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Ikan MicroSpot Illuminates Digital Media Curriculum

I needed a reliable and versatile on-camera light for quick shots, and the iLed-MS MicroSpot light from Ikan Corp. was perfectly suitable for me. As an AV production teacher, I’ve found this handy and portable spotlight useful in recording tutorial videos, stop-motion animation and other short video projects. I love the fact that it’s user-friendly, rechargeable, lightweight and small enough to fit in my pocket.

The internal lithium battery charges quickly with a Micro USB cable. There’s a dimmer switch that allows you to adjust the light intensity to 10 percent. Another cool built-in feature are the four barndoors attached to the light: two solid black barndoors, one frosted diffusion gel barndoor, and an orange gel barndoor for 3,300°K output. Fold all the barndoors out and the bulb shines an intense 40-degree 5,600°K spotlight on any subject. Fold the opposite solid black barndoors close together, leaving a half-inch gap, and you can create a rectangular “highlighter” light.

When my students and I were recording a horror scene, this easily concealable light allowed us to add suspenseful lighting from underneath the subject. The MicroSpot also works well for scenes where you don’t have a lot of room, such as inside a car, closet or other tight spots. The creative possibilities this little light allows are endless.

Andrea Nguyen is a digital media instructor at Kirk Lewis Career and Technical High School in Pasadena, Texas.