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My Tour Poster



In class we were told to make a mood board of loads of our specific genres magazine posters. This was to give us inspiration for when we’re making our magazines. Therefore I made my mood board out of pop posters to get a general theme from all of them.


These posters also helped me understand AIDA, this stands for:

  • Attention
  • Interest
  • Desire
  • Action

The use of AIDA really helped me understand the tour posters a lot more. I now know When making my poster I need to include attention, interest, desire and action into my poster.

I’m very happy with how my tour poster went well. I believe i considered all the different aspects of mise-en scene and I also used other pop-stars tour posters to my advantage and took tips off of theirs. I think next time I’d like to use more text to make my poster slightly more informative however I like the way its plain as it’s easy to read them important text.



My Magazine Front Page Swede












Doing this front magazine swede has helped me to get used to in design and taught me how to do many different techniques. I learnt lots and lots when making this magazine from fonts/coloring to the boldness and the positioning. I didn’t find the same photo in which the model used however I did find a similar one. I think that using a different photo tested my abilities more and therefore I gained a greater knowledge in in-design. I learnt many different techniques specifically with fonts. I learnt to change the boldness of fonts and also how to put affects on them and change the writings color. next time I think I’d spend longer making sure everything is in the correct position on the page and would make sure i ave the same line spacing. I’d also make sure I include some information I left out such as the top right corner. I do think the font still does need working on also.

Here is a clip I used to help me:


The Camera Talks…

After we had finished the photo shoot we then were asked to get some of our favorite photos we took and say a connotation, denotation and the camera technical term.



The connotation is what you can suggest from the image. for example, if it’s a dark image you can imply it suggests sadness. .The technical term is how the camera is used. For example, if a photo has a good distance then the hashtag may imply that. The denotation is what is actually happening in the photo.

My favourite photo we took was the one of my hand on the cage as it can represent many different things, for example the image suggests trapped, this could mean they’re trapped in their own mind. You can imply many different things from our photos.

I also think the different types of shots were amazing also as they also tell a story. My favourite techniques we used was the use of  blur and the extreme close ups.

When I make my music magazine ill be sure to try many different of the camera techniques and use the appropriate ones in which fit with my genre.

Technical Camera Terms

In lesson we had a Camera technician come in and show us all the different ways you can  use your camera to take a variety of photos. These include:

  • Aperture-how big the hole is

The bigger the hole the more light

The smaller the hole the less light

  • Shutter speed- how quick the shutter closes

High shutter speed gives higher quality photos

Low shutter speed gives not as good quality speeds


  • ISO-measures the sensitivity of  the image sensor

The lower the number the less sensitive your camera is to light and the finer the grain.

choosing a higher ISO means you can use faster shutter speeds to freeze the movement.

This is usually left on automatic, however.


There are other factors which tell a different story such as:

  • Movement – How is it filmed?
  1. Pan
  2. Tilt
  3. tracking/dolly shot
  4. Zoom
  5. Crane
  6. Hand-Held
  7. Arial shot
  8. PED
  • Framing-How far away is the camera?
  1. Extreme long shot
  2. Long Shot
  3. medium long shot
  4. Mid-shot
  5. Medium close up
  6. Close up
  7. Extreme close up
  8. Canted

In class we were told to go take photos using our new techniques, each photo had to have a meaning, we were told we would have to have 1 connotation 1 denotation and the framing used for each photo. Therefore we went out and took the photos:

Personally I believe we got some good photos however we should’ve gotten some more. We composed the photos above using the different techniques we learnt, We took into account the distance, Framing, shutter speed and the angles.

Distance- We used distance to tell a meaning for example if the camera is far away and someone is on their own it could symbolize loneliness. They can also convey many different things including emotions like tension, anxiety and fear. We used a close up of my hand agaist a rail suggesting isolation. This is my favourite photo as its focused on my hand but blurry on the outside. We also used a long shot of me walking across the crossroads by myself embedding a sense of loneliness.

Lighting-  In my opinion, I think that the lighting used in the photo of my hand is good as its dark in the background. Dark sybolizes many things such as loneliness and even death which may be implying that I’m so isolated that there’s not much life. The rest of our photos were based on natural lighting.

Angles-  On our picture of me on the crossroads we made sure our camera is central and therefore I’m in the middle of the picture. This gives a bigger sense of loneliness as it doesn’t show anyone around me. We also got a photo of someone at the top of the stairs and someone at the bottom of the stairs showing superiority.


My image that uses Mise-En-Scene to communicate meaning

In our media lesson we were informed that we were going to be making our own tour posters HOWEVER we weren’t allowed to choose the genre of what our magazine would be. Therefore my group and I picked out Pop music.

After getting Pop music out of the hat we were set a task in which we’d have to use Mise en Scene to research in order to have a greater understanding for our magazines. This was helpful as we could use the likes of costume, lighting, Actors, Make-up/hair, Props and settings to make sure our magazine is the best it can possible be. To do our research we created a moodboard . Here we put some of our favorite pop stars and analyzed by using these techniques.


After our mood board, we had a better understanding in pop and we had an idea of how we wanted to embed these Mise en scene techniques into our magazine. The main themes in which we noticed were mainly:

  • Bold
  • Clashing
  • Colourful
  • Unique

We then decided what we wanted our pictures to be like.  We all agreed to try to use those four themes in our poster.  Dalehna decided she was going to be the model in our poster. We used all different types of mise en scene to create our poster:


We used the costume inspired by the pop stars we looked at. We know they need to be unique colourful and bold.


We knew we needed bright lighting as all pop star stereotypically are the main attraction so all attention should be on them.


In all the examples all the actors were energetic and exaggerating, therefore we knew this is important as it attracts pop star fans.


Makeup and hair are vital. Most pop stars wear bright eye shadow, this symbolizes happiness and liveliness. We knew we needed to make our model unique and we needed to make them stand out.


We knew we needed props such as a microphone to give an insight on what the audience was to expect.


Most pop star magazines front covers background are a stage to give an insight. We decided we are going to take our photos with a green screen background. This means we can make the background whatever we want.

These skills have helped us set up our photos we are going to take to make them as perfect as possible. Every individual component of mise-en-scene we will take into account when taking our photos.


I think out photos went well specifically I think we directed Dalehna well, for example her facial expression and body language. i also think we had a good outfit as it stood out like most pop stars. We believe her outfit is very unique and would attract an pop star fans audience. We also used the props to our advantage by having a microphone. This was good because it was almost as if it was an insight to what is going to be happening on the tour.

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Print media that communicates meaning

To help us analyse semiotics of prints we looked at many techniques in class. We managed to look at some posters and analyse them with the new techniques we learnt. The technique we focused on was ‘mise en scene’ . Mise en scene is made up of 6 components and we use the word ‘clamps’ to help us remember it.




Make up/hair



Mise en scene is vital for print media as it allows us to view all the different aspects that went in to creating the magazine/poster.  The poster in which I analysed was an artist call ‘The Weeknd’ this was his poster advertising his tour.



Analyzing this poster gave me my first experience and taught me a lot about the ways how to analyse print media. I found the use of ‘clamps’ very helpful and will definitely use it again. From using mise-en-scene I gained a greater knowledge in analyzing. I will be able to put this knowledge to use when creating my own magazine. When creating my magazine i will use Mise-en-scene to create it.