So how did it go?

During my time planning and executing my magazine, I have learnt a significant amount of new skills on software such as Adobe Indesign and Photoshop, before this experience, I had no experience on either. As well as aquiring new skills that are specifically exclusive to the subject of Media Studies, I have also learnt other IT related skills that are applicable to other subjects, for example how to convert image files.

The production of my music magazine has taught me how I am able to attract my target audience in a variety of ways,  such as mise-en-scene (which is the arrangement of the scenery, props, etc. on the stage of a theatrical production or on the set of a film).and camera angles and how these affect how an image is portrayed, including the importance of how every aspect of a photo works together to convey a certain narrative.

The feedback I have received over varied intervals whilst making my magazine has been very important as it has helped me to develop my magazine for the better as well as further develop my skill set. I have realised that getting feedback is essential in improving different media formats such as, magazines as sometimes you are not able to spot a mistake such as a typo or whether it is all aligned correctly.

Overall, I am relatively pleased with how my final product turned out as I worked hard to develop upon feedback and achieved a much higher quality than intended (shown in my first drafts).

So… How’s It Going?

I feel that my magazine has kept its branding throughout my three pages as I have used a similar colour scheme and kept the same theme. I have used trees and plants to keep my star’s opinions in the article relevant throughout. Using this technique will keep my audience drawn in so they will want to read the article.

My genre is clearly reflected in the images of my star as the costume is light colours and her brightly coloured hair. Bright colours portrays the pop genre well as usually listeners of pop are people who like upbeat and happy music and like to express that through what they wear and see in the media.

Design Skills 2

I have learned many new skills in photoshop. The “adjustment” section has been most useful. By using the brightness/contrast function, I was able to brighten the main focus of each photo, for example the flower shown below, but also contrast it with the darkened background. By using the vibrance tool, I was able to put more focus on the main focal point of the image. The shadows/highlights function is extremely useful for brightening parts of an image without losing any photo quality, and the shadows can give variety to a photo.

In Indesign, I have been using the effects functions to integrate the photos into the background, for example the drop shadow tool is extremely useful for this. You can also use the outer and inner glow effects to highlight and draw attention to a certain image. Under the “arrange” section, I have been frequently been sending photos backwards and forwards to layer my page effectively.

These tools enabled me to portray the star image and genre of pop more easily as it is a rather glamorous classification of music so high-key lighting and drop shadows are important. The use of saturation allowed her name as Lilli “Rose” stand out as it gives the images more of a red tint to it, this adds to the star image as it links her music and attire to her stage name.

Here is a more negligible bonus of using indesign, and whilst it does not add to star image, it allows you to view your page in a presentation setting, which enables you to have easier control over editing.

Design Skills 1

Indesign is an essential part of making our magazine front covers, contents pages and double page spreads. Here is a screenshot of the means you can use to edit text in the document:

Above, I could choose between many fonts appropriate for my genre of music. It is always better to use a “Sans Serif” font because they are easier on the eyes to read. Then, I could select whether it would be appropriate to embolden the text or keep it regular, in most cases, I left it as a regular font because bold was only suitable for the title in order for it to stand out. I could then edit the font size, width, and angle for various effects.

Above shows another tool I have used in Indesign. The transform section is particularly useful for differentiating similar images, for example the ivy in my contents page I have flipped to make it look different on either side. The scale tool is also useful for images aswell. This has impacted on star image by adding to her narrative of a environmentalist, showing a more caring side to her personality.

So… I am ready to photograph my star…

With all the preparation complete, I am finally ready to photograph my star for my front cover, the contents and double-page spread.  For my front cover image, I will be using to mid shot of my star, this will mean the main focus will be on my main cover stars face and their main attributes highlighting their genre and I can ensure that they portray the right type of mise-en-scene my magazine is trying to convey. The lighting will be a mixture of high-key and low-key lighting to demonstrate different key themes of pop music.

We will be using a significant amount of makeup surrounding the eyes and lips to portray a true diva-styled pop star. She will be wearing an attractive dress to highlight youth and the contemporary atmosphere surrounding the genre of pop.

So… I’m ready to make some media!

When creating my magazine cover, I will need to use various graphical and camera techniques I have recently learned. Firstly, I will need to use the ‘AIDA’ acronym. ‘A’ – attention means that you need to have something to grab the reader’s attention instantaneously, this may be the eyeline of a main cover star which will lead you to an essential piece of information. This will then spark interest if the eyeline for example leads you to a tour title or an interesting plug – “Father of Cheryl Fernandez-Versini’s baby revealed – READ INSIDE” as an example. As the reader would have now been looking at your product for a decent amount of time, desire can then be created by an interesting colour scheme which matches the theme of the magazine, represented by the audience demo and psychographics, e.g. a heavy metal magazine for middle-aged men featuring a predominantly dark-coloured background. Finally, the action would be for the reader to purchase the magazine, which can be done by clearly displaying the price and barcode. Secondly, when photographing the model for the main cover star, the body language has to be appropriate to match the genre of the music and psychographics of the audience so they’ll be compelled to purchase it.