My Tour Poster



I used this mood-board to give me inspiration for different fonts, colours, layouts and images.


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My evaluation
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What I did well – i followed the brief and included pretty much everything the audience will need to know. I also ensure that I followed the typical conventions of this genre. It is clear and inviting and attractive for my target audience.

Targets – I think I could have improved on the layout of my poster. For example I could’ve moved the important information to the eye line of my model, rather than underneath it. I also think that there was quite a lot of empty space, which I could have improved my making the size of my model larger and then altering the layout of the rest of the text on the poster.

Overall I was pleased with how my poster looks, and I am now confident I will be able to transfer similar to skills when making my music magazine.

My Magazine Front Page Swede




The past few sessions copying my magazine swede, I have been able to develop my skills using, indesign. I had never used this piece of software before, but I now think I will be successful in creating my own music magazine. I learnt how to change the font, and then edit that text, eg. using colours, strokes and spacing. I also used grids and columns to align my text over the page, in proportion to the image. I think I was successful in choosing similar fonts to the original cover, however I was unable to find a high quality image that was similar to the original shoot. This meant that I was unable tot copy the cover exactly as the black and white image meant I had to change the colour of the cover lines from black to white. I think my choice of image did change the tone of the cover, from quite playful & fun, to quite serious & brooding.

Overall I think I have got a good idea on how to use this piece of software and will be able to use it again successfully when creating my own magazine. Here are the tutorials I used when practicing with indesign:

This video demonstrates the difference between fill and stroke colours as well as how to change them.

This video gives information on how to input text, change fonts, sizes and spacing, etc as well as how to arrange text and create different effects with it.

This video covers most aspects of the different tool I will likely use in Indesign such as drawing shapes, selecting and text. I think this video is especially helpful for new users of this software or for whenever reminders are needed.


The Camera Talks


Made with Padlet


Each image is annotated with three hashtags; camera term, denotation & connotation. We were tasked with taking a range of photos with different poses, angles and distances, and then annotating them with hashtags, that best narrate the images. I think my favourite image is the picture of Amber sat behind the ‘Do Not Enter’ tape. This is because the picture really tells a story which could be interpreted in different ways, for example she may be portraying a rule breaker because of her pose and her emotion, however she could also be seen as shy and possibly insecure, because of the high angle, making her look inferior. I also like the picture behind the bushes. I think there is a sense of shyness within the girl, but also another side of playfulness as it looks quite youthful and light-hearted.

I think that we were quite successful with our images, as we varied our frames, shots & poses and still took good quality photos. I think, for our first shoot, we learnt a lot of skills, but we also have found things which we can work on our next shoots.  For example improving lighting by altering shutter speed and aperture, or ensuring the photos are more in focus by using a tripod.

Technical Camera Terms


In a still image such as a magazine cover, meanings are portrayed using mise en scene and different angles & frames with a camera. For example low angles of the model, make them appear more superior and confident. Or if the photographer wants to make the model look vulnerable they may use a high angle to make them appear ‘smaller’.

However, in film, directors also use these things (angles, distances & frames), to enhance emotions and scenes. For example, a two shot will either show a strong connection or a poor relationship, depending on the mise en scene.

When using a DSLR camera, it is important to set up the camera properly, to get the best quality photos. These settings are:

  1. ISO – Controls sensitivity to light, can produce a grain.
  2. F stop – Changes the focal point or depth of field. Is the aperture settings.
  3. Shutter Speed – Controls lighting. Fast shutter speed can take a picture of a moving object to get a still crisp image, and a slow shutter speed can show motion in a moving object.
  4. Shooting Mode – usually in ‘M’ (manual mode)
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I think we took a wide range of different shots, with different distances, angles or frames. Some frames, where we took multiple shots, you can see the changes in focus and exposure as we adjusted the exposure. I think we will be able to improve the clarity by using a tripod & adjusting the focus to the specific lighting.

I will able to incorporate these features of a DSLR camera as well as different poses & mise en scene when taking images for my tour poster and music magazine to help create a certain mood or feature particular themes.

My image that uses mise-en-scene to communicate meaning.


Our allocated genre was Pop Music. We were pleased to have this genre as it very current & popular amongst teenagers like ourselves, so it was quite good fun to replicate.

Mise en scène consists of:

  • Costume
  • Lighting
  • Acting & Proxemics
  • Makeup & Hair
  • Props
  • Setting

When arranging our model, we considered the typical characteristics of our genre, we did this by creating a mood board of different pop artists to see what outfits, hair, makeup and poses they used, and then used them with different lighting and settings.

From our mood board it is clear that there is a large variety in styles for pop artists, eg between Billie Eilish and Taylor Swift. Many of the poses saw the artists place their hands around their face, creating an ‘innocent’ type look. The lighting is usually bright, highlighting their face, and neon lights are often used to create a bright, fun effect.


Made with Padlet


When taking our photo we ensured to follow all the types of mise en scène. For example, we used bright lighting, on the model, which contrasts with the black background, which makes the model stand out more, just like if she was on stage. We stuck to a colour scheme of three main colours, pink, white and black, a very similar colour scheme to barbie, which is often used in  many pop videos or images. This is quite a flirty and girly colour scheme which fits well with the themes of our genre.  Using bright colours such as pink fits in with the typical conventions of this genre & we emphasised this by the costume, of the pink skirt and the heart shape glasses. The heart shaped glasses connote fun or love, which many pop songs are written about.

Mise en scène is important as it helps the audience distinguish between genres, feelings & relationships by adjusting costumes, proxemics & lighting, etc. We will consider what went well with our practice photo, such as the lighting and colours and consider what other components of mise en scène we can add to our photo next time

Print Media that Communicates Meaning


This tour poster is quite a different style to many of The Weeknd’s other posters. The background of the poster is a warm yellow, which accentuates the black outline of his face. This is significant as it clearly shows his signature hair style, which he is well known for. The image of The Weeknd has been posterised which has added depth to his face, emphasising his serious facial expression. The bold colours, in contrast to the black, as well as the image chosen, staring down into the camera, makes the poster very eye-catching. The overall design is quite ‘rough’ rather than a possibly more traditional glossy tour poster, like many other artists, which also accentuates the confidence of The Weeknd and the boldness of his tour poster.

The colour red, used in bold for the title, may connote feelings of love and passion. This is relevant to The Weeknd, as many of his songs are written about his passionate feelings. The colour yellow could be seen as a colour of remembrance. This may be because some of the songs in this album or on this tour are about reminiscence to his past. His past may also be represented by his stage name, The Weeknd. The spelling mistake in ‘Weekend’ may be to show what his background was like, eg lack of education.

The featured artists are in boxes which separates them from the rest of the poster. Bold typography & different fonts are used in the text on the poster, which highlights and makes all the information clear and separated. There is also very minimal information which would be appealing to his target audience as when looking at a poster, they would only look for the important and relevant information points.