Month: September 2018

The Camera Talks

The aims of this was to try and use different camera angles to portray a different meaning through various different pictures. This will allow me to understand and create a meaning when I plan to make my music magazine with the front cover page. For example if I were trying to do an angry magazine I would be able to show it through the use of the picture as it would create a meaning to the viewers.

I believe that we achieved our aims with these pictures quite well. I think this because of the way in which we were able to show emotions through use of depth of field, aperture and lighting. I can use this is my production work to allow me to portray a different meaning to the viewers through things like depth of field, aperture and lighting.

Some of that hashtags I used were good in showing different emotions and feelings that the images might be representing. For example some of the adjectives such as isolated and alone represent the emotions and the feelings that are current in the picture. Another example of this could be loneliness and segregation in which portrays two different emotions but both portray a similar meaning.

Technical Camera Terms

We have been studying cameras this week. We have been studying things such as distance, framing, angles and composition. When doing our photo shoot we were trying to portray the feeling of isolation, depression and anger. In many aspects I think that we achieved what were were trying to portray, but in some of the cases this is not true.

For example picture 8718 did not have enough light exposure. This means we should have increases the aperture as it would have allowed more light into the picture allowing us to show of the model more. As we didn’t have the correct aperture on this photo it means that we were unable to see the model and the entire photo was just dark.

Furthermore I think that image 8703 had too much light exposure in the picture. This means that there was too much aperture in the picture and there was not enough shutter speed. I also think that the use of depth of field was poor as it meant that the model was too far away and you couldn’t really see what was happening.

Overall I think that we did quite a good job of capturing all of the different emotions that we were trying to portray all of the different feelings and emotions. The use of shutter speed and aperture linked together were very effective in creating different effects on the images.

For example image 8676 had way too little light exposure due to the aperture settings.


My image that use Mise-En-Scene for meaning!

We were given a set genre to research. Our allocated Genre was Punk. On doing research we found many different types of punk music. We found out punk items included things such as leather jackets, denim jackets, bracelets and Mohawks.

We decided that the idea of a punk theme consisted of very dark ideas. We decided that the idea of punk was quite edgy. Punks tend to be very out there with their dress code. They also seem to be very aggressive with the facial expression that they might make. This creates the feeling of rebellious and and fierce. Punks are represented as bold and this could come across from the idea of their accessories that they might be wearing or the facial expressions that they might be making.


After doing all of our research we decided that we wanted to dress our models up in quite a dark fashion. I think that the use of Mise-En-Scene to create our punk as things such as makeup, hair and accessories were very key to making our punks. Many members of our class believed that we did very well in creating the idea of a punk. They believed that the use of hair and makeup to make our model look rough and messy.

Some of the adjectives used were things such as

  • Rebel
  • Freak
  • Fierce
  • Expressive
  • Emotional
  • Dark
  • Edgy
  • Cool
  • Gothic

IMG 0134 – I think that the use of facial expression in this picture was quite good. I also think that the proxemics between the actors were good as it shows the togetherness of the punks.

IMG 0147 – I also think that this picture is good as it shows the actor looking into the distance. It creates a feeling of emotion as he doesn’t want to make eye contact with the camera.

IMG 0138 – I don’t think that this image is very good as you cant see much of the facial expressions coming from the actor. It doesn’t allow you to understand the feelings of the actor.

I believe that this picture works better than the rest of them because of the facial expressions on both of the actors. I believe this because it looks like the actors are looking into the picture to try and portray a specific meaning to the viewers. I also think this is good because it creates a mysterious kind of feeling. Overall I think that the purpose of Mise-En-Scene is a very important way in portraying a specific meaning with the viewers. I believe this as it allows the viewers to engage with the media, whether this may be through the use of accessories, makeup, hair, lighting or setting. It is a good way to connote a specific meaning to the audience.

Print Media that communicates meaning

This picture contains a Rita Ora tour poster. The purpose of this poster is to attract all of her fans with the use of various different parts of Mise-En-Scene. Mise-En-Scene is the arrangement of props,makeup and hair, setting, costume, lighting and acting which allow media to portray a specific meaning. I have labelled many different parts of this poster as they all show different parts of Mise-En-Scene. Doing this has taught me to understand all the different aspects of Mise-En-Scene and what they connote.  This knowledge will help me to make my own work in the future as it allows me to understand all the different ways that Mise-En-Scene can portray different meanings. The use of connotations in this poster creates a specific feeling or meaning that the poster is trying to portray. Whereas the use of denotations shows the actual meaning that the poster might be portraying.

So…. I’m a Media Prosumer!

Personally I think that this fits Blumler and Katz because if fits well into the idea of the Social Interaction, Personal Identity, Information and Entertainment and Diversion. I also believe this represents it well because it represents all of their ideas and what they actually thought about media and what it did. The Blumler and Katz theory helps me to understand what the different types of media portray to people and how it affects them.It also helps me to understand the different meanings that various media can have. In this collage you can see many apps that I use which also link into the Blumler and Katz theory.

For example Youtube would be seen as social interaction as me and my friends might follow the same Youtuber or watch the same videos which allows us to talk to each other about the video. Another example might be Facebook, which provides me a source of Entertainment or Diversion. Things such as Snapchat and Instagram, all provide ways of Personal Identity, things like music might also do the same.  BBC Sport provides me with information.

So…. Hello Media Studies!

What are you hoping the learn?

In Media Studies I am hoping to learn many new ways to understand different types of media and what they actually mean. I would also like to learn many different ways of understanding the information that media is trying to portray and how they might edit their articles to portray such meanings. I am also hoping to learn how to make my own types of media and portray a specific meaning to the people viewing it.  This would allow me to use elements of Mise-En-Scene.

What skills do you already have?

In media I have skills that enable me to unpick different parts of information in various different types of media. For example I have learnt how to unpick different parts of information is magazine articles. Things like colour, font, clothing and light help me to do this.

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