These four images are a previous students work in which I have chosen to annotate and look into more detail because I feel that this piece has a great sense of continuity to it; and stands out due to the images as you can tell there has been a lot of thought into the framing, colour and editing.
The use of camera and Photoshop
Within all four images, they have used a range of camera distances these include: extreme close up, close up, long shot and an extreme long shot. Throughout this digipak the variation is well balanced and pleasing to the eye rather than having four of the same shots as this wouldn’t captivate the audience the same way. On the inside right image, the use of the rule of thirds worked great here as the eye is just of center and because he is looking directly into the camera which is breaking the fourth wall and feels as though he is connecting with the audience which grabs their attention. Also, they have used Photoshop well to bring out the colour of the blue, this colour helps add continuity of the sea theme, within Photoshop they could have brightened the blue of the sea to help the digipak seem more cohesive.
A strong point of this digipak is the front cover. It is excellently Photo shopped to make it look like he’s holding the album title.
Mise-en-scene and meaning
Lighting- highkey lighting that is clear and consistent is used on all these images apart from the back cover where natural lighting has been used in order to give a more relaxed, authentic and natural feel. The fore ground of his silhouette and the background are similar colours so therefore the lighting comes across as quite dull in comparison.
Props- on the inside left image they have still put the head of an acoustic guitar under his hands, this image works well with the indie genre chosen and is conventional to this genre.
Costume- a surreal image is used of the man wearing a suit on the beach, this indicates the genre is indie as it has an outlandish feel about it.
Setting- here they use a beach as their setting, again, this is a very conventional setting for the genre as it connotes feelings of freedom, sorrow, nostalgia and reflection. The symmetry used within this image is very aesthetically pleasing for the audience and catches their attention, it is very simple yet very effective.
The word choice and level of audience engagement
Firstly the title, they have chosen is ‘Ocean’ and the artist is called ‘seafret’. These link well and have a clear correlation which each other. The images shown on the digipak are of the ocean which helps add continuity and on it and the pictures shows images of the ocean which relates quite nicely and helps with gaining the predictable pleasure from the audience. On the back of the album you’ll find a list of 7 song names, for example, ‘Wildfire’, ‘Atlantis’, and ‘Oceans’, these chosen songs have the theme of nature in common which fits in perfectly with the indie genre.
The creative use of DTP to integrate images and text and use of colour/ typeface
Simplicity is crucial and highly effective. In this case the typeface shows further continuity and it is important how the same font flows nicely onto the back of the album which brings it together as a whole. The use of colour throughout the album is very impressive and bold, the use of the different shades of blues and greys make the bright, electric blue stand out the most and really entice the audience.