In this task we were asked to create a media poster for a particular genre. We started by taking our own photos of one of our peers but in a specific style that would be relevant to the given genre. We then had to compose the poster on the programs Photoshop and InDesign so that the final product could possibly look up to a professional standard. I have never used any of these so I wasn’t expecting my final product to be of a high quality but I am happy with what I was able to create. I now know many skills that I can use and develop to make my product of a better quality and improve my overall product.
Targets for improvements:
- Firstly, I think I could’ve got a better background which was more relevant to the particular genre.
- Secondly, I think i could’ve used a bit more colour such as bright red or purple which are common colours used by the genre.
- Thirdly, I think I need to become better skilled in Photoshop and InDesign so that I can do more with my media.
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After we had converted all the image onto the computer we had to choose the ones we thought worked the best and put them into a second mood-board. We hash-tagged the camera technique, the connotations and the denotations of the pictures we took. I think overall our group did a really good job and the quality of the photos are really good but next time I think we need to have more variation of the camera techniques. For example, the Establishing shot which is pictured on the top left in my opinion is the best photo as the framing and body language of the model tell the story the best while the camera technique is also pictured well. This combination of the photography and the Mise en Scene will help me to convey genre in my magazine as body language and facial expression shows the mood of the model but the actual camera technique will also help to convey the story of my chosen magazine genre.
I have linked the website I used to create this mood-board on the image.
For this project, we were asked to take loads of different photos in different styles such as framing, angle, facial expression, acting, depth of field while also thinking about telling a story. We made sure to use different camera techniques throughout the shoot to see what worked best with which body language/ facial expressions. The camera techniques we used were close-up, long-shot, mid-shot, establishing shot, canted shot, high angled shot, low angled shot, depth of field and many others. By using these different techniques combined with the use of MES, I will be able to convey a story when it comes to me creating my music magazine. We ended up taking around 50 photos which we later realized some of these didn’t turn out how we expected and we wouldn’t be able to use them. However, some of the photos such as 94 and 95 worked out really well.
We were allocated a genre of music and we needed to find images of conventions relevant to the genre such as clothing, lighting, acting, makeup and hair, props and settings ( CLAMPS). We then needed to find all of the connotations and denotations of the genre and talk about the conventions. These conventions could be anything form the facial expression of the model or certain typefaces. As a group, we then had to encode all of these connotations and denotations onto the relevant image. I will need to consider the conventions of the genre of music that I have chosen especially when it comes to me creating my media magazine. This work is going to help me as I will have an idea of what to look into when it comes to me taking the photos and presenting it in the magazine.
After we had taken all of the photos, each model lined up and we had to write down the connotations of the characters they were dressed as. Our genre of music was heavy rock hence the fact that our model is wearing a leather jacket with gloves and black makeup. This obviously worked as the connotations people decoded were relevant to the genre of music we had.
In the contact sheet, there was certain photos that worked and certain ones that didn’t. For example, 68, 69, 51, 47, 90 and 91 don’t really work not due to the quality of the photo bu due to the fact that they do not go with the theme. Photos such as 81, 76, 70, 65, 56 and more would work as the audience will be able to encode the correct theme. I chose number 76 as the best image as it, in my opinion, worked the best out of every other photo.
I think this image worked the best as it’s the clearest and the best one suited for the genre. Images such as 51 and 69 we wouldn’t be able to use as the model is smiling so it wouldn’t be suited for the genre. Here, the model could be portrayed as rebellious and dark which goes with the genre of our given music type (heavy rock).
When annotating this media poster, I had to look into the connotations and the denotations of the different attributes of the band poster. I also had to look into how and what the producer is trying to get across to the audience. The producer must try to encode the media poster with signs and symbols – this could be through fonts, colours, images etc. All of these signs and symbols must give the audience an idea of what the message is in the poster. For this particular media poster, a denotation is her facial expression which is strong and confident.
I will need to encode some of these things in my music magazine to make it more interesting for the audience. I will need to know what kind of message I am trying to show to the audience by having the correct background choice, good lighting, fonts and the body language of the models. In this media poster, the producer has used a plain background which focuses all the attention to the model and text which helps to convey the strong and rebellious feel to the poster. When it comes to me creating my own media, I will make sure to include features that will help to convey a message to the audience as well as catches your eye to make people want to buy my media and promote the genre of media I am producing for.