Overall I am pleased with the outcome as I believe it successfully captures the genre ‘Folk’, below is my reflection upon producing my tour poster:
Using a combination of Photoshop and In-design, I produced a copy of this NME magazine cover, on the left is the original and to the right is my copy. I used a different image for the star image as the original is no longer online so I found a similar photo with some of the same people.
My first issue arised when moving to In-design to begin with the text as more white was present in my image than the original. This meant the main cover-line was difficult to see as the it was also white, this prompted me to make the decision to outline the text in red so it could clearly be seen, however this lead to making the whole cover come across a lot more harsh than the original and made it look slightly cluttered, diminishing the the usual simplicity of NME’s covers. Some of my proportions are also slightly off, as you can see the main cover-line is not further enough down the page.
However in general, my layout is fairly accurate to the original. I am happy with my upkeep of the colour scheme and chosen fonts as they are still very alike and create the same bold and vibrant look. Using Photoshop to cut out my preferred image, I really improved my skills with the lasso tool and experimenting with the opacity of the eraser tool to trim the finer details eg- hair. This meant I could overlay my image successfully over the masthead.
This task really gave me a thorough insight into both Photoshop and In-design and I feel more confident using them for the future. Having the challenge of using a different image which then influenced the rest of my cover meant I actually learnt more as I had to experiment with new tools which I may not of discovered unless I had these challenges
To help me progress and learn how to recreate the cover, I watched a few videos to enlighten me , here are some that especially helped:
I choose these 9 images as they had the best outcome when telling a story, each image is so different and the use of the camera in so many different way produces such divergent images and stories. For instance the last image uses a low and tilted angle which really makes the wandering hand the focus and effuses freedom and exploration. I think the most interesting images is my 4th (the framing shot) because with the whole image all out of focus, it creates mystery and the angle from the floor is as if you are on the floor just woken up mixed with the blurred effect. This unsureness of what the image is and the figure makes you feel insecure as if danger is present.
This photoshoot really taught me about the impact you have just from controlling the camera as each outcome can be so diverse, no 2 images will ever be the same or communicate the exact same thing which I find an interesting concept. It encourages you to explore all the different aspects of a photo you can change and how it influences the end result and message it carries.
Results from our photo shoot:
Overall we came out with 75 photos, we aimed for each photo to tell a different story or give a give across a different atmosphere which we explored through different camera angles, aperture levels, depth of fields and shutter speed. We found that each different angle, shutter speed and aperture really has a huge impact on the result of the image at what it communicates.
Although you can see many images ‘failed’ or were unsuccessful in portraying the intended story, at the same time they were very successful as they taught us what needs changing and it took us down different paths. For example the first image really isn’t emitting much, we were looking to capture a rather lonely and lost time in this persons life but after experimenting with distance and introducing other variables (moving car with slow shutter speed), we finally got the result we were after. It just turned out we needed to use a longer distance and have more context in the image.
This really taught us how the use of the camera affects the intention of your image and taught me how to utilise the camera to create an effect or emotion specifically by working with different camera angles, distances and framing
Our chosen genre was folk music, so to begin with we gathered ideas in a mood board. The colours common with folk music tended to be earthy, brown tones and an autumnal feel. The lighting is often from natural sunlight outdoors or a campfire giving associations of community and family. A lot of folk music band work or duets and the body language is open and upright which gives off a friendly aura. Folk singers seem to portray happiness and optimism in their face using open eyes and a lifted eye-line.
Clothing is often very laid-back and old-school but also slightly formal with smart shoes but contrasted with a flannel shirt or rough jacket. The clothing tends to be more extravagent with folk festival as they embrace foliage and green inspired outfits. Again, darker colours are used. Props such as guitars and string instruments are also present. In our shoot we want to capture the folk culture and take Mise En Scene in to account carefully.
We dressed our model, Trystan, in black chinos, a slightly faded flannel shirt, to give an old school smart black shoes and a straw hat. We also added a brown leather belt. His stance was upright with one palm over the other to emit a feeling of content. The rest of the class successfully percieved our genre and used words like ‘homely’ and ‘farmer inspired’ which folk is influenced by in terms of setting and audience aim. We could’ve however used a more vintage style jacket of some sort as some viewed the star image as ‘virging on basic’.
We took around 25 images in our shoot and experimented with the Mise En Scene a lot. Using the guitar as a prop gave more focus to the photo as there was more of a vocal point. I think one of the best outcomes was with Trystan leaning on the guitar as it gave a casual, care free atmosphere. The brick background felt vintage and can target not only the younger trendy generation but the older too,
When dissecting each aspect of the music poster, I found purpose and meaning for each decision made regarding the colour,font size, imagery and more. You can clearly follow the composers thought process and what they were trying to communicate across to the audience. In order to find the meaning in these music posters, you do have to slightly refer to stereotypes, despite the refreshing attitudes of todays society to banish them, without some, you cannot attach deliberate connotations to convey the intended message or idea.
Therefore you have to be vigilant when creating and analysing these music posters.