Gourmet Traveller Magazine by Bonnie Savage

I recently shot a travel story for GT in Luang Prabang, Laos and it is published in the current issue. The shoot was fantastic and full on. The light is always changing so there's a million ways that you can shoot each temple/hotel/portrait.

Here are some of my favourite images from the shoot which weren't necessarily all included in the magazine.

The above hotel on the left used to be a prison, and the one on the right was a hospital. Both hotels were stunning, really amazingly beautiful ...

It bucketed with rain for three days and nights until eventually the sun came out which was great because its hard to shoot temples and swimming pools in the pouring rain....

Momentum Energy Campaign by Bonnie Savage

I recently shot this ad to align with a TVC. It was a really fun job to work on with the guys at Melbourne agency Twenty20 We shot it in a lovely old boat builder's shed in Williamstown.

This isn't the final artwork - it still has the Lorem Ipsum type.

Mockup of Momentum final artwork

I thought I would also post the initial brief that I received here as well.

As you can see, there's quite a bit of deviation in the final image. I opted to have the man behind rather than in front as he was too distracting from all the action happening on the bike.

Original Brief

The challenge for me with this shoot was to get the most out of the awesome location we were in, but also not let it get too distracting from the main focus of the image. I'm really happy with the results and will be going back there to shoot some personal work.

Here's a quick behind the scenes image.

Me on set

Viewmaster Self Promotion by Bonnie Savage

I had these custom made with my latest images on the reels to mail out to clients and potential clients.

Each reel has 7 images (they're doubled - one for the left and one for the right eye)

I also made some folded postcards that were designed to fit snuggly into the boxes. They gave a small introduction to myself and Bonnie Savage Photography - thanks to Oli Wright for designing them (and my logo).

I had a rubber stamp made up with my logo (harder than it sounds...) and stamped it on the lids of all the boxes.

I didn't want any postage marks on the actual boxes and wanted the parcels to have more of an older feel to them, so I wrapped them up in brown paper and tied them up with brown string.

Off to the post office!

Animated Photographs by Bonnie Savage

I just love these - Thanks for sharing Oli

These are a collaboration between fashion photographer Jamie Beck and motion graphics guy Kevin Burg. They're animated .GIF files and they're just beautiful...

I could see this technique being very effective in giving a magazine a real point of difference between the printed version and the ipad version of their publication.

You can see some more examples from these guys here.

factory test shoot by Bonnie Savage

This is from an earlier shoot at a Melbourne shoe factory.

If I have the time, I usually try to fit in a test shoot either in the studio or on location before the shoot. This helps me to refine my lighting setup and it gives me a heads up on any problems that I might need to be aware of.

Usually I use an assistant or sometimes a friend as the subject. Other times it's too early on a Sunday morning and no one wants to get out of bed.... so I'm stuck shooting myself!

Back To Their Future by Bonnie Savage

I just stumbled upon this photographer Irina Werning from Buenos Aires. I love it! She recreates images from people's pasts. Matching the locations, clothing and lighting from the original photograph. Great idea - well executed..... here are some of my favourites......

To have a look at more of Irina's work check out her site

Industrial Series by Bonnie Savage

I've started a personal series that explores industries in Victoria which have either completely dried up, or are experiencing a big period of change. Here's a shot from a Melbourne shoe factory which now gets half it's production made in China:

Some of the businesses I'll shoot will have already completely dried up - such as tram conductors and others will be forced to adapt and change with the times.

More examples from this series such as a letterpresss printer can be seen on my site.

This is a really great project for me because I love shooting portraits and I especially love environmental portraits. This gives me an opportunity to delve into people's work lives and learn about industries that I would otherwise know nothing about. I'm also trying to concentrate on colour and the use of textures and repetition in this series.

Above is the first from my series and is of Roberto, an ex tram conductor. I shot this in a very dark tram depot - as you can see I've lit it to look as if its out in the daylight (my set had 10 lights in total) and I have photoshopped out the flashes which were in frame.

Japan + blurb.com by Bonnie Savage

I spent two awesome years living in Japan – a country I’ll always love and feel connected to.  A few friends and I recently published a photographic book of our time there through blurb.com called Shashin Dayo. The concept was to show Tokyo through the eyes of 5 foreigners who live there.

No worn out Japanese clichés like sushi & bright neon lights & cute girls in costumes & general wackiness, just everyday things and streets and places and people…  Hidden laneways, local shops, neighbourhood festivals & bbqs by the river. It shows the Tokyo we saw when we caught the train to work or hung out at the local tiny sake bar.

ipad - Project Magazine by Bonnie Savage

I've been dubious about ipads.... I guess I've been biding my time and waiting to see if there was something big that it could offer professional photographers.... Something new that I hadn't seen before.

And today, I found it!

I saw a magazine app by Virgin called Project. Here is a link to more info on it, but viewing it anywhere other than on an ipad really doesn't do it justice.

What I found seriously amazing about it, was the way that it integrated video and sound into the articles. Yeah, I know that's the most obvious and predictable step for online mags. But imagine an article on the actor Jeff Bridges where instead of a text intro + photo, there's a 10 sec video of Jeff standing there grinning at the camera walking round the beach. Or a video animation showing you the of the streets of Tokyo as the intro to a travel story on Japan.

The quality of the design and the photography was just lovely.... It also made me realise how important it is for photographers to get into producing videos to stay competitive in the future if their work is going to cross platforms in this way. It also started me thinking about the usability of low res images. In the past a low res 72 dpi image was only good enough to be used as a proof or for web content. However, if magazines are now to be sold as apps (Project is only available as an app for ipads) then they might never actually need high res copies of files. The camera with the highest megapixel count isn't necessarily the one that produces the best image. Maybe this will start to make people realise that.

Do yourself a favour and have a look at this app, it really did blow my mind....