15 Support and Grip Devices for Smartphones + Tablets

Despite the fact smartphones and tablets were designed first and foremost to be used as handheld devices, unless you’re taking pictures under bright sunny skies, you should mount your phone or tablet on some sort of support device if you want truly sharp results. Support devices for smartphones and tablets come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and in this roundup we will take a look at some of the options.

12 Recommended Breakdown Studio Lighting Kits

Everyone who has ever lugged around heavy gear has a soft spot for the breakdown studio. They all have in common the barest you'll need to get the job done, are fast to set up and break down, and are lightweight. Of course, there are choices to be made—flash or constant light, for instance. Flash has the benefit of stopping action, while constant sources allow you to see exactly what you'll get in the finished product.

11 Environmentally Friendly, Green Gear Choices

The “Green Movement” has influenced manufacturers in the photographic community for quite some time. Lead and arsenic, a pair of heavy metals that contribute to the “character” and performance of optical glass, have been collectively called industrial poisons for decades. Beginning in the late 1990s, lead and arsenic were slowly phased out of formulas for lens elements and replaced by environmentally friendlier formulas that maintain the “look and feel” of the formulas they replaced.

PD Movie Air Pro Changes the Paradigm for Wireless Follow Focus Units

Hands-On Review: Ikan Piatto Accent Lights

In the following video, Mia McCormick, of KelbyOne media, uses the iKan Piatto lights to illustrate a variety of lighting techniques. She explains accent lighting, and goes on to demonstrate with an appropriate Piatto light fixture. McCormick takes the time to illustrate how to bring three-dimensionality to your footage by careful use of Piatto lights, to add accents and shape.

NAB 2015: New Products from Ikan

Ikan’s product line gets a refresh with new and updated products unveiled at NAB 2015. These products include monitors, rigs, teleprompters, and LED lights, including a new line of LED Fresnels, and continues Ikan’s philosophy of offering a wide selection of production gear to assist both amateurs and professionals alike.


Ikan's Newest LED Lighting Units Improve Your Lighting

The versatility of LED light units has made them the de facto standard when small, portable, battery-powered, and lightweight units are required. However, no light is perfect, and no light can do all the things that are needed on set. Traditionally, LED lights have suffered from taking a middle-of-the-road approach, trading power and control for softness, and not being all that good at softness, anyway. With its newest batch of lighting units, Ikan has taken the problem, broken it down to its component issues, and come up with a nifty solution: make two different kinds of lights.

5600K Studio Workhorse: The ikan White Star LED Fresnel Line


ikan Revisits its 508 Studio LED Lights


Video Gadgets and Tools that are not Toys

As far as shooting goes, there may be nothing more satisfying than getting the shot you want, or getting that image or camera move exactly the way you see it in your mind. Conversely, there may be nothing as disappointing as coming close to your shot, but just not nailing it. This could be caused by any number of factors, but in the end it feels like expecting ice cream, only to bite into shaving cream instead.



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