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So how did it go?

I think overall, I did very well. Not only did I manage to develop and learn my production skills, but I also created and designed my own music magazine. I feel like this is a huge achievement and I am pleased with the way things turned out.

I think after finishing I actually chose the right genre to aim my magazine at. This is because pop music is a very open and very wide genre which meant that I wasn’t as limited as other genres. I had more freedom to express the genre that I wanted without it not being conventional. The research that we did before creating and starting to make the magazine helped a lot as I learnt a lot about already existing magazines but also about who I needed to aim my magazine at.

Question 3: So… How did your production skills develop throughout this project?

Using a program called Voice Thread, we had to make a presentation and record our voice over the top. I talked about all of the production skills I learnt and all of the skills that devloped during the course of making and designing my music magazine. Below is the presentation talking about the production skills that include Transferable skills, Technical skills and Creative skills.

So… How is it going?

During this term I have learnt and developed loads of production techniques. These include skills on Photoshop and Indesign but also about media terms and how to incorporate them into my designs. On Photoshop I have learnt loads of skills based around making a photo look more presentable for the media I was designing – this can be by using tools such as the spot healing tool or the sharpen and blur tool. On Indesign I have learn about the importance of formatting and laying out everything a certain way so it looks good. I have also learnt how the typeface and colour of a font can encode a certain message to the audience and, in my case, a certain genre.

I think I did better in Photoshop than in my Indesign documents only because in Photoshop it was obvious what I needed to do whereas in Indesign I had to come up with a layout for each page and a colour scheme which would match and look good together while they were also encoding the message of the genre ‘pop’ I was basing my design off of. Next time so that both areas go well for me, I need to make sure I plan out exactly what I need to be doing and how I am going to set certain things out so when it comes to the designing part I know what I need to do and expect as the outcome.

I think these skills have helped improve the product as I was able to help myself through all the stages of the design. For example, if my model was having a bad day and their skin wasn’t as clear as I would like it then I could fix that when I developed the image in Photoshop which then means when the image is inserted into my Indesign document it will look a lot better. I was also able to do things such as have a font look a certain way which would convey a certain genre and stereotype of the star image.

They have also helped me to manage my time better and stay organised. Meeting certain deadlines was an important factor throughout the whole designing process as we had a lot of work to complete in a limited amount of time. Another skill I learnt is accepting and responding to feedback which is a skill I already had so it has now been developed further. Taking in and getting feedback from peers has become a helpful and useful source for developing my work and making it better as they would have seen the design from a different perspective. Designing this bit of media has also improved my patience and resilience. When something went wrong and I lost some work I got better at dealing with it and sorting/recovering what I lost. I now understand the importance of the save button!

Design Skills 2

Since creating my contents and front cover for my magazine, I have gained loads of skills and developed the few I already had. I managed to do loads of development to my already scarce photo shop skills and other media skills. I am getting better at choosing font typeface and colours which will suit the genre I chose to convey. On my contents page I chose to use three photo that I took myself at the first and second photo shoot I did and I think they are the best part of the page and they look, in my opinion, the most professional. I made sure that both of my pages so far work together well and actually have used the same background colour which means that I can’t use that background colour again or it will look like too much. I will continue to work on my magazine and carry on conveying the genre ‘pop’ throughout  my magazine.

For example, one skill I learnt about the spot healing tool. This basically allows me to fix any blemishes or things that shouldn’t be there. In this case I used it to make the model’s skin look clearer and smoother.


Another tool used is the sharpen tool which allowed me to focus on the blue of my model’s eyes and make them even more captivating so the contrast with the bright red of the bandanna.


Using these skills made the pages I have designed look more professional and the star image be stronger. I didn’t want my photo shopped image to look too fake but I also wanted it to reflect the media role models of the genre ‘pop’.

Design skills 1

While creating my contents page I managed to get loads of new skills and develop the ones I already had. For example, I found how useful the cloning stamp can be when trying to make the background look better or even on the model’s face. I also used the bevel and emboss tool to make callouts on my magazine look more interesting and look more professional.

This is the cloning stamp. I used it on the model’s skin and the background.


This is the bevel and emboss tool that I used to make this circle look more appealing to the audience.



So… I am ready to photograph my star.

I have learnt that camera and mise-en-scene are very important when it comes to communicating a certain idea or message. I have been taught how to set up and use flash photography equipment which will help to make my photos look more professional also with the help of camera techniques that we have also been taught.

Mise-en-scene will help me know what I need to make sure to include when taking the photos. I can dress my model relevant to the genre ‘pop’ by looking at pictures of how other artists dress and have their hair and makeup. I will also be able to look at the facial expressions and poses that they do and use them in my shoot. This will attract the correct audience and make the whole magazine work better as a whole.

My star image needs to convey a confident but girly and feminine message to the audience. When looking into an already existing star image these were common denotations I got from how they are presented on their social media and I will need to have similar denotations encoded in my own star image. I also need to make sure to refer back to my production meeting plan so I know what I am doing throughout the shoot so I am organised and get everything done in the time I have.

So… I’m ready to make some media!

When it comes to me creating my own magazine firstly I will need to think about the photos that I include. How many photos I include and what camera technique will all help the magazine to look good and convey a certain genre. However, I don’t want to include too many photos because the page will look too overcrowded and therefore be unappealing for the intended audience. I shouldn’t be afraid of using the blank space on the magazine page as it could be relevant to the genre.

Another important thing I will need to consider is the fonts I choose to include. Font type is very important in encoding a type of genre and could ruin the whole magazine if done incorrectly.  I need to find out what type of fonts work better as Mastheads and sub-headings and what works better for information as it could stop someone from wanting to read it.

While creating my media magazine, my main focus is going to be on the intended target audience. The audience will help me to know what kind of things to include and how to word the information. For example, if the audience is young then I need to word my information in a fun, simplistic way to keep them interested and keep on reading.

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