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Lick & Stick mock-up

These are the conventional design features that this NME magazine cover used to attract their target audience for this magazine. Vikki and I used post it notes to mock-up this magazine cover to pick out the, magazine’s masthead, main cover line, main cover star, plug, captions and cover lines. The different conventional design features of the magazine are all important but the main cover star, the main cover line and the masthead are the most important because it entices your audience in and makes your target audience want to read it and buy it.

When I come to make my own magazine cover I know that I will have to make sure that my main cover star, the main cover line and the masthead will be the prominent to attract my audience.

A Front Cover Analysed


Metal Hammer is a heavy metal music magazine for middle aged men. I analysed this music magazine cover and found out the different fonts, images, language and colours all have different meaning to the cover which will attract the right target audience for this type of magazine cover. The main cover image is shown to be the main cover stars as well, this shows to the audience that this magazine is mainly going to be about them, there is no one else on the front to steal their thunder, so the audiences eyes will not go wondering onto any other topic’s, its all about them. They are also located right in the middle of the magazine to imply their importance to the magazine. They are the hierarchy of the magazine. It is always important to know who you are trying to aim your magazine cover at, the target audience is very important so you can associate the magazine to the typical audience and suit it to them, which will help increase the sales of the magazine.

Overall, this will help me when I come to do my own music magazine as I will now know how to relate my magazine to the right target audience and I will know how to connect with my target audience as to what genre I am going to produce.

To see my analysis in full please click on it.

My image that uses mise-en-scene for meaning

Our music genre that we were given was ‘pop’. The conventions we associated with it were:


  • Bright clothes
  • Loud makeup
  • Ostentatious behaviour
  • Extroverts
  • Young teenages listen to it
  • Sparkles


This mood board shows a variety of pictures relating to pop, the way they dress, there different hairstyles, there makeup and of course the different pop groups and artists.  then we use the appropriate mise-en-scene for our model and took various shots of her and various poses, distances and angles. Here are the contact sheets.  





I have chosen this to be my final image. This is because it is the one that looks most like other pop album covers.  The lighting is also very good as it makes her dress sparkle in the different lighting’s.  Also her position and the way she is sitting makes she seems very sweet and innocent but with a bit of mystery included into it. The mise-en-scene of the image is very important when it comes to trying to figuring out the character and the scene. In this image her bra strap is showing slightly which I will have to photoshop out. I feel like this image will make a great magazine cover photo, this is why it is my final image for my magazine cover. I now know that this will help me with my future work as I  know how to get the lighting in the right places to take photos and use the correct functions on the camera.

Audience Profiling

This is an analysis of a indie/pop music magazine. We found out that the target audience is females between 18-25 years old and they are from the upper class, upper-middle class and lower middle class with a left wing politics view that have less than £125 spare. It’s not only the demographics that count but it is also the psycho graphics. From this analysis I have found out that if we stick to these’s demographics and psycho graphics we will connect with the right target audience to entice our audience to want to read our magazine.

This will help me now as I now know how to connect with my audience and know what they will like to see in our magazine.

The design features of a magazine


Magazine front covers always have the conventions of different fonts, colours, images and headings. Here we learnt learnt the technical terms of the different aspects of a magazine, the masthead, pug, cover lines, main cover star, plug, main cover story, insets, captions, price, barcode, issue/date. For example, the masthead ‘Kerrang’ is loud and aggressive shown through the big bold font and the capital letters and the main cover stars are shown as a rebellious young group of  men  looking straight into the camera to engage with the audience and to portray the rock theme.

These will help me when it comes to me producing my own music magazine cover as I now know the technical conventions of the different part of the magazine covers.

The Camera Talks


After analyzing the contact sheet I produced, I picked my favorite 9 that showed our own story. I picked these 9 images to show the different angles, depth and exposure. After we created our mood board I analysed each image individually with a technical camera term and some adjectives to convey what the image shows the audience when we look at it.

My favourite of our 9 photos is the top right, this shows us the use of an angled shot but it is also blurred showing our modles edginess and hierarchy. This portrays the fact that and angled shot tells a story within the image.

Altogether, this mood board shows us that all images provide us with a story. I will use this when I come to making my own music magazine, as I will know what to look for when it come to analysing my own images to make sure that my image shows the right story that I need it to for my music magazine.

To see my mood board in full please click on it.


Print media that communicates meaning

This poster is a perfect way to show us the ways in which a picture can tell us a story about the way a person is trying to communicate with us. By analysing this poster I can know see how font, image, clothing, hair, makeup and information entices the audience to want to find out more about what’s happening in the poster and what’s going to be going on in the future about it. These aspects will help me react out to my audience when I am making my own print designs as I will know how to attract my target audience’s attention.

By looking deeper into this poster it has shown me that every little detail is important to your audience. Ever little thing from the small print website in the bottom left hand corner shows us as the audience that you can feel more engaged with the artist as she wants us to know more about her, to the obvious big bold sci fi print of her tour name to show the importance of it to her and to put it out there to her audience that it will be an ‘out of this world’ performance that the artist will be putting on. Also, the artist is standing in a very bold stance to show that she is confident in what she is going to perform and she is open to new people wanting to communicate with her.

Finally, this is going to help me when I come to do my print design as I will know what aspects I need to include into my print design to engage my target audience and what attracts them to want to look at my magazine.

So, I am a Media prosumer

I am a media prosumers, this means I am involved with the consumption and production of media.

I use media everyday, whether it’s in the form of entertainment, social interaction, personal identity or for information. The images I have included above are some of the media I regularly use. Things like snapchat, facebook, instagram and twitter are medias that I use on a daily bases for social interaction. Blulmer and Katz created a theory called the uses and Gratification Theory which splits media into four different groups, Entertainment/Diversion(E), Social Interactions (SI) Personal Identity(PI) and Information/surveillance (I). Media has a big influence on our everyday lives, without it we would be less connected with everyone around us and less connected with whats going on in the world around us.

This is going to help me with my music magazine as I have realised that you need to use the different Gratification Theory types to entice your audience to keep them connected to you and interested in what you’re about to talk about.

So, hello Media Studies

What are you hoping to learn? What skills do you already have?

I have found out that media comes in four different forms, such as entertainment, social interaction, personal identity and information. In the next two years of studying media studies I am hoping to widen my transferable skills of writing my blog, communication skills and teamwork. Before I started media, I had never written my own blog before, I only did the basic skills of writing a post on facebook or posting a picture on instagram. Throughout my two year course, I will need to use the different technical and transferable skills such as; designing, communication, teamwork and photography. Media studies is also going to help me creatively, when I have to create my own music magazine.

I also hope to pick up the skills such at negotiation, listening and communication through my time in media as I will need these skills all through my adult life. I hope to pick up more skills in editing pictures, filming and photography.

Technical Camera Terms

These are the photos that we took for our mood board. As the photos show we tried experimenting with all different lighting’s, camera angles, distance and composition. We were testing out the different camera angles, shutter speeds, aperture size and testing out the DSLR cameras.

Some of our images that we took were either too dark or over exposed. We changed this by altering the aperture or the depth of field of the camera. As you can see from my images, some of them have the wrong lighting, they are either to over exposed or too dark that you can barely see them. With our partners we tested out the different aspects an image needed to portray a story. For example, the images that are long shots show the theme of loneliness and isolation but the low angle shots show a glimpse of hope and dominance. I will use this when I come to pick my 9 different photos for my mood board as I will now know which ones are the best images to portray communication to my audience and that show the best story.

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