In a few weeks, I will be designing a front cover for a magazine, and will be taking pictures in front of a greenscreen to do so. Therefore, to get a good feel of what to do, and how to do it, I am doing a draft. I am doing my photo shoot in a Western Music style. This is a picture of me with adjectives, describing what people thought of my costume. I am going to be taking pictures in a Western style. I am dressed like a stereotypical ‘cowboy’ and once I go to take some pictures, I will play up to the terms people labelled me as. I will try and pose as ‘Peaceful’, ‘Protective’ and ‘Friendly.’ When dressing, I tried to be as vintage as possible, not colourful, yet not gothic. I used plain colours, to show the plainness and suave of the cowboy. In terms of Mise En Scene, I have a guitar to show the soft and peaceful side of my character. I hold my guitar as close as possible to use proxemics. It shows I like my music, and use my guitar a lot.
After that, I made a collage of what is expected for people to wear and look like in the Western music world. It will help because when taking the picture for my magazine cover, I must conform to a stereotype, and look the part of a Western country singer. I will incorporate ideas such as the jeans and lumberjack shirt into my photoshoot. As I believe that they will give me a more ‘retro’ and ‘Patriotic look
Below are pictures of me from when I dressed up, to find out what felt and looked best for my photo shoot:
Now that I have taken the pictures, I have made a contact sheet, featuring each and every single one. I tried different angles, different clothing and different moods, to try and get the widest variety to choose from. Below are pictures from the photo shoot. There is a green screen behind us, for when we are using Photoshop, it will take the entire background as a whole, and let us find our own background. Here are all of the pictures that we took, all with a different angle, lighting, costume or mood.
After all of the pictures taken, I have chosen my favourite, and have put it below. I like this one, the lighting here is really nice, as it almost resembles the sun setting. Something that gives my character quite a retro feel. Mis en Scene is important in establishing a character, and the guitar is a big part of my characters personality. His ‘Friendliness’ and ‘Retro’ really get shown, especially as this is just a plain guitar, and not a more modern one. The costume is also a big part of making my character seem ‘Western’ and ‘Patriotic’, as it is quite stereotypical for this type of country singer. Therefore, I decided to go for this picture: