Monday, February 18, 2013

Here's our winner!

Sarah Bugeja Kissuan’s photo pictured above is the winning shot for the competition ‘Colour me Pretty’. 

Sarah, a passionate young lady with a love for colours and all things dreamy, won a 200 Euro voucher from Avantech Ltd., which went towards her dream lens, the EF 100mm f/2.8 macro USM.  We were very impressed to hear about the ‘making of’  of the winning photo.

I was at my grandmother's house studying for my June first-year MD exams, and to treat me she bought me a packet of skittles, which I love. They were in an unusual orange packet, and amongst them were blue and pink skittles. Being a colour-lover, I realized that with an extra packet of red skittles, I had all the rainbow colours at hand.
Later that day, I found a cute glass bottle in the bathroom and suddenly it clicked – a bottle of rainbow! I was excited to put it all together.
An extra packet of red-packet skittles helped me fill the bottle by placing the skittles one by one using same-coloured skittles for each level. I used a blue throw-over my grandmother gave me to keep me cozy while studying, and laid it over my desk in an L-shape. Initially I tried using a sparkly black scarf instead, but that didn’t work as well as I had planned because it seemed to drain some of the overall saturation. I also have a thing for bokeh, so in the vertical part, I pinned the plentiful coloured diamond-like earrings I own into the cloth (which is what those coloured sparkles are in the back!) and placed the bottle on the horizontal part of the cloth, some distance in front of them. I shone my desk-light onto the whole setup, with light shining off the earrings making them bright, and then used my Canon 600D and Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II with a wide aperture to take the photo! It took many many shots to get the perfect angle, alignment and focus, but in the end I was happy with this one'

We look forward to seeing some creative macro shots from this talented young girl!

Well done Sarah!

Sarah’s work can be viewed here: (and for those that use DeviantArt -

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

We're dressing up for Carnival this Friday at Avantech - all for a good cause! All proceeds will go to Inspire!

Come and visit us this this Friday the 8th; and join in the fun!  Our staff will be dressed up in fancy dress - DON'T be shocked - we will get very creative!  :-)

Help us raise some well needed money for Inspire!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Canon develops feature upgrade for the world’s first 4K DSLR, the EOS-1D C

30 January 2013 – Canon today announces the development of a new feature upgrade for the ground-breaking EOS-1D C. The upgrade has been developed taking into account feedback from the European professional video community, and adds support for 25p recording at the camera’s maximum 4K resolution. Designed for the motion picture, television and high-resolution production industries, the EOS-1D C is the world’s first DSLR to support 4K video capture. It offers a unique, highly portable package optimised for ultra-high quality recording, delivering exceptional low light performance and film-like dynamic range from a highly-compact body that can be used in a wide-range of shooting situations. The EOS 1D-C captures 4K (4,096 x 2,160) video using 8-bit motion JPEG compression, with the ability to simultaneously output an uncompressed Full HD (1920x1080) YCbCr 4:2:2 signal to an external recorder via its HDMI terminal. Full HD video can also be recorded direct to CF cards at frame rates of up to 1080/60p, whilst Canon Log Gamma ensures video is rich in exposure latitude and dynamic range – offering outstanding freedom for video professionals during shooting, and for colourists in post-production. The new feature upgrade will be available free of charge from April 2013.

Monday, February 4, 2013

IXUS 230HS on sale from Avantech!

On sale from Avantech in San Gwann! Available in colours purple, pink, blue and green - from €265 to €220. Until stocks last!!