Features of Music Magazine’s
Today we analysed a music magazine to get a better understanding of what kind of features have to go into one. This will help me in my research because it will help me apply where to add these features in my own music magazine.
Some of the main features that are used in a music magazine are :
- Main cover star
- Limited colours
Mood board Task –
Today our task was to go into pairs and take lots of pictures which try too display an effect on the audience e.g anger or happiness, we then selected our favourite 9 images to add to our mood board, all of these had to include three hashtags:
- #the technical term (#longshot#lowangle)
- #the example/denotation (#manalone#lookingcross)
- #the analysis/connotation (#lonely#excited#leaving)
How well did we achieve our aims-
Our main themes of focus during the creation of our mood board was to try and be edgy and different so that our mood board would stand out, we tried to do this by getting interesting angles and then keep a straight face to create a serious but edgy feeling for the audience. We feel as if we achieved our aims because our lighting really portrays the relevant hashtags for example for the happier images we tried to make them brighter by using the flash where as for the darker feeling we used no flash and used nature to create a raw element to them.
How does the camera create meaning
Today we took lots of pictures that were all using the various camera techniques to create meaning, we gathered all of these pictures by putting them into contact sheets where we then chose our 9 favorite images to put into our mood board.
Contact Sheet 1
Contact Sheet 2
The camera creates meaning through the way the photo is taken for example:
- Close up
- Mid Shot
- Long Shot
- Low Angle Shot
- High Angle Shot
- Depth Of Field
- Canted Shot
- POV Shot
The way these techniques create an effect is for example with a close up it often creates quite a serious effect on the audience where as a long shot creates a sense of freedom and space, the way in which a photo is taken has a dramatic effect on the emotions that are portrayed in the image and towards the audience.
Mise En Scene-
- Costume – Class & status, uniformity
- Lighting – shadows, colours
- Acting & Proxemics – Body Language
- Makeup and Hair – style and fashion
- Props – props that show meaning e.g social class
- Setting – background
For this task my group was allocated the genre of indie. We were assigned to do a photo shoot for an album cover. whilst doing some research the main elements we were interested in were:
- Make up/Hair styles
- Indie Posters
- Indie Bands/Music
During the photo shoot process some key elements that were highlighted were, the appearance of indie people who typically would wear simple styled clothes with light make up and headbands as discovered throughout the research. A key example is ‘Florence and the Machine’ She wears plain dresses with her hair in a natural way, she also has subtle make up on making her perfect for the typical connotations to the genre. Furthermore the main themes we noticed whilst analysing current indie band posters was that most of them share this ‘loud’ vibe where it really grasps the viewers attention with bright popping colours with an abstract typeface and also this simplicity effect.
Textual analysis of practice photo –
How does the poster reflect on colour, fonts, body language and lighting?
Colour – The yellow background stands out which grabs the audience’s attention. The connotations of the poster represent wealth and power. Also the use of yellow shows that he is very unique.
Fonts – The typeface that is used is very cool and really grabs the readers attention as ts snappy and unique and also is a eye catching colour purposely done to create more interest about the poster.
Body Language – The Body Language of the ‘Weeknd’ creates a very menacing and powerful effect it also makes the audience feel as though he is very rebellious which makes him seem strong and unique as his poster is a rejection of mainstream ideas.
Lighting – The lighting on his face is dark which adds the theme of mystery to the picture but also shows how he is a rebellious character and goes for bold decisions with his tour poster’s.
Bulmer & Katz Uses And Gratification Theory
‘The Bulmer & Katz Uses And Gratification Theory’ is the way we understand what types of media we all consume throughout our various interests which range in these four headings below.
- Personal Identity
- Social Interaction
- Education and Information
I’m a media Prosumer, this means that as well as consuming the various types of media e.g “Entertainment” I also produce media, one way I produce Media is by uploading pictures/videos to social media platforms such as Instagram or Snapchat. Whilst creating my Media Collage I found various links in my interests from the “Bulmer & Katz Uses And Gratification Theory'” for example ‘The Killers’ falls into the area of “entertainment” as that’s the genre of music I enjoy to listen to but also ‘Personal Identity’ as It shows people a bit about my taste of music which helps them get a better understanding of the type of person I am, this also shows some ‘social Interaction’ asit is art of my social circle the genre of music we listen to.
This Theory will Benefit the producing of any Media I create for example my “Music Magazine”, as it will allow me to focus on the more important sections to enable me to get my message across to the audience of the text.