26th October 2018

My Tour Poster

 

Above is my tour poster I made using programs Photoshop and InDesign. Our task was to create a tour poster for our assigned genre, my assigned genre was “Punk”. I took an image which I cut out using Photoshop. I took it a step further to create a stencil effect on the image by turning it into layers and recolouring it.

I then moved it to InDesign where I added a background and text. The text went through a lot of experimenting with different fonts and positions to create this outcome.

For the colour scheme I chose to keep it with a few primary colours. Primary colours are simple but some of the most effective when used together. It also had to match the genre of Punk so I looked at lots of posters from other bands such as The Clash and Black Flag for inspiration.

I have learnt a lot about the programmes and compositions doing this task, and these skills will become useful later on when making a music magazine.

12th October 2018

My copy of a professional magazine cover

Above is my effort at recreating a NME magazine cover, I feel that overall the process was a success and I learnt a lot within the process.  The task was to test our Photoshop and InDesign skills to recreate a magazine cover which was done by professionals. The task involved a lot of trial and error while testing fonts and techniques, I also had to do research to find the correct cover photo.

 3 Things I feel I did successfully:

  • Lining up the texts and getting everything proportioned. I found this difficult at first but I knew that the thing which would make it look the most professional is getting the sizing and position closest to the original.
  • Finding the correct or as close as I can get fonts for the texts. This took a lot of experimenting with different fonts and constantly referring back to the original to find the closest fit.
  • I used a range of tools to edit text such as changing the gaps in letters and the width of letters. Sometimes the perfect font was not available so I had to improvise and try to get the fonts to look similar, also chunks of text were often clustered smaller to take up less space and still let the images resinate.

 

3 Things I could Improve:

  • Proof checking my work for mistakes such as the outline on the circle. Small details I see now where I could have changed to make the magazine just a tiny bit better such as the font colours.
  • Colour correcting Images. It is noticeable that the NME magazine have slightly airbrushed the images while I have left it raw, slightly editing it would have been beneficial.
  • Use a greater range of tools available in InDesign. I feel that I may have just barely scraped the surface for the amount of possibilities and tools for the program and I should experiment with more to get different outcomes.

Here are three Youtube tutorials I used to help create the cover:

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Overall, throughout this exercise I feel I have learnt a lot about each of the programs Photoshop and InDesign. Moving forward, I will be able to apply these newly learnt skills into things such as in my own music magazine and editing any of my own photos.

 

 

8th October 2018

The Camera Talks

Above are my nine favourite image outcomes from our first photoshoot. They are all annotated with hashtags which describe the photos and their context.

These are my favourite because of their:

  • Composition
  • Framing
  • Depth of Field
  • Mise en scene
  • Angles
  • Locations

Conclusion:

Overall, I feel the photoshoot was a success and I properly experimented with the different techniques in photography such as the angles and compositions. I also developed my understanding of the camera and how to make photos look the best they can with focus and light.

28th September 2018

Technical Camera Terms

 

 

For this task, we were set to get nine final photos displaying a range of different techniques and angles for photos. Out first few photos came out far too over exposed, but after adjusting settings we found out how to properly calibrate the camera to the light level. As we were working mainly outside and it was very sunny we had to lower the ISO to allow less light into the camera. This technique is useful as it allows for photos to be adjusted to be lighter or darker which can help set the tone for photos. This can further help communicate meaning to the viewer of the photograph.

We experimented with different depth of fields and focusing on the subjects and the background. To adjust the depth of field you must change the F points, the larger numbers create more depth with the focus and lower numbers make the photos more in focus. We also tried taking close ups and long distance photos to test for different effects created from the distance. My favourite angle we tested was the high canted angle looking down the wall onto the subject, I also like the angles where it is looking over my shoulder. I think this angle is interesting as it adds a perspective and also a slight paranoia that someone is watching.

Furthermore, we experimented with some movement by taking photos of running and tried to get motion blur. This is done from adjusting shutter speed so that the camera opens light into its sensor for longer, these photos were also taken in a hallway which framed the photo well. Learning these camera helps for making photos with more meaning and depth to them.

21st September 2018

My image that uses mise-en-scene for meaning

For this task we were allocated a random genre for our image to create a moodboard. Our allocated topic was “punk”, after a period of ideas and research we began creating the moodboard and inserting images of musicians. Specific things we were looking for was the clothing they were wearing and the style of the photo. An action photo of the band playing live properly captures the punk genre I feel. Clothes such as leather and denim jackets are iconically punk along with messy hair and Dr Marten boots. I also included some modern punk artists which are inspired by these classic 90s punks but still put their own twist to it.

 

The groups response to the image was good as they picked up on all the key features of the personality. Everybody responded to him in a similar way about how he is a musician who pushes the boundaries and is very expressive. Their was a range of responses from the group and most were what we were aiming for.

For the photoshoot I was experimenting with multiple angles and poses. Personally, my favourite photos were of the duo together, and if I were ever to Redo this shoot I would take more of them together. Most of my photos I was trying to add a sense of movement in them such as him playing the guitar or smashing it. I also used multiple frames with him fully in the frame where you can see his feet and head, other photos where waist up focusing on less of him. A few photos came out very bland I feel for example the first few where he was very straight on to the camera and less expression.

I chose this as my favourite image as I feel this photo is the one with the most attitude and atmosphere to it. I like the proximity between the two subjects and how  the two are interacting. There is a great contrast between the masculine and feminine sides of the photo.

 

18th September 2018

Print Media That Communicates Meaning

This is my analysis of an album poster, the task for this was to take apart the images and understand why these details are here and what their message is saying. Being able to breakdown the images is an important part to studying media. When looking at this poster I was concentrating on “mise en scene” and commenting on all the components which correlate with it.  Things such as Costumes, Lighting, Actors, Makeup and Hair, Props and scene. For example because the subject is wearing  a mask it connotes the idea of crime or rebels. Applying this concept to any of my own production work later on in the course will help create better content.