As you can see in the image above on the left I have recreated the magazine of ‘NME’ using post in notes and writing the technical terms for the magazine titles. Doing this will really help me when coming to the stages of creating my own front cover magazine as I will know where things should be places to catch attention and draw people in. So now I am more experienced with the layout and terminology of magazines, nearer to the time of creating my own front cover I will do another lick and stick hard copy in more depth and detail, and will also do a double page spread.
Here are 2 of my own magazine front cover interpretations.
Both of these images were studio pictures and I did a shoot of around 50 images per shoot and then when it came to the editing process choosing the image was the main focus for me as the image is the most important thing on the front as that is meant to grab your attention.
I watched a lot of In-design and Photoshop tutorials to achieve these front covers, I looked a lot into what goes on to the front of a magazine, from the small things like bar code and a date and then the mastheads and the images.
Things I am pleased with are… the images as I think they both have good styles and I had planned the MISE-EN-SCENE down to a T, I planned the makeup and hair before hand and I also planned a few of the shots before going straight into the shoot so I knew the type and style of images I was aiming for, this saved me a lot of time during the shoot so I didn’t have to stress about what angles would look good.
The things I think i could have done better, looking back now would be the fonts, the first magazine on the left could have had bolder writing and different fonts to make it stand out more, like the other magazine the writing is bold and colourful so its another thing that will grab the readers attention.
Here are 5 of my own images all shot at different angles to connote different meanings and express different ideas. Underneath each image there is a short description of the meanings behind the angles and the way I have shown emotions etc.
This image was taken at a medium long shot, this was also shot with slow shutter speed, slow shutter speed is pretty self explanatory and it just means after you click the button the image will be shot for a few seconds, this is how you create a motion image, these can be effective when you take images of dancers or any shoots where you’d like to catch movement, this works especially well with dresses and cars.
This is a medium long shot, the model looks helpless and quite vulnerable, the way I created this look was for my model to sit down on the floor, slumped with soft shoulders and to have shadowing. By this angle being a medium long shot you can also tell hes lonely as there is nothing around him and no colour to create a happier vibe.
This is a higher angle image, to get this picture I stood on a chair looking down on my model. By having the camera looking down on someone makes the readers see the subject as less powerful and weak. Also she looks mysterious because her face is hidden away by her hat.
This image is really effective and that’s because the model looks very vulnerable and innocent, as if she is looking up to someone else. She looks like she in not being the dominant one and this angle creates lots of confusion as you are left wondering what she is looking up at.
This image is my favourite one out of this contact sheet of angles and that is because you can see her dominance and her power just by the angle and her face angling. She is looking away from the camera and she has sunglasses on which creates more mystery to her and even more power. This angle is my favourite as you can read a lot by something so simple as a raised chin and a slightly lower angle.
There are many camera terms for the different angles you shoot at I went out and took a variety of different shots to show them and their camera term.. below are my images and their terms.
- Close up
- Long shot
- Medium shot
- Shallow depth of field
- Birds eye view
- Canted angle
These angles can make people look and represent peoples power/dominance just by their simply styling of MISE-EN-SCENE or the angles, for example, if i lay on the ground and take a picture looking up at someone this makes them seem like they have power over the viewers, if this is a close up low angle shot this would make the model seem vain and in control, that’s why most pop singers take images like this as they are strong, independent etc.
Here is my location shoots contact sheet where you can see the wide range of different angle as explained in the above paragraph.
This is one of my studio shoot images to show how I used MISE-EN-SCENE to create meanings. The genre for my magazine is pop and I thought these ideas would work really well, the idea for this shoot was for it to be pastel colours as it is fashionable and trendy . So therefore, I did the models hair into a plait as plaits are very in fashion and look pretty. The makeup was subtle but also current, she had top eyeliner and rose gold eye shadows to make her eyes contrast with her outfit and stand out as a main feature as her eyes are also a very pretty colour. Makeup is very in fashion, it seems as though the more you have on the more current and up to date you are with all the so called ‘pop princesses’ such as Dua Lipa, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Beyonce and many more icons.
Another thing which is really in fashion is, glitter and lights. These days when performers come on stage they have highlighter, glitter and sparkles everywhere, so for this shoot I got colours lights, as you can see in the image above I used red which really worked to catch the glitter I also placed in her hair lines.
Below you can see a few of the images on the mood board I have created to see all the styles I was trying to aim for in this pop genre shoot..