The Camera Talks…

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These were our best photos, placed into a moodboard. I then added hashtags to each photo to describe how each one used various techniques and what effect they are supposed to have on the viewer. This exercise will help us analyse our future actual photos we are going to use which will allow us to select the best ones. It also helped us to understand how a range of different photos using different techniques will make the reader more interested and make the page look more enticing.

My image that uses mise-en-scene for meaning…

This was our test outfit displaying our indie-artist costume. People in our class described the message given out by the costume as being quite a hippy and chilled out vibe. There were also comments like, laid-back and cool. These comments reflect a stereotypical indie-rock artist and what they would wear.

We then created a mood board displaying the various effects of mise-en-scene on different indie artists. Firstly, indie is a rather authentic genre having many themes and characteristics. The woman portrayed below gives connotations of innocence portrayed by her stance in the picture. She is rather huddled so she seems quite vulnerable. This is in contrast to the eye-makeup presented in the man’s photo. This makes him look quite distant and eerie. Various lighting is used in the photos for different effects. High-Key lighting is used in the far right photo of the man. This portrays a rather positive and casual looking image, in contrast to this, the man at the bottom uses low-key lighting to give a more confrontational and serious look. The use of hats as props give a chilled-out calm feel whereas the woman in the bottom left looks quite care-free yet flirtatious with her costume.

Here is a contact sheet including an analysis of our final images:

This is our final selection of the best photo. I feel it is the best because he is connecting with his fans and audience the most. By looking directly at the camera, he is attracting your attention instantaneously. This connotes a warm and friendly feeling, but still developing a talent-filled atmosphere.


Hello Media Studies!

There are several things I would like to learn during my Media Studies Course. Predominantly, how media connects and inspires people all over the world and how it is communicated.

In order to achieve these goals, there are certain skills I will need to have, but first I will concentrate on developing the skills I already have. These include, some “Transferable skills”:

  •  Teamwork, organisation, listening, perseverance and directing skills will all be useful during the course of the next two years.

These also include, some “Technical skills”:

  • Editing skills in computer programmes and basic skills in edublogs.

I will be, through the two-year course, developing my skills and adding more technical ones as I learn new techniques on various software and programmes.

Print media that communicates meaning…


This print media communicates meaning by the use of semiotics (the science of signs and symbols). The poster uses this to great effect by having bright colours to portray a friendly inviting feeling, I will take this effect away when I create my magazine by considering how different colours make people feel certain ways. There is a very narrow psychographic range in this poster, as it only appeals to people with certain tastes, in order to correct this when creating my magazine, I will make sure the colour scheme is effective in enticing the majority. I will also take into account the font and whether or not the text is in bold to create a more exciting effect. When working with the model(s), I will make sure the poses and positioning they convey is one of a similar message the poster is trying to show.

I am a media prosumer…

In media, there are four types of uses and gratification. Entertainment (E), Social Interaction (SI), Personal Identity (PI) and Information (I). These were created as part of a theory from Blumler & Katz in 1975 and promoted the idea that the audience is conceived as active and explains why in different forms, how and why we use media so frequently. From creating my collage I learned how frequently we use all four of the types on a daily basis. For example, I was so unaware of the amount I really used the media on the basis of my personal identity and for information. For me, as my collage shows, I use media mostly for entertainment (in the form of television programmes such as “Friends” and listening to albums (Girls Aloud). I also frequently use social interaction as a form of media in the ways of social media, like Facebook and Snapchat.

From this work I have learned that media is used in many different ways and has several different purposes. So when creating my magazine production, I will take into account how to interest my readers by using, “Entertainment, “Social Interaction”, “Personal Identity” and “Information”.