So… How can an image communicate meaning?

I now know that images can communicate meaning through a combination of camera and mis en scene, for example, in chicken run they use different angles on the camera to create a feeling for the audience such as when the camera is looking down onto the chickens from the butchers perspective it gives them a sense of fear for the chickens and empowerment for the butcher.

I know now that this will change how I design and format my magazine construction, this shows me now how one image can give such a background story and lead your mind off in different perspectives. I now know that I will think more carefully about what angle photos I will take whether it is a high angle shot to give vulnerability or a low angle shot to give power and dominance.

My Magazine Front Cover Swede

The point was to learn how to use in-design and to learn how magazine front pages are made. What I did well with in my magazine page was finding the right fonts to match them on the magazine page.

I copied a magazine cover of NME with Joe Strummer on it, unfortunately I couldn’t find the photo so I used a photo of Snoop Dog.

 

Three things I found easy were:

  • Working out the sizing of the writing so it would all fit in the page and be in the same place.
  • All the colours were simple to replicate onto my magazine.
  • The masthead of my magazine looks similar to the real magazine.

However three things that didn’t go well were:

  • I should’ve put more weight on some of the writing to make it a bit thicker as it looks thinner on my magazine.
  • On some of the words it is not clearly visible because the words are too dark.
  • I should’ve made the image black and white
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These are some videos that will help guide you to making a good magazine cover and will help me in the future with indesign.

 

The Camera Talks

Above is my mood-board of my 9 favorite photos with different denotations and connotations to create a narrative. For example, the midshot of my model sitting on the stairs. This represents how serious he is and reflecting on his thoughts. We also added a slight slouch to his posture to infer a casual slide to the picture and infer a laid back side to my model. The mis-en-scene creates a narrative to each of my compositions.

Audience Profiling

In this task I was analyzing a front page of a magazine. My assigned magazine was about the 1975, we used a website called yougov to find out the different types of audiences that like the 1975 and what other things they might like. This gave us a idea on what kind of audience read this magazine. We found out that the 1975 is popular both with men and women and the age group is millennial’s this is the age group of 20-37 years old. we also looked at how many people in Great Britain actually know about the 1975 and only 43% of people from Great Britain have heard of them. You need to know your clientele because you need to know the type of features that would stand out and make them want to buy the magazine, you would need to look at the colours, background, the artists surrounding the main artist on the front cover to convince people to buy it.

Technical Camera Terms

 

In my photos I was focusing on the different ranges such as long range, mid range and close range. I think my close up photos were the best photos in my opinion, I think they gave more of a background story by the facial expressions and the way there body is faced. I also like my Two-shot photos because they give a good background and gives many ideas of what the story behind the photo could be. I also tried to vary the angles I took my photos from, I tried low angle shots, high angle, I also tried different camera movements such as zooming in and out, tilting the camera.

This will help me with my magazine now because I know what angles would look best and I know now which angles with a camera I need to improve on. I also learned all the settings on the camera and which settings are suitable for what scene I am in and how light or dark the room is.

 

 

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

In this task I was allocated a genre, my genre was Psychedelic Rock and I had to investigate the conventions. I discovered that Psychedelic Rock was mainly based around bright neon colours and very multi-colourful. It gives off a very relaxed and chilled vibe for people who don’t really care and look at everything positively.

We then dressed our models in conventional Psychedelic Rock costumes because we understood what the mis-en-scene looked like, the models were dressed up in hippie glasses with these hippie necklaces. They also wore a paisley shirt and a long dark red and black robe which gave off a chilled vibe.

We asked the audience to provide us with the connotations and the vibe of what they looked like. Some of the replies were words such as; Natural, Exquisite and Energetic.

I chose my final photo that is going to be on the tour poster because in these photos they have really good facial expressions and body language.  When I come to make my magazine I know how important it is to have the right costumes, makeup and what facial expressions and body language they use.

 

 

 

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The Media Ecology. Map of concepts and mediascape.

Media ecology is how all of our media is linked together and one would not make sense without the other, these are the 8 types of media ecology:

  • Money
  • Institutions
  • Audience
  • Technology
  • Creators
  • Distribution
  • Social Media
  • Government
One of the points we tried to display from our Lego land was how a community can impact basic survival, we did this by showing a animal locked up but that animal was locked up for the reason of keeping peace. This is because if the animal was let out it would kill anything that was in its way or the animal would be killed. Locking it up would keep everyone safe and at peace.

Above is a collection of mind maps that show in detail how media ecology operates. When I make my magazine I now understand that i’ll have to consider distribution patterns, audiences and the law.

 

I’m a media prosumer

The board I have created shows all the types of media that I am surrounded by. Media is how everyone communicates today and this is how they find out all there daily news on what else is going on in the world. Media is spreading rapidly across the whole world and it is making it easier for everyone whether is reading the newspaper or reading it online, people are making it easier and faster to look at the news.

Blumler and Katz are media theorists who are argue people consume media for four reasons:

  • Entertain
  • information
  • Social interaction
  • Personal Identity

For example I watch Netflix for entertainment and I listen to the radio to be informed about what is going on in other places in the world.

In order for my magazine to be successful I know that i’ll need to make it not just entertaining but informative and allow my audiences to interact with each other.