October 20

Technical Camera Terms

We made this contact sheet to show how we used different shutter speeds for different photo shots. For example, we put the shutter speed to the highest for image 59 so it wasn’t blurry. Each of these photos tells a different story and how the distance and angles mean different things. Some of the camera techniques I used are the rule of thirds, close ups, long shots, wide angles, cantered angles and POV.

An extreme long shot illustrates isolation and abandonment whereas an extreme close up represents friendliness and openness. A high angle represents vulnerability and helplessness whereas a low angle portrays the idea of power and superior.

By experimenting with the different shutter speeds, angles and distance, this will help me with my music magazine as I can then use a photo that will engage the reader and makes them feel what the artist is feeling.

October 13

The Camera Talks

As you can see, this is a moodboard I made on GoBoard.com. We went around the school taking photos of things and people that went underneath the categories; angle, distance and composition. We then picked our three favourites for each category and these were the ones that we liked the most. The first, second and seventh are angle shots. The third, eighth and ninth are composition and the fourth, fifth and sixth are distance. I hash-tagged connotations for what each photo means to the audience.

My personal favourite is bottom middle as it gives the impression of loneliness and helplessness. It also gives the sense of not being in the same world as everyone else and doesn’t quite fit in with everyone else. It looks like he is trapped in a separate world and asking for help.

My other favourite is the middle one as he looks quite sinister and evil. The picture has a blurred background which makes us look at the person first and makes him stand out. It is a mid close up and a POV angle which engages the reader more.

October 13

My Copy of Professional Magazine Front Page

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We used the same professional magazine cover to create our own copy of it using indesign. I tried to match the font, colour and size to the professional one but I found it hard to copy it exactly as I didn’t know what font they used.

The parts I found hard to match the original magazine was the picture. The picture didn’t fit the page properly so it is very squished widthways and stretched lengthways. The picture also looks very flat and 2D which doesn’t make the picture stand out. I will need to put a drop shadow to make it look 3D.¬†Another thing I didn’t know how to do was to put a black outline around the NME so it doesn’t look as bold as the original.

The things I was happy about were the proportions and colours of the writing. The writing needed to be a bit bigger and bolder in some areas but the masthead I think looks very much like the original but it has to be a bit bolder. I also think the background went well with a lighter middle and getting darker towards the edge however the colours aren’t the same as the original.

October 9

Lick & Stick-mock up


As you can see we have made a post it note mock up of this magazine with all the technical features on, for example the masthead, plugs, pugs and so on. The main cover line is very bright and bold compared to the background and the insets which makes the cover line stand out.

I now know that the main cover line and the main image has to be big and stand out so that we know what the magazine is about, This will help me with my magazine cover as I now know the layout of the magazine cover and what needs to stand out and what needs to stay back in order to attract the right thing.





September 26

My image that uses mise-en-scene for meaning

Molly and I created a mood board representing the Western and Country genre that inspired us. As you can see western and Country includes cowboy hats and boots, guitars, checkered shirts, plaits and jeans. You can also see the setting of this type of genre which is very country like and this genre reminds me of farmers because of the way they are dressed and the scenery.

We put together a few costumes to see which one worked best and this was the outcome. She is wearing a cowboy hat, high boots, a side bag and a fur coat. We also plaited her hair to make her look more country like.

As a class, we decided on a few adjectives that describes the Country and Western genre. These are some of the ideas that occurred to the class:

  • Social
  • Kind
  • American
  • Cowgirl
  • Wild


We made a contact sheet to show all the different kinds of poses a country and western person does. We took photos at different angles to experiment with the lighting and to see which angle worked best. We also took photos with and without props to get the feel of the country life.

Please click below to see my contact sheet.

I chose this photo because it portrays the best country genre. She looks very happy and relaxed which implies that country and western music is more relaxed than rock or punk or hip hop. Seeing her smiling and looking happy makes the country and western music feel happy and bright.


September 15

Print media that communicates meaning

I was given the task to analyse this Rita Ora magazine cover to promote that every poster/magazine has some sort of meaning or is put there for a reason. Every poster has lighting, colours, costumes, some sort of prop, makeup and hair styled to fit the theme. For example the hair is styled in a way that makes her look outgoing, wild and fun which makes the audience feel more engaged and interested in her music and her. The colours are also very light which gives the sense of vintage.

By annotating this poster, it will help me to be able to create a magazine that will include Misce-en-scene. It will also help me to understand that everything is there for a reason.