I had to do some research on the genre Psychedelic Rock for my tour poster and this is my research of the different features and conventions of a Psychedelic Rock poster or album cover. From this research I learnt that the typical features of a Psychedelic Rock album cover or poster includes:
Bright and colourful font which is often waved at an angle to have a Psychedelic effect of creating altered consciousness however plain font is also used to extenuate the bold background colour .
Bright, vibrant colours are always used to make the text stand out in front of the image or drawing used.
All of the albums still look different as the fonts and images/illustrations are varied however the same colours are used.
The fonts normally used are ‘solenizant’, ‘amelia’, ‘grayonette’ etc.
In my evaluation I have included what I thought I did well in the creation of my music magazine cover, eg. I think that I linked the colours well together to compliment each other and the fonts are similar to the theme of the fonts used in Psychedelic Rock covers.
In class this week we have been learning how to use In design. We learnt the basic skills of how to use it and how to properly recreate the magazine front page we were assigned. I have now learnt how to recreate a magazine front page which can help me when making my own magazine swede as I know the skills on how to create a high quality front cover.
I think I created an effective front page swede as I used an image which is very similar to the actual magazine front page as they both include close up shots of her looking directly at the camera. I also was able to recreate the same colours for the writing fonts and included everything that was on the front page.
However, I did struggle with creating the perfect copy of the front page. For example, I struggled to find the actual image used in the NME photoshoot and recreating the exact colour of the word ‘Florence’ was very hard as you have to create a whole new colour. Also, making sure the letters were the same thickness and height was difficult because they were all different sizes making it hard to get the exact thickness and height right.
These are some useful videos I watched and used when in the process of creating my magazine front page swede:
From this video I learnt how to use the basic features of In Design which helped a lot when creating my own magazine swede as it showed me how to create basic shapes which I could’ve used in my swede if I needed to include basic shapes. It also taught me how to use colours and how to create an ombre look which I could’ve used also if I had needed to.
From this video I learnt about different text in In Design. It taught me how to change the size of my text which was useful as I needed to shrink text for my magazine and make it bigger. It also showed me how to change the font to different fonts relating to my magazine swede as I needed to change the font depending on which area of the magazine I was working on.
The task we were given was to create a mood board with 9 of our favourite images from the shoot. We then had to annotate each picture and write 3 connotations on each; 1 technical term, 1 denotation and 1 analysis hashtag. I think that we were successful in annotating the photos to give the correct hashtags to work with the vibes from the photos.
I think we achieved our aims of taking good quality photos with the correct lighting and clever poses which was shown in our photos through us telling a story. My favourite photo was the one Laura took of me sitting behind the do not enter sign as that can convey so much meaning. For example, it could connote that I am breaking a rule by sitting behind it however it can also be shown that I am scared as the camera angle is a high angle connoting vulnerability. Our camera skills have definitely improved as we can use the correct aperture and ISO in order to achieve the best shots showing off high skill.
I coped with the DSLR functions through remembering what I’d been shown by our technician. He showed us how to use the different features on the camera to take the best possible photos. The different camera features included aperture, shutter speed, ISO, shooting mode and exposure control. The main three we focused on were aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Aperture is the stop on a photographic lens to control the amount of light getting to the film. The size of the aperture will control the film’s exposure to light and is best in use from 11-22. Shutter speed is the unit of measurement which decides how long the shutter remains open as the photo is taken. The shutter speed and aperture work together. ISO measures the sensitivity of the image sensor. For example, the higher the number the more sensitive your camera is to light resulting in a harsher grain. I used aperture effectively as I controlled the amount of light getting to my film when taking photos which resulted in good quality photos. I also used ISO well because I made sure my photos weren’t too grainy giving good photos. However, I didn’t use much shutter speed as it is quite complex so I stuck to the ones I know how to use properly.
I achieved my goal of telling a story through the use of my photos. My photos depict a sad, grumpy girl behind the no access banner and then I transform into a confident, flirty girl when posing against a wall as I stick my tongue out and grin. Whereas Laura is shown to be nervous and shy when posing behind the green bushes as she is out of focus; she then changes into a sassy girl as she is posing on a bench.
This approach to taking photos will help when taking my own for my music magazine because I now know how best to take photos and what range of aperture to use (11-22). If you want your photo to be lighter, increase the aperture, decrease the shutter speed and increase the ISO and do the opposite for a darker image. This is really helpful information as this teaches me exactly how to shoot a good photo.
In our small groups, we were each allocated a different musical genre to research by picking a genre out of a hat and do a photo shoot to and my group were allocated psychedelic rock. We thought this was a good genre to have as it’s quirky and diverse and it is meant to replicate the mind-altering experiences of psychedelic drugs eg. LSD. Our mood board consisted of finding images of clothing our model would wear, objects the model could hold and any image relating to the psychedelic rock theme. This related to the mis-en-scene as the definition is the arrangement of the scenery, props, etc. on the stage of a theatrical production or on the set of a film. We linked mis-en-scene to our genre as we arranged the scenery and props to match our theme. The props we used were some retro pink glasses to enhance the theme of psychedelic and we also used an electric guitar as that’s what the rock bands used.
This is the mood board we created that links with our genre.
The final photo
Secondly, after creating our mood board we had to allocate one member of our group to dress up themed as a member of a psychedelic rock band and then have a photo shoot. We had to consider the key features of CLAMPS otherwise our shoot wouldn’t be as effective and so it included the right aspects.
A- Acting and Proxemics
We took around 30 photos and singled out one in particular as we felt it was the most effective at portraying our genre. The photo included the chosen props we used, good setting and lighting, it also included a successful costume and fabulous acting at showing how a member of a psychedelic rock band would have been portrayed.
This is our chosen photo along with a commentary on how our model has been portrayed:
This image I feel works well at representing our genre as it shows the mis-en-scene has worked well to depict the genre of psychedelic rock through the use of costumes and props. As it uses aspects of CLAMPS, we decided to use this as it relays a lot of the mis-en-scene.
Overall, the importance of using the mis-en-scene to convey a story about our photo is great as it is needed in order to portray the genre. The use of all the key aspects to the mis-en-scene have meant that we have been able to convey a meaning to our photo, rather than it just being a normal photo. The meaning is that we have portrayed our model as a realistic character in a psychedelic rock band.
This can now impact on my own planning and research for my Music Magazine as this has shown me I need to think very hard about including all the key features of CLAMPS as that makes the photos look more realistic and professional. During research, I need to find key aspects of my topic to create a mood board which can make sure I link back to the topic when shooting.
Below is an example of how I have decoded the meaning of this artists tour poster to show how effective different features can be eg. facial features and backgrounds.
Whilst looking at this, I’ve thought about the 6 main parts to creating the emphasis of Mis en Scene. They make up the word analogy CLAMPS and consist of:
Acting and Proxemics
Makeup and hair
During this task I have analysed the Mis En Scene and how each of these aspects added to the overall tour poster. This analysis will help me when creating my own Music Magazine tour poster as I will be careful to include all 6 parts when producing my media as they all play a part in conveying the back story behind my photos.