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This is my music tour poster which I created using Photoshop and Indesign. The image I used came from a shoot that I did for a previous task.
To create this, firstly I took an image of the model and the watercolour background into Photoshop and edited them. To make the model blend into the background I added a watercolour effect onto it and changed the transparency of the model so that she wasn’t just on top of the background.
I then flattened the image and exported it into Indesign and picked out my different text sizes and where to place the text. Another key factor that I had to choose was the font colour and the font itself so that it was appropriate for my genre of music.
This is my self assessment where I pointed out what I thought went well and what I thought could have gone better.
This is my copy of an original NME magazine that I created in indesign.
My 3 strengths doing this were:
Changing the text size to match the original
Finding a similar font to the original
Placing the text in the right places to be the same as the original magazine cover
However my weaknesses were:
Importing the image from photoshop into indesign
Adding the gradient in the edges to be similar to the original
Grasping the basic tools of indesign
Overall I think my use of colour and text matched the original quite well however I could not find a similar image with colour so I had to use a black and white image to keep the two main cover stars the same. I found importing the image and placing it into indesign difficult so I used a video tutorial from youtube to help me figure it out. Finding a similar font was time consuming but it was not difficult it was more to do with wanting it to be as identical as possible.
This video just showed me how to use the basic tools in indesign. I found this useful as I have never used indesign before so it helped me to understand the basic tools and how to use them correctly.
This video showed me how to create a gradient which I needed to do to make my magazine cover as similar to the original as possible.
This video is about importing images into indesign which was useful as I did not know how to do this before.
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This shoot was a success as we got many different shot lengths and shutter speeds. This will help me with future work because I will know what message each depth of field, shot length and shutter speed will convey. For example a close up will focus on someones facial expression and an extreme long shot will convey a message of isolation and loneliness.
My favorite image is the clock. This is because it was taken using a slow shutter speed so it came out blurry connoting a feeling of chaos, speed and like there is a race against time.
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From doing this photo shoot I now understand that different camera angles, distances and framing can be extremely influential on the meaning of an image.
In this shoot I used many different camera angles including; extreme long shots which convey a feeling of isolation and loneliness, and close-ups will focus on a specific part of the image for example, the facial expression of the model connoting their frustration and anger.
To use different framing I position a model on the other side of a door with a window. This framing drew the attention to the model and kept the image simple yet meaningful.
I also used different shutter speeds and apertures to create different effects. For example I took a slow shutter speed photo of a clock, the image came out blurry and shaken which suggested a feeling of being rushed and chaotic.
We made this lick and stick mock-up of and NME magazine. We did this to help us to understand the conventional technical design features of a magazine so that it is easier when we are creating our own.
Doing this made me notice that that the most important features of a magazine are the Masthead, the Main cover star and the Main cover line. This is because they are usually the biggest and boldest features on a magazine so they will catch the attention of the reader before any of the other features.
This first image is our draft representation outfit for a folk/bohemian musician. The look we decided to try and create was a very relaxed style, we did this by dressing our model in a long flowing, floral dress with big beads, a big scarf/shawl and big sunglasses. We used natural looking accessories to portray our model as care free and to give off a good natural vibe to our audience. The model was described as “carefree”, “relaxed” and “earthy” which is the feedback we were hoping for as it reinforced our idea of trying to look “bohemian”.
The next image is our moodboard. Our moodboard is made up of images that we feel best represent the female folk musician genre as the models all look very down to earth and care free. In The images we chose all of the models are wearing bold, miss-matching patterns and very loose dresses or skirts, this helps indicate what type of clothing we should be looking to dress our model in in order to create the perfect indie/folk vibe. Another key element in these images is the high key/natural lighting used as it conveys the idea of warmth and earthiness.
This image below is our contact sheet which shows every picture taken of the model in the outfit we chose for her to wear. We have annotated the images to explain what is positive about the pictures and to point out the negatives to help us improve our images next time. As you can see, some of the images taken are overexposed and the model looks washed out and unclear whereas some are also too dark. However, in some images the models position and expression are correctly portraying the free spirited vibe we were hoping to achieve.
This picture below is our final image that we decided best connoted the image of a folk/indie musician. The position of the model is very open and relaxed with her hand in her hair to convey a natural free spirited image. To add to this we used high-key lighting to make her look brighter and more natural rather than low-key lighting which wouldn’t be fitting to the laid back personality that we were trying to create with this look.
Analyzing this album cover has taught me how to connote and denote different types media, to realize that everything is there for a reason and means something and it has also helped me to decode different signs and symbols. This will help me when creating my magazine cover because I will be able to decide more carefully what images, text and colour and symbols I put on my magazine, how to convey certain messages in an appropriate yet interesting manner and how to make my magazine appealing to my target audience.