Category Archives: Creative Critical Reflection Comp 1

So how did it go?

Creating my music magazine was definitely a challenge but I enjoyed every bit of it. I have learnt new skills and encountered difficulties that I now know how to fix. I have made a miraculous improvement and feel very confident when using softwares such as Indesign and Adobe Photoshop. My understanding of media has also made a huge progress as I am now aware of the importance of it all and even looked into most parts of the industry. I can’t wait to get stuck in again and keep learning about this subject.

I am really pleased with my final product and can’t believe how many changes I had to make in order to be completely satisfied with it. It is important to take risks with this type of work and figure out (by trial and error) what works best. I had to face a lot of difficulties and errors n=but I am happy that I did as I learnt how to overcome them. I received a lot of feedback when it came to my magazine, specifically my double page spread. I was told that the image I used had clearly been flipped as the writing on my models shirt was backwards and I would not get away with it if this were a professional magazine article. I tried lots of different ways of covering it and cropping the obvious text. I finally decided to take the biggest risk I had yet and scrapped the whole image. I ended up using a different photo which worked much better and I was so much happier with it. I am really glad I had to face this challenge as I now feel more confident in taking these sort of risks!

I now look back to the very first magazine cover I created on Indesign and I can not believe how much progress I have made. For starters, I was not a Rock fan and found that working with this genre was incredibly difficult and I did not have a very good starting point. I also thought that my Photoshop skills were rather rubbish and I am glad I did more research into the software before creating my official cover. But, now that I have finished the task, I am thankful for getting it wrong the first few times as my product now would not nearly be as good. I can not wait to get on with the second task!

So…How’s it going?

After all of the photo shoots, work I’ve done on Photoshop, Indesign and the general experience of what it is like to be a media student, I now feel comfortable with this topic and feel confident towards any future tasks. I have definitely surprised myself with how creative and motivated I’ve been over these past few weeks and everything has worked out really well. I especially love the photography aspects of this course and hope to interpret more of it into my own work and any additional research they I have been already partaking in. 

My work definitely fits the style and genre of Indie Rock and I feel that I have worked really hard to do so. The magazine works well together and the structure of it all looks very polished. The star images, as a plus, also fit into this genre and convey the key features of what an Indie Rock star should look like. I have used Mise-en-scene to achieve these looks and found that areas such as costume, lighting, make up and hair and props are so important when doing a shoot.

I have also responded well to feedback and taken the time to change even the most subtle details to try and achieve the best possible magazine. As a whole, I am really happy with what I’ve created and am ready for the term ahead!

Overall, I feel like I have worked really hard to achieve the criteria needed to create a professional magazine. I am really excited for the term ahead and can’t wait to learn more.

Design Skills 2

During this task I learnt a wide range of new skills. This would have to include creating a contents page across two pages rather than one, structuring my images and text, finding an effective colour scheme to work with and making sure the quality of the image is up to standard.

My contents page as a whole worked really well. The result was edgy and alternative which was the tone that I wanted to get across. I was really happy with the image that I had chosen and thought it worked well with the story of the interview and the genre.

I learnt a lot about how to make my fonts and text look more interesting. I played around with the controls on the top bar of Indesign and found that outlining some of the text allowed it to stand out against the background a lot better. I also found that shadowing some of the text and images added dimension and made the page look really interesting.

I also learnt about how I should layout my double page spread. I did a lot of research and found it was very cool to have the text outlining certain parts of the background image.  I therefore decided to interpret this feature of design into my own work.

As for Adobe Photoshop, I already had learnt quite a lot about how to use the software. I therefore decided to develop my skills even further and edited my models’ lipstick so that it looked neater and fuller.I did this by taking the exact colour of her lips (with the pipette feature) and then coloured in where it was lacking colour. This took quite a long time but I was happy with the finished result. It improved my star image to look modern and unique which is what I really wanted. 

On Photoshop, I also learnt how to enhance the photo and make it look clearer so that when I edited it on Indesign, It would look a lot better. 

I did this by, yet again, playing around with the Camera Raw Filter. I played around with the Vibrancy and Clarity settings until I was really happy with the image. The result of this made the magazine look modern and funky.

I know now that these new skills will help me in the future of this course.

Design Skills 1

During this task, I have learnt a lot of new skills that will definitely benefit me in the long run. I am most pleased with the work that I have done of Photoshop and Indesign and think that I have really challenged myself. I have also learnt more about using the cameras and how I can achieve a really good shot.

I am currently editing an image from our most recent shoot on Photoshop. I have worked on hiding some of the blemishes, changing the colour tints, adding shadows and liquefying areas of her face to make them look fuller. The effects of these changes mad the model look edgy, alternative, and more engaged with the audience.

This is the original photo that I had decided to edit:

Here is the image in the process of being edited:

As you can see here, I have already played around with different tints and colours and have erased a few blemishes that had shown up on camera. I experimented with the temperatures, shadows and tints and found that the best result I received was when I used a slightly warmer tone.

The effect of this allowed the logo on her shirt to stand out and the colours merged really nicely. It also accentuated her eyes and allowed her eye shadow to stand out dramatically. My model looked flawless!

I used the camera raw filter to get my desired look:

I then wanted to make my models face look a bit more fuller and intense so I decided to use the liquefy effect to broaden the shape of her lips and sharpen her jaw line as shown below. I did however only want to make subtle changes because my model is naturally stunning! The effect of this made my model look mysterious and seductive.

I used the bars on the right hand side to edit my models structure:

I also learnt about how to intensify and illuminate the colour of my models’ eyes on photoshop. I decided to do this for both my cover page and my contents page which I will insert an edit of below.

As you can see, her eyes are very bright and really engage the audience. I did this by layering brighter versions of her eye colour of the top of each other then blurring it out to smooth the look out. The outcome was brilliant and I was really happen with the end result. The effect of this change drew all of the attention to my model’s eyes, this makes her appear cool and edgy. 

Here are some screenshots of how I did it:

I also learnt a wide range of skills on Indesign, especially when designing my double page spread. I learnt how to edit the fonts, sort out the structure and layout, insert images properly and shadow pictures. I’ve had a lot of fun with this software and have worked really hard to improve my skills on it. 

One of the most important skills that I learnt was editing the characters. The text is very iconic when it comes to setting the style of magazine that you are going to sell. The text I chose was very Indie and worked really well!

Here you can see the text that I’ve used is very altered and I’ve changed a lot of it’s features.

The character box allowed me to make lots of alterations and the result of this made my font look fresh, modern and neat. I was really pleased with the outcome. 

Though I learnt quite a few skills on Indesign, I did not find this software as challenging as Photoshop as I have had previous experience with programs such as Microsoft and Publisher so I already know a fair amount when it comes to presentation skills.

I know that these skills will definitely help me when designing my double page spread and in the future of this course.

So…I am ready to photograph my star

Camera and mise en scene have taught me that even the slightest change in positioning can change the way the audience sees my image. I know to be precise and clear on the message that I want to portray.

Mise en scene and camera will play a huge role during my shoot:

-My model will need a suitable costume to fit the genre

-The correct lighting will need to be used to get the best shot that I can

-The body language and attitude of my model must relate to the genre

-I should interpret some sort of prop into my shoot to portray the alternative style

-I will photoshop my model onto a suitable background (Indigo coloured or colour splat of some sort)

I will use a wide range of camera techniques and angles that I have learnt over the past few weeks. Here are some examples:

-Mid Close Up

-Mid Shot

-Mid Long Shot

-Long Angled Shot

-Long Shot

-High Angled Shot

-Canted Angled

I will put my knowledge of camera techniques and mise en scene into action when doing my shoot in order to improve the overall look of my indie Rock Music Magazine. 



So…I’m Ready to Make some Media!

In the future, on my media course, I will have to create my very own music magazine. During my first term of Media Studies, I’ve learnt a significant amount, broadened my knowledge and tested my skills in many different areas. I’ve made mistakes and corrected myself along the way and now feel confident in the following term. 

Narrative and story telling are a huge part of the media and I now know that I must interpret these skills if I want to catch the audience’s attention. Visual areas such as: text, images and font are also incredibly important when conveying to the audience the style of media I’ve created.

This will help me in the future of this course. I can not wait to get stuck back in after half term!