I was going to title this post ‘Most aptly named new lighting product ever,’ but realised that was probably a little long. In between the notion of both titles though you’ll get the idea that I’ve stumbled upon a piece of equipment that I’m pretty pleased with.

As a cameraman I’m also a little bit of a gear head (I’m fairly sure those two categories are mutually dependant) and as such, one of my guilty pleasures is searching Kickstarter for new gizmos and products that people, far more clever than I, have in development for film and video creatives.

The ‘Kick’ light by Rift Labs is one find in the Kickstarter gold mine that I have to say delivers as promised. I have been looking for a small light that I could use as a variable colour back light/rim light and then voila! An LED light with an internal battery, controllable from an iPhone app that allows you to select a colour either from an image that you’ve taken with the phone, or using one of the multiple colour pickers. It even has some in-built software generated light effects, for that flickering candle shot you’ve been trying to achieve (I may not have tested that particular function).

About the same size as an iPhone 5

About the same size as an iPhone 5

Ultra thin with controls on the top for brightness and colour presets

Ultra thin with controls on the top for brightness and colour presets

Power and networking buttons easy to see and locate

Power and networking buttons easy to see and locate

The Kick in iFrankenstein green mode

The Kick in iFrankenstein green mode

I’ve been shooting some athlete profile videos and interviews for a new series of MuscleTV and the Kick light has been perfect for the task for which it was named. For a colour kick or wash on a background element it’s been brilliant. It only takes a few moments to pair with the network that the light requires for the app control and then you’re away.

Here’s a few examples (infographics on each athlete will be running screen left)…

Scott Goble with 2x Kick Lights in play. A hint of colour and a hard white from the other side

Scott Goble with 2x Kick Lights in play. A hint of colour and a hard white from the other side

Jade McKee with the Kick Light used as a colour wash over the background.

Jade McKee with the Kick Light used as a colour wash over the background.

Eddy Ung with the Kick light doing exactly what its name suggests!

Eddy Ung with the Kick light doing exactly what its name suggests!

For a tiny light it’s got a respectable amount of kick to it (sorry couldn’t resist), and with a price point of $179.00 it’s an very affordable tool to have in your kit.

For more video examples and some detailed info, head over to the Rift Labs website.