My Tour Poster


This is the poster that I have made, that is meant to be selling a Western tour, releasing a new hit single along the way. I have used a picture that was taken to show genre in magazine covers (in which I was meant to portray a country singer, as you can clearly see by the costume, font, colours and language used in this poster), which has in fact been on this blog before in my contact sheet. I have used what I have learnt in the last few weeks using Indesign and Photoshop by doing my own thing, getting stuck in and experimenting, but also watching and observing various YouTube tutorials (In which I have also written about in this blog) and web searches to create this cover, and have fully assessed what I have liked, what I have disliked and what I personally think that I can improve on. I have embedded a document below, stating these:






My Copy of a Professional Magazine Front Page


On the right, I have a magazine cover, made by the company NME, who have interviewed the band, and now have put them on the front cover, in an attempt to lure some of their fans to go out and buy the magazine, so that they can learn more about their favourite band, and how are willing to spend money, to go and find out more about them. I have attempted to recreate their front cover, and even though I did not get everything correct. For example:

  • I think I could improve on the Insets
  • I believe that although it is good, some text is more spread out
  • The picture is not the same, and has a lighter background, and thus the writing is not see as easily as in the original

I do think that a lot went well. For example:

  • I like my use of the colour pink in the font
  • I believe I did my text quite well, for example, the bottom writing was good and in my personal opinion, quite close to the original
  • The small details, such as the ‘The’ in the ‘A’ of Vaccines is there.

Therefore, I think I had a unique and original re-creation of the original cover, that mostly succeeded in what I wanted it to.

Below, are three videos that I believe helped me make the magazine. I believe that I learnt a thing or two from each one:

When I go to do a real magazine, I will re-watch these videos, and will set a targets for myself. This will include, using layers better, and making sure that my insets are nice and neat, and do not look as put in as they actually are. I will also try and keep colour consistent, as up until the end of the making of this poster, I found it difficult. To add to this, I will be making sure that my font is accurate and exerts the feeling of the magazine, as although I did have a good font in this photo, it is still not 100% similar to the original.


Lick and Stick Mock-Up















On the left, there is a picture that I drew, trying to copy the image of the Vaccines photo cover (As shown on the right). We have aimed to recreate it as closely as possible, labeling the conventional technical design features. The ‘Vaccines’ main cover line, the masthead and the main cover stars behind the cover line, are the things you first see, and so now I know that the most important features to a magazine cover, in terms of conventional technical design features, is the cover line and masthead, and therefore I will spend the most time making them stand out when I come to make my own magazine cover.


The Camera Talks

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Here I have my nine favourite photos that I took on the shooting days. I have put them on this moodboard, and have started to ‘hashtag’ them, describing what was going on in the picture, how it makes the audience feel, and what effect we were trying to get. We have also used technical terms, such as camera angles, distance and composition in there. In purple I have done the technical terms, and in the blue, I did what it made us feel, and what we were trying to get. I have used 3 of each angles, distance and composition, to try and get the most diverse shots on my moodboard as possible. We also played with lighting a bit so we could get different feels, and so you may notice the top right picture, has a different feeling in comparison to the middle right.

Now that I have taken my photos, I have seen that the best ones are the photos that give off the best story. For example, my personal favourite is the point of view, stalker shot because it paints a picture in your mind and makes the person looking at it ask questions. Therefore, when making my cover,  I will use a picture that will entice people to buy my magazine, because the cover photo has given them enough, but not too much to stay intrigued. I have also learnt that lighting is extremely important. When taking my photo, I will probably use darker lighting to try and intrigue people into buying it, as the cover might be mysterious. I like the rule of thirds, used in the bottom right photo, and so I will use that when it comes to my own possibly in my own cover.


Technical Camera Terms


These are pictures from my impromptu photo shoot. I have experimented with a wide range of angles, techniques and distances to try and get a diverse range of pictures, and personally, I believe I have succeeded in my aim. I have 3 pictures experimenting with each angles, techniques and distances. Myself and my partner switched up who was taking the pictures, and once we had a good idea, we would tell the other person to go and pose there. We took dozens of photos, and so we could see them after the shoot, and narrow them down to our 9 favourites. We thought that the more photos we took, the more likely it was that we got some good ones, and I definitely agree that some of these are great. I especially like 2149, 2042 and 2141. We used long shot, medium shot, close up, framing, point of view shot, high camera angles, low camera angles and everything in between! Our composition for these photos was excellent if I say so myself…

This will help me, because now I know what I am good at when taking pictures, and what I can improve on in the future, and as each picture tells a story, I will adopt various angles, distances and frames for my own magazine, to tell these different stories and moods. As you can possibly see in the pictures, there are quite a few blurry ones. Therefore when doing my photo shoot, I will work on making it so pictures aren’t blurred. I have also learnt that mid to long shots are my best, so unless I can improve upon close up shots, I should use a medium shot on my magazine. Therefore, this photo-shoot has helped me, because now I know what I am good at, and what type of shots I should use on my magazine cover, and what shots I should try and stray away from.


My Image that Uses Mise en Scène for Meaning


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:






Print Media that Communicates Meaning

On a magazine cover, or poster, everything put in there (mise en scene) is there for a reason. Whether it be colours, lighting, the picture, or text. This Olly Murs poster has all of these. I have explained why the poster targets certain demographics, and how it does so, as well as its style, and why everything is there. I know have learnt the importance of colour, and its meaning. After looking at this poster, I have been influenced to use a black and white picture to illustrate edginess and mystery to appeal to a wider demographic. However, because colour is important, and so again taking inspiration from this poster, I will make the writing stand out by giving the writing bold colours. Finally I have learnt that a slogan is very important to attract. Something like ‘Never been Better’ will make a lot of people interested, and therefore when I make my own, I shall find a slogan to use to attract more viewers. I will also find a symbol, and will make the slogan and symbol in an appropriate colour/style relative to the style of the magazine. If I go for a more edgy magazine, they might be quite gothic, and dull coloured. If it will be more of a magazine for a younger crowd, I might do them more colourful, upbeat, vibrant and happy.