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My Tour Poster

Here is my feedback:

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I was really proud of the outcome and thought that the design was definitely appropriate to the style and genre of ‘Rock’. I had a lot of fun creating this poster and learned a wide range of skills in the process. I hope to expand my knowledge on Adobe Photoshop and Indesign as these skills will help me in the future. 

Here is my final Music Tour Cover:


My Copy of a Professional Magazine Front Page

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The image on the left is the original music magazine cover and the image on the right is my interpretation of it. I wanted to use a different image so that I could experiment with the colour scheme and test my knowledge on the software that we were using.

Because I used a different image, I could not get the image to look exactly the same as the original. However, I was able to manipulate it the exact same way as the professional cover and managed to crop and resize it accordingly. I was really proud of the outcome.

It was very difficult to find the exact same font, but I was able to stretch the text and experiment with the spacing between the letters to make it as close as possible. The original cover used multiple fonts and I spent a long time editing these fonts to make them as exact as I could. My skills were really put to the test but I was happy with the outcome.

Three things I did well:

-I was able to edit the font to make it appropriate and accurate to my interpretation of the music magazine.

-I used a different colour scheme and it worked really well!

-The layout and structure was accurate to the original.

Three things I can improve on:

-I could learn how to use the snip tool on Photoshop properly and interpret this skill into Indesign.

-I could work on making the image in better proportion.

-The joined up font could have been more accurate.

I did not follow the colour scheme of the original music magazine because I thought I would gain more skills by creating my own. The image that I chose inspired me to base the magazine on a hot pink cover; the outcome created a funky and modern style magazine that grabs the attention of the audience instantly. It was a very fun colour to work with.

My lick and stick design was fairly similar as I liked the original layout and decided to keep it. The title could have been placed lower down (allowing more attention on the cover stars) but I tried it out and it didn’t work well. I was much happier with the layout after I’d tweaked the original.

I was consistent with my fonts and text size and was fairly accurate with them as well. I did have to change and experiment with different sizes as the fonts were not exactly the same and therefore took up a different amount of space. But I was pleased with the outcome.

I was really happy using both Photoshop and Indesign to create my Music Magazine. Personally, it was easier to use Indesign because I did not have to use the snip tool. This software was a lot easier for me to use.

Youtube links to help me out in the future:

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Lick & Stick Mock-Up

  Original Music Magazine           Our Interpretation              

The purpose of this task was to was to portray my understanding of the design technical features of a music magazine. I used terms such as: the Main Cover line, Masthead, Plug, Captions and more to show my understanding of this area. 

This task will help me when designing my music magazine as I now know the structure of which a music magazine places its text and images in order to grab the audiences attention.

The Camera Talks

Here is a mood board of my nine favourite photos:

My group and I found that when taking photos from different angles, you get a completely different feel for the image. Each angle, lighting change, direction and distance change tells a different story. No photo is ever going to emit the same tone. I chose these images because I found that they all portrayed different emotions and were unique to one another. It was a great experience and I will be sure to use these tricks when testing my photography skills in the future.

This photo shoot helped me to understand how important photography is within Media. I was really able to expand my knowledge and learn new skills during this task. I know now that this will help me with my magazine cover. 

In my opinion, my favourite image is the shot on the top right. I feel like this image is really fun and inventive and you can see that the model is thoroughly enjoying himself. I also like that this shot emits a very autumnal tone and is very enjoyable to look at. As a plus, the background of this mid shot is very professional and looks as though it was taken under really professional conditions. I had good fun taking this specific shot. 

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Technical Camera Terms

Here are my final contact sheets from the shots that we took:


In total, I took 210 shots and was able to choose the shots that I preferred.  Each photo told a different story and we were able to experiment with different angles, positions, depths of field and distances for the images. We found that using a fast shutter speed when taking photos of moving shots really worked the best for us.

We also had to adjust the focus and lighting when moving from one space to another. This is because the lighting changed from very high key in the outdoors to low key when we got inside. We thought that moving places would really test us and we were able to learn a lot about using the cameras.

Even though many of our shots were bad, we learnt to keep them so we could choose the better ones and see how much our knowledge had expanded since using the cameras for the first time.

I decided to choose nine photos that were all different from each other. Each image tells a story and portrays the different angles and skills that I have learnt when using the cameras.

This task will help me with my music magazine as I am now familiar with uses the cameras and know the importance of Mise-En Scene when acting as a photographer. This task will also benefit me with my media as I have learnt the technical terms that are used when dealing with professional photography work. I am looking forward to using these skills when working on my music magazine in the future. 

My Image that uses Mise-En-Scene for Meaning

In this image, my peer and I are dressed according to the music genre ‘Rock’.  Our costumes portray both literal and symbolic meanings. Our class used lexicon such as ‘Depression, Anger and Rebellion’ when describing our look. This negative semantic field makes the Genre ‘Rock’ seem aggressive and adult. 

Here is a picture of our look. We paid close attention to the colours, stance/body language and hair/makeup that is associated with Rock.

As you can see, we have used dark colours in our costume to emit an aggressive tone and to show the audience the kind of people we are. We have chosen these particular stances because Rock stars are often very boisterous and crazy with the way they act.

We did however wear pops of colour in our costumes like reds and oranges to represent anger and frustration. These colours stand out and therefore catch the audience’s attention.

We decided to create a mood board/collage to collect inspiration for our shoot.

The C.L.A.M.P.S in these images are what make the rock genre so easy to identify. The colours used in the majority of these photos are dark (mainly blacks and reds) these colours emit an aggressive tone. Some of these images are even in black and white.

The lighting always creates a shadow and is usually very low key. This makes the photo look more mysterious. As for their body language and facial expressions, they all look extremely negative. They are very aggressive or moody which identifies with this particular genre. There stances are almost sexualised and many of them emit a seductive tone. Their costumes are also very dark coloured and revealing. These clothes are usually worn when the individual wants to draw attention to themselves. This is exactly the effect that is has on the audience.

The Mise En Scene in these shots often use props such as guitars, microphones or even flannel shirts. The surroundings are very important when creating this particular type of music magazine. Many of these shots look as though they’ve been taken at concerts or in edgy places, this yet again creates a dodgy tone.

When creating our shoot, we will be sure to use Mise En Scene and especially focus on the correct lighting, makeup, hair, props and costume to portray the Rock genre.

Slide Show of my Contact sheet:

I chose this image because it shows the model in her most relaxed state. She looks very involved and passionate about her music rather than portraying too much of an aggressive nature.

The costume still suggests that she is part of the Rock genre; the colours emit a negative tone but is then balanced out by the calm body position the model is in. I also chose this image because I like how wild the model’s hair is. It really represents the rock culture.

Print Media that Communicates Meaning

When completing this task, I learnt that every aspect of a poster is acknowledged and recognized. The audience will analyse the font, costumes, hair, make-up, copy, colour, body language and more. These areas will influence how my music magazine is perceived by the audience.

For example, if I were to create a poster with images of flowers and bright colours on it, it is going to come across as being very child friendly and innocent. Whereas a poster with images of graffiti and dark colours, is going to set a more aggressive and rebellious tone. They are still both just posters, but perceived in completely different ways.

It is therefore important to keep these areas of design in mind when designing my music magazine. I will now focus on using fonts, symbols and images that will relate to my chosen style.

“Whoever controls the media, controls the mind”

_____Jim Morrison_____