Second Shoot Contact Sheet(s)

My favourite Images:


I really like the pose in this photo as well as the background. I will use this photo for my front cover as I feel it is more suited to my genre than the previous image used. I think the colour scheme works well and is an interesting image which would capture audience attention.

I also like this image as I feel the stairs work well with the overall aesthetic and portray the genre well. I most probably like to use this in the contents page along few an image from my first photoshoot.

This was another of my preferred images. I think I would like to cut Maisie out and use it on the double page spread as she will be my cover star and therefore the interview will be with her.


Overall, the shoot went well. Due to the weather we were restricted to where could we shoot however we managed to find some interesting places that were sheltered, such as the inner market square and HMV. In the majority of photos the lighting is good and they are all in focus. I managed to achieve my aims for the shoot and come out with some photos that will be appropriate for my magazine. Next time I need to work on my time management as we ran out of time and I would’ve liked more of a variety of photos.

Draft Feature Article

I wrote a draft article for my double page spread, here is the first recording:

Recording it allowed me to spot any errors I wasn’t previously aware of such as punctuation.

I reflected on the voice recording and set myself some targets to improve my article:

  • Correct any misused punctuation or add punctuation where necessary.
  • Restructure certain sentences and paragraphs
  • Rephrase some of the questions

From this reflection, I have completed a second draft of my article:

I will also get feedback from my teacher to help my improve my article and provide me with a third draft.

Article Idea Development

After taking looking at and analysing other magazine articles, I am now ready to construct my own.

Below is a document where I first looked at what sorts of ideas I would like to include and how my article will be constructed. The document thens continues with a draft of my article.

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Language Analysis

Designing and creating our magazine is just part of the task, we are also required to write a double page article.

In order to help us complete this and ensure it is to a professional level, we have been set the task to analyse an article from a professional magazine and consider how it is written.

Previously we agreed that their needs, uses and pleasures included:


  • Up to date information (gigs, trends, available media…)
  • Fashion ideas / new looks
  • Gaining an insight into stars’ lives and personalities
  • A reflection of their own values, attitudes and beliefs

We were given a variety of articles to chose from, including…

  • Biography
  • Intro to a long read
  • 10 Tips for Life
  • Q&A
  • New Band
  • Album Reviews
  • Interview

I have chosen to unpick and analyse an interview.

The article is an interview titled ‘Adam Lambert: don’t look back’ and is featured in the Billboard magazine, published 20th June 2015. During the interview, Lambert discusses his experiences and struggles during his career in the music industry. Lambert’s music has been influenced by numerous genres including classic rock, pop and electronic music.

The article is a double page spread presented as in interview in Billboard magazine. In the interview we are not aware of the journalist as they do not speak and Lambert consistently speaks throughout. For the reader, this creates an idea that they are with Lambert and are able to almost feel involved in a conversation with him. The article is written in 1st person which once again reinforces a personal feel to the interview. I feel there is a clear introduction and conclusion, indicating the focus of the interview and providing a sense of closure to the interview. The journalist captures the readers attention in the introduction, describing Lambert, using language such as ‘kick-ass’, ‘6-foot-1’, ‘newly muscled’ etc. This ensures the readers attention has been captivated and they are interested in Lambert and intrigued to know more. The actual interview itself creates the impression that us as the readers are involved with Lambert and we get an insight into his life. The article portrays the genre of music by using certain adjectives to describe Lambert and his lifestyle which represent his music. The design of the article itself looks professional and the aesthetics work well. They have incorporated colours and photos to make it look more interested and the vibrancy of the yellow particularly stands out. The interview is very personal and the journalist writes ‘After six years in the spotlight, Lambert, 33, is still trying to find himself and his comfort zone’. This allows the reader to understand how Lambert is feeling and ables them to relate to his struggles. As a result of reading the article the reader will be able to understand Lambert in a more personal way and get to know him better allowing his fans to maybe interpret his music in a different way.

The article is very honest and Lambert opens up about his experience in the music industry. Lambert is presented as independant and has a clear idea of the type of music he wants to produce. “So I sat with the idea and started researching the time period, but it just wasn’t resonating with me. It felt forced.” This shows he isn’t afraid to stand up for himself when something doesn’t feel right.


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Production Agenda Meeting for 2nd Photo Shoot and Risk Assessment

In preparation for my 2nd photo shoot for my magazine, I have created a plan of the shoot. I have included where the shoot is, the models for the shoot, costumes, props and another other useful information. Below is this plan:

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From this shoot, I am hoping to come out with some good quality photos that will be suitable for my magazine and fit my genre.

I have chosen outfits that I will a pop artist would wear. Artists are always captured looking good and always prepared for the camera, I will my outfits represent this. I have also ensured jewellery is worn as attention to detail is particularly important.

I am hoping to find locations which are interesting and capture the audiences eye.

Due to the the shoot being outside of school, below is a risk assessment that has been completed.

A New Improved Front Page

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Above is a new improved version of my magazine cover.

From the feedback I got and personal dislikes, I have made some changes to my cover:

  • I changed the boarder colour to a darker shade of blue which means the text stands out more and contrasts the darkness of the boarder.
  • I changed some of the type faces to ensure they are clear to read and also look more aesthetically pleasing.
  • I made the cover star bigger which I learnt from my feedback. This makes sure all the attention is on her and the audience is immediately attracted to her.
  • I added the magazine’s Instagram account which will keep fans engaged and also mean the magazine gets more coverage as it will be featured on multiple platforms.
  • I edited the masthead so it was bigger and also removed the white as I felt just pink was more vibrant and striking, the feedback I got was to make the masthead bigger so I listened to my feedback and made appropriate changes.
  • I changed the position of the writing on the side as I felt before it was too big and took attention away from my cover star and masthead.


All of these changes will ensure my magazine is as successful as it can be and appeal to my target audience. This task has helped me to learn what changes need to be done and how my work can be improved as well as listening to feedback to hear other peoples point of views; these skills will be helpful in future tasks

At the moment, I am happy with my magazine cover however, with more feedback, I am likely to makes some changes in the future and once I know more about the rest of my magazine, I’m sure there will be some changes that need to be done.


Draft of Front Page

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Above is the first draft of my magazine cover. I feel the aesthetic and cover star represent my chosen genre of pop and the colour scheme works well with the image and is pleasing to the eye. I think it is very unique and quite striking which will therefore stand out from my competitors.

The feedback I got from a fellow student included:

  • The colour scheme was likeable and attracts the audiences attention
  • Some of the fonts didn’t quite work
  • The writing on the side should be longer
  • The cover star could be slightly bigger

This feedback has been very useful for this task as it has helped me to understand what the target audience is looking for and what they are most likely to buy. It will help me make useful changes in order to better my magazine.

My specific targets:

  • I will in enlarge my cover star which will ensure all attention is on her
  • I will change some of the fonts so it is aesthetically pleasing and all works well together
  • I will make the masthead bigger

First Shoot Contact Sheets

Above are a range of contact sheets taken from my shoot. I tried my best to use a wide range of angles and a variety of poses however in some of the photos the lighting wasn’t right.





Above are a couple of my favourite photos from the shoot. These are the options I am deciding between for my magazine cover. I chose these as they are all in focus and are very clear. I will most likely use the blue photograph for my magazine cover as it stands out due to the colour, I like the pose and I think the distance between the model and the camera works well. I also like the direct eye contact between the model and the camera. I also like the pink image however it is not as clear and the pose is less striking.

Mast Head Designs

These are my initial ideas for my mast head. I decided I wanted the mast head to be in capital letters as it will make it bolder and more striking. I designed them all in black and white as I have not decided which photo I will use for my magazine and therefore I don’t know what sort of colour scheme I will go for. I think the first design is most probably my favourite as I feel it is quite unique and will stand out from my competitors.

So…I am ready to photograph my star

My mission statement: ‘Tea’ acts as a guide to the most popular music each week. It is published on a weekly basis because of how popular it is amongst pop music fans and the demand from the target audience who want to see new artists and fresh music each week. It provides the target audience will useful information such as the charts, new and trending artists and new music. It also include stories from the featured artists and bands as well as interviews in which they will spill the tea. The magazine inspires young people who are interested in pop music and encourages individuality across readers.

Brand Value: ‘Tea aims to provide something for everyone’

Importance of mise-en-scene:

  • costume
  • lighting
  • acting and proxemics
  • make-up and hair
  • props
  • setting

What I have learnt about a camera:

  • shutter speed
  • aperture
  • framing
  • distance
  • shot type
  • angle

Mis-en-scene and camera techniques will be useful when photographing my cover star and enable me to come out with a variety of photos. My mission statement will also help me to ensure my magazine is appealing to my target audience and is popular among pop lovers; for this I can refer to Richard Dyer’s Paradox of the star theory, my fans will want to see the star as :

  • Extraordinary – talented , amazing
  • Ordinary – fail exams , go shopping
  • Present – fan sites, social media
  • Absent – concerts , tv interviews

Stuart Hall is another media theorist who explains how society interacts and how individuals in society have different interpretations and responses to media. His ideas are known as ‘Reception Theory’. This theory states that the way in which an audience have individual interpretation of a media text and that reading is a two stage process. 

  • The producer encodes ideology into a text and wishes it to be read in a particular way. 
  • The audience then decodes the text, but they also bring their own ideology to the text.

The factors that may cause people to read differently include:

  • Demographic
  • Psychographic
  • Situated Culture
  • Cultural Experience

All the things I have learned will provide me will the knowledge to ensure a successful shoot.