African Development Support Organization (WADSO). Initally, Anna piqued my interest by sending this, written by Chris: "We will be filming a documentary piece on the dedication of the Madonna Hospital that WADSO helped fund and complete. The story will explore the culture and the problems facing the town of Umuahia particularly in healthcare or the lack thereof while also staying with the Bishop of the Diocese. Working so [...]

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 [...]

29 03, 2011

What You Need To Know About the ID500

March 29th, 2011|

We've released a decent number of products in the last month, it's true. Yet more than ever, I've noted,  people are discussing our ID500 3 light kit on forum boards. Some things need to be set straight. Though our light looks tremendously like the onens on ebay: you'll be sorely mistaken when you open up the insides of this LED Light. Why? Ikan's ID500 has completely different innards and electronic components driving the system, making it more robust and durable. Also, these reasons. Don't be so easily fooled. There are a  number of review videos of ikan's ID500 (Gratis 7, System5 [...]

15 03, 2011

Cinemáge Acquired, On-camera LED Lux Ratings & More

March 15th, 2011|

There's much to cover today! If you've ever whipped out your light meter to test your on-camera ikan light, executed the strong test from 3, 6, and 10 ft, then I give you some kudos. But, if you're still shopping and need a breakdown for your color temperatures or trying to get some variety in your shots, this chart might help you see things more clearly (yeah I said it): All current model on-camera lights from ikan. Bulbs mentioned under "iLED1" are compared against store-bought off-the-shelf bulbs MR16 For simplicity's sake, lights mentioned above can be found at their corresponding [...]