Category Archives: Creative Critical Reflection 1

So how is it going?

When I first came to media all the software’s used were new to me and I had never used them before. We have used quite a few of different software’s in order to help us. I have really enjoyed using these software and I believe they’re going to help me greatly in the near future with my other subjects but also at home/in the future.

The software’s we use are adobe.

We first starting looking at Photoshop early on in the year. I already knew a little bit of Photoshop from ICT in year 9 however using this refreshed my memory and since then i have learnt many many different techniques. My favorite tool is the spot healing brush tool. This is significant as you can use this on anything not just spots. What it does is color in the area you’re cloicking on with the same color around it. This results in skin for example looking very smooth. We also use in design lots. I really like in design and think its an amazing software. I have learnt so many different techniques in which you can only do on in design. With in design I made my front cover, double page spread and contents page.

Here are some of the transferable skills in which I have learnt:

  • cutting out images – so they have a transparent background, on Photoshop
  • Filling text box’s – either filling the text box in a color/a gradient or just outlining the sides of the text box in a different color.
  • Affects- I learnt how to apply effects to e.g adding an inner/outer glow
  • Editing images- using spot tool, brightening them, changing background etc.
  • Inserting things such as a drop capital or inserting place holding text whilst making a draft.
  • Using the gradient tool- to make one color fade into another.
  • Fonts- changing fonts and editing the text with all the different things at the top of in design. Also the changing of colors.

Not only have I learnt these software which will help me in the future I have also learnt many transferable skills. These transferable skills include communication, teamwork and confidence.

  • Communication – media has taught me communication very well. We have had to communicate very much in media such as when we were organizing our photo shoots. We had to communication it our models to tell them what we need them to bring for out shoot etc. Communication has also been very important when making this magazine as we need feedback. Our peers and teachers can give feedback which can help greatly. It is very important we learn about communication as in future life I will need to be able to communicate well whether It’s in a job interview or I’m directing someone to do something. Communication is a very useful skill to have and I believe media has helped me to get better with my communication.
  • Confidence- Media has given me confidence. Although I didn’t want to go out of my comfort zone to model for someone we had to. I think this gave me lots of confidence. Next time I would have to do a model shoot for someone I will not be afraid and will not mind doing it. Confidence is such a vital skill to have. You need confidence in life greatly. If you’re at a job interview and you’re not giving off confident vibes likely hood is you will not get the job.
  • Teamwork – media has helped me to work as a team. Especially when we were modelling for other people. This meant we had to work as a team in order to get the best possible photos we can get. I believe teamwork is also a very important skill to have because if you’re in a job and you’re set to do a job with a team and you do not have good teamwork skills then the job may not go to plan.


I think using these software have been very helpful however If I went back to do them again I would ensure I was more time efficient. Usually I’d be trying to find out how to do a simple task for too long, instead maybe I could’ve widened my knowledge by watching YouTube tutorials etc.


Design skills 2

I used this video whilst making my contents page. I think this has taught me a vital skill which I can use in the future. I believe this skill is going to be very helpful as I believe it looks amazing. You can also make your images more transparent this is good as you can also do the opposite and make them stand out more. This is important as if you’re trying to really get your model showing  in order to entice the readers then making your opacity higher may give you this affect.

This video showed me techniques which make my images better quality. You do this by going onto the image settings and changing the resolution. This is important as on a professional magazine the images are always high quality therefore this will give a sense of professionalism on my magazine.

Although this sound simple I wanted to make sure they were done properly so they were in the right position. This tutorial showed me how to put page numbers onto my page without having to move it to fit in place. This also means when am I doing another page I can use this tool so they’re all in the same position.

What I learnt myself

  • I learnt how to draw a smooth image on Photoshop by tracing another image. the advantages of this is I now own this drawing so it cannot be copy righted etc. I can also change the color and fill the colors differently. I did this with a star (below) and I also did this with a heartbeat.

I drew these myself however unfortunately I did not use them as they were unnecessary. The way I did this is I had two layers, one was plain and one was a star/heart-rate of the internet I then selected layer two in which I could still see the star/heartbeat and drew over them. I would then hide the original star every now and then to see if I was doing it okay. For this It was important I was using the right colors and also I had the smoothing tool on 100%.

  • I also learnt how to play around with fonts and also get ones of different websites. I didn’t know you could download fonts of the internet which worked on in design however I was informed you could and therefore tried it. I didn’t actually end up using any but It will certainly help me in the future.

Overall all of these new techniques helped me to form a professional looking magazine. However many of the simple techniques on Photoshop and in design also helped greatly. I think every technique I have used has helped me greatly.

Design Skills 1

Whilst making my front page I have learnt many new things which I didn’t know before. All these techniques helped to make a professional looking magazine.

Firstly I learnt how to use gradients. I learnt how to do gradients on my background but also on text. I did this with the feather gradient tool and the gradient swatch tool. I learnt that you could either use gradient in a background of a photo or even the whole page. This is good as you can rearrange everything to the back and therefore everything sits on top of it leaving just the background.

Image result for gradient swatch tool indesign






Another tool I used was on photoshop. I used the spot healing brush. This was significant as it meant that I could make my model look more proffesional as stereotypically most models photos are edited. Also it gives my magazine a more professional look. Here is a before and after…


















As you can see this made a significant difference making his skin look a lot smother than before. This tool was very easy to use and I think I will definitely need to use it in the future.

This is the rectangle tool. Although this doesn’t sound like that useful of a tool this came in handy many times. You can do many different things with the rectangle such as making colored in text boxes in which you can then add effects etc. This is useful if you’re trying to put some text with a colored box behind it. I really like this tool and have used it many times.

One thing in which I used and found very handy (even though what i created wasn’t really used in the end) was how I created a heart rate. What I did was on Photoshop I had layer one as a already made heart rate. I then went on layer 2 and selected the pen tool and made it red. I also made sure I had 100% smoothing on so that It wasn’t exactly free hand. I then drew over the whole heart rate and I kept hiding the layer one to see my progress. I then ended up with my own drawn heart rate in which I then added some effects of my own.

Here is how it came out:

So… I am Ready to Photograph My Star

After analysing other rappers I have decided exactly what my rapper is going to wear, how he is going to pose etc. I also used Mise-en-scene to help deciding this.  I would like my rapper to come across as quite gangsta as after analysing other rappers they come across gangsta. Also from looking at rappers target audiences, it is clear that the majority of their fans are stereotypical gangstas and quite rebellious. I would also like my rapper to come across as a relatable person, specifically with his lyrics.  I got inspiration for this off of Eminem as he is known for his lyrics being relatable. I’d like my rapper to come across this way in order to reach his target audience. His audience are going to idolise up to someone who they can relate to. All of Eminem’s lyrics are true stories and I’d like to say my rappers are to to give a more realistic feel and therefore making the listeners feel for the rapper in order to connect with them.

My mission statement is:

‘rate strives to give entertainment for anyone in the world and to attract more people into the world of rap – we give the latest rap news, latest songs and much more.’

I will ensure my model fits into my mission statement nicely.

I’d like to make sure my audience resemble these things when looking at my magazine:#

  • Relatable
  • Gangsta
  • Thug
  • Edgy

I’d like my magazine to resemble these words as they come into my head when looking at a rappers magazine. Therefore it will give it a sense of professionalism.

When I’m photographing my model I’m going to need to be thinking lots about mise-en-scene.  This means I’ll be thinking about:


  • Costume
  • Lighting
  • Action/actor
  • Make up and Hair
  • Props
  • Setting

All these components are important for me to include in order to get the best possible outcome. Mise-en-scene will help me construct a character. In this case it will help me construct a rapper.  I will need to ensure my model is designed to be a perfect stereotypical rapper.

Another important factor in which I need to take in to account when photographing my star is the camera. I will need to make sure I have the right camera settings, the right lighting and the right angles.

When I’m taking my photos I’m going to make sure there is a variety in clothing, poses, props etc. This will mean I’ll have a wider range of choice when picking my front cover photo but also my magazine will then have a variety in when I’m putting in more photos not just for my front cover.

Everything I’ve mentioned I will  need to make sure I include in my photos. They all help construct a ‘star’.

So… I’m Ready To Make Some Media!

There are many different components, in which we’ve learnt in many lessons, that I have to take into consideration when making my music magazine. I will be sure to think about these things when making my magazine:

  • Mise-en-scene
  • Blumler and Katz
  • different camera techniques
  • Psychographics & Demographics
  • AIDA
  • Layout

Each of these different components is vital when I’m making my magazine, they will help me reach my target audience (the fans of my genre) but also make my magazine cover look professional. They will also symbolize many different things to give a further impression of the magazine, for example, if the camera angle is low then it’s making my model look professional and strong therefore giving a better understanding In the character of the musician and also giving an insight on the genre.

Mise en Scene

When I’m making my music magazine I’ll be sure to use mise-en-scene to the best of my ability. Mise-en-scene is vital as all the different components give more information without the audience having to read the text. For example, the costume of the actor may be bright and colourful which implies it’s a pop magazine.

Blumler and Katz

Blumler and Katz are important for my music magazine as I would need to know what category my music magazine falls into.

Different Camera Techniques

Camera techniques tell you information without having to read texts, this is why they’re a vital component I need to take into consideration when I’m making my music magazine. For example, if you have a long shot of loads of people it symbolizes happiness and also the connection between one and other. However, if you have a long shot of someone on their own it could symbolize loneliness. Therefore I’ll be sure to take into consideration the different camera techniques when taking my photos for my magazine.

Psychographics & Demographics

These are going to help me to find my target audience and make sure I’m putting relevant stuff on my magazine to my genre.


Aida stands for Attention, interest, desire and action. Aida is vital as it makes me think what the audience wants to see and what’s going to stand out, I’ll be sure to use Aida in my magazine to reach my target audience a lot easier. All four of the components allow us to reach our target audience.


The layout of my music magazine is very important, this can help me reach my audience also and will make me think about what is appealing to my target audience. The layout is also important as I’d want my magazine looking professional.

All of these components will be taken into consideration in order to reach my target audience and to also makes it look as professional and appealing as possible.


So… How can an image communicate meaning?

In class, we watched a clip from the movie chicken run and then were asked to analyse it. We also watched a clip from Downton abbey. Both these clips used framing, angles and many more different camera angles to communicate meaning.

Chicken run

After watching the clip of chicken run and taking notes we were told to say how we think the camera angles and different camera techniques used were appropriate and what affects they had. The clip was where all the chickens line up and the chicken who had played the least eggs got killed.  I believe they used camera angles amazingly in this clip. For example, the camera would do a long shot showing the chickens and the man in charge and the man in charge was a lot bigger than the chickens giving a sense of superiority. Often the camera would be from the chicken POV this is to create a sense of anxiety and also shows how inferior the chickens are. We also see another pov towards the end, when the chicken is sat on her own and she looks into the sky. This is where the technique ’tilt’ is used.

Downtown abbey

We were also set to the task to analyse this scene also. In the scene, a very wealthy man receives the news of the titanic sinking. Mise-en-scene helped us understand this. We were then told to make an essay on how mise en scene is used in the scene. We were in groups of 3’s so, therefore, we all had to do 2 different components of ‘clamps’ each. Here is mine:


There are props such as the bells in which are ringing, shortly after this a servant appears this emphasizes how demanding the servant’s role is, this also signifies their status and class which shows they’re subservient. Also, there are newspapers throughout the whole scene these could show a sign of intelligence, also this could imply their class this is significant as the butler bring the newspaper to his table.

Makeup and hair

All actors have very well looked after hair, its all slick and not messy at all, this implies they’re of a higher status and that they’re wealthy. Even the servants have slicked-back hair. All the women have very nicely designed hair in which doesn’t move this could highlight that they’re serious.

We also learned about all the different types of framing, these can suggest very different emotions in comparison to a normal angle, For example:

  • Extreme long shot
  • POV
  • High angle
  • Low angle
  • Extreme close-ups
  • close-ups

These can portray many different things for example if there is a low angle it makes the actor look bigger, therefore, making them seem as tho they’re powerful and of course, if you have a high angle the actor could be portrayed as innocent and/or inferior.

I can use these different techniques when creating my own music magazine. For example, the costumes must connote something. Everything involved with miser-en-scene plays a vital role in telling a story, they all have different connotations. The framing also has a vital role in telling a story, therefore, I’ll be sure to have the right camera angles in my magazine. I think I’d like to have a low angle making my model look superior, this would attract fans.