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My Tour Poster

After researching different tour posters, I decided to produce my own tour poster using the research I had gathered together. I started off creating a mood board of ‘pop’ genre tour posters to get together some ideas of what popular tour posters needed on them to attract their target audience.

Please click on my poster to enlarge the image.

Then I went onto Photoshop and used my favorite image from our ‘pop’ photo shoot that I thought portrays the best ‘pop’ look. I cut out the background so I just had the model on my page. I then went onto in design to create the background, text and image. This is my final version of my tour poster. I decided to peer asses my work below.

Overall, I will use my own constructive criticism to improve my next project and I will now know what my strengths and weaknesses are when producing a tour poster.

My Copy Of Professional Magazine Front Page


This is my copy of a professional NME cover starring Florence and the machine that I produced using Adobe Indesign.

The different aspects I was successful in were:

  • Trying to get similar fonts to the actual magazine cover.
  • The colour scheme of the magazine cover.
  • The lay out of the different features of the magazine cover like the masthead and the plug.

Some of my weaknesses were:

  • Trying to customize my own colours for my background.
  • The proportion of the photos are slightly off as I couldn’t enlarge it otherwise it went out of focus.
  • I couldn’t find the perfect font for the ‘NME’ title.

Here are three YouTube videos that can help m with my weaknesses:

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.

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.

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.

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.