Question 4: So… How did you integrate technologies (software, hardware and online) in this project?

This is my Piktochart on how I integrated technologies into this project.



So… How is it going?

Transferable Skills

I have learnt many transferable skills which have helped me throughout the production and post production of my magazine.

Research- Research has helped me when choosing my adverts, it has helped me understand which adverts would interest my target audience and therefore be suitable for my magazine. Research is a key transferable skill as you it is key in creating any type of media to have done background research on your target audience.

Communication- Communication has helped me when listening and responding to feedback, by listening to the feedback and adapting and improving my magazine it had assisted my communication skills by me listening to other peoples view points and improving my work.

Organisational– Being organised and keeping updated has really helped me through production and post production of my magazine, by prioritising the most important and most urgent work to do it has helped me keep updated with the necessary deadlines for my magazine.

Design Skills 2

I have learnt and used many more design skills through my production process.

Some of the tools I have used through Indesign and Photoshop are:

Curves tool

I found the curves tool very useful when editing my photos in Photoshop it allows you to adapt the colouring and brightness of the image which can make the image look more appealing and make the star stand out as this is essential in a magazine.

Eyedropper tool

I found the eyedropper tool very useful when editing my magazine it enabled me to find colours and the codes of them to ensure the magazines colours blend well together and compliment each other.

Image adjustments

I found the image adjustments tool very useful when editing the colouring of my image, it allows to to edit the vibrancy, exposure and colour balance in your image. By using this and the magic lasso tool you can adapt certain parts of your images colours.


Overall, these tools helped me edit my image and my magazine in order to effect my image and make my star look perfect which is essential, the tools allowed me to complete my designs and be certain that the correct narrative and genre is shown through my magazine. I think post productions is essential when creating the star image because all the visuals of my magazine effect the overall appearance of my star image the colour scheme, fonts and added effects all affect my overall star image.

Design Skills 1

Throughout creating my front page I have learnt various skills using the camera, developing my skills in Photoshop and Indesign.

Firstly, whilst photographing my model I learnt how significant it is to make sure your images are in focus, furthermore the angle and positioning of my model. Each element affects your image and the final effect of your front cover.

Next, in Photoshop I became more confident using the tools and cutting out my image. One tool which I learnt in Photoshop was the Curves tool, this allows you to edit the brightness and levels of light in the image. Another tool which I used throughout Photoshop is the Spot healing brush tool, this allows you to reduce redness in areas in the image.

Furthermore, in Indesign I have learnt skills such as the smoothing tool which allows you to make the image smoother and blend things together. Another skill which I have developed is editing texts to add an outer glow and drop shadows and editing the angle.

By developing my skills has really helped me be more confident throughout in design and Photoshop.

So… I am ready to photograph my star.

Brand Value-

The brand value for ‘Glossy’ is to convey class and stylish sophistication through our content and we always promise to provide inspiration through our magazine.

Mission Statement-

Glossy is a magazine which intends to empower woman through music whilst being classy and stylish. Our magazine aims to work on the empowerment of woman and also aims to covey authorization towards the woman of the pop industry. We promise to provide content which will interest and inspire our target audience and provide interviews with the latest woman in pop.

Camera and Mis En Scene-

Elements of Mis En Scene-

  • Setting
  • Lighting
  • Props
  • Acting
  • Makeup and Hair
  • Costume

Mis En Scene will create a huge impact in my magazine I need to ensure each element is planned out and suits my genre to ensure my magazine genre is conveyed through my star.


  • Aperture
  • Shutter speed
  • Distance
  • Framing
  • Shot type
  • Angle

When I am photographing my star I need to ensure my camera angles portray the correct impression for my genre and the sort of style I want to represent. I want my star to look powerful and portray style.



So… I’m ready to make some media!

When  I make my own magazine I need to think about various things such as, my target audience and their demographics I need to make sure my magazine appeals to their interests and attracts them.

Another thing I need to take into account when creating my magazine is the MES, I need to ensure each aspect of Mis En Scene fits into my pop genre.

Furthermore, I need to encounter a good colour scheme into my magazine and focus on colours which pop magazines typically use.

When making my magazine I also need to consider the Blumler and Katz gratification theory which is people consume media for these five reasons,

  • Entertainment
  • Information and Education
  • Personal Identity
  • Escapism
  • Social Interaction

Finally I also need to take into consideration AIDA when making my magazine. AIDA is:

  • Attract the audience
  • Engage their interest
  • Create desire
  • Call to action

In my magazine I am hoping to make the magazine name and important information stand out, I’m hoping my magazine catches my target audiences attention.



So… How can an image communicate meaning?

The Camera

I have learnt that there are many aspects which affect an image and create a narrative. For instance I have learnt that the framing can impact an image a high angle can make the subject look intimidated or vulnerable, were as a low angle can make the subject look in power or strong. Wide angle shots get the background in the shot and almost give the affect of the ‘bigger picture’. The distance in relation to the subject also impacts the narrative of the image for example, it can just show the subject or can include the background of the subject which can dramatically affect the story of the image. Also images can be shot through the point of view of the eyes of  a person this creates a real impact and is more dramatic for the viewer.

Mis En Scene

The MES of an image is made up of setting, lighting, props, acting, makeup and hair and costume. Each aspect affects the mood of the image. The setting effects the image by creating a theme or an over all background which significantly affects the over all image. The lighting affects the image by creating the emotion of the image for example if the lighting is dark it could be scary or if it is bright lighting it could be dramatic. The props can effect the subject of the image or affect the over all setting as if the props are precious or gold this creates the impact the subject is of the upper class or it is a wealthy setting.  The impact of the acting in the image can portray the subjects emotions and feelings. The make-up and hair can firstly show the subjects emotions but also their class for example if the subjects hair and makeup was nicely done this would create the impact they were of the upper class. The costume impacts the image by emphasising a theme or can show the subjects role/job, for example if the subject was wearing a white coat with a stethoscope you’d assume they were a doctor. Costume also portrays the class and culture of the subject.


Overall their are many significant factors which go into creating a narrative of an image. I have learnt that you could change a few minor factors and the images whole meaning could dramatically change.