So how did it go?

Now that Component 1 is complete, I feel ready and set for the future aspects of this course. Throughout this component, I have gained a huge amount of new skills that will aid me in the upcoming tasks, for example I was introduced to Premiere Pro, InDesign, Photoshop and Edublogs. I know there is so much more to learn on each of these programmes but this component enabled me to master the basics.

With ‘Iris’ being my final product (which can be found on the HOME PAGE) , I am extremely pleased with the outcome considering the journey I have been on with this magazine. I have been able to improve my research and evaluation of both my own and peer’s work; as well as having the ability to interpret texts in denotative and connotative ways- broadening my understanding of all media.  My creative streak has been greatly developed and my knowledge and awareness of media in today’s society has matured; gifting me the skills to give constructive feedback to myself and my peers. Overall, Component 1 has been a success.

So… How is it going?

So far I have developed my knowledge of mise-en- scene through the images I have taken for my magazine which I believe have proved conventional of the indie pop genre, for example the costume of my cover star included a floral blouse and lots of vintage jewellery reflecting the indie pop genre fully.

Additionally, when creating my magazine I came up with the idea of having a logo to ensure my magazine was recognisable not just by it’s name. The logo is a silhouette of the iris flower, hence the magazine name ‘Iris’.

Finally, I have significantly expanded my knowledge on Photoshop and InDesign which is shown on my Design Skills posts.

Overall I have learnt an array of new skills to help design the most conventional magazine for the indie pop genre.

Design Skills 2

During the design process of my draft for my double page spread I learnt various new skills; here are some in which proved vital to my creation.


  • To arrange these images on InDesign I right clicked and arranged the images either to send to the back or to the front to ensure all images where layered correctly and were visible.




  • Here I remembered to create rectangular boxes and fill them to create a background colour and boxes for behind the images.  
  • To create integrated text on InDesign, I clicked text wrap and adjusted the settings to decided the width around the box.
  • Additionally, I used the PicsArt app on my phone to put a filter on my images and VSCO too add grain to make my images look more vintage to fit my genre.

With these new skills I was able to make my double page spread more conventional and visually exciting.

Design Skills 1

During the creation process of my music magazine I have discovered new features to interpret my images and text on InDesign and Photoshop.

To begin, here is the tools I used on Photoshop to manipulate my image for my contents page.

  • Above is an example of the spot healing tool (which looks a bit like an odd suitcase) which I used smooth out my model’s skin. 
  • Here is an example of how I used the dodge tool; it allowed me to emphasise both the highlights and shadows in my image. Additionally, the history in the top right ensured I could return any mistakes I had made by clicking on the action taken before the mistake.

  • Again, I used the dodge tool to lighten the nose and any dark areas in my image. I also used PicsArt app to put a filter on my image.

I then used InDesign to begin the creation of the format of my contents page.

  • On InDesign I had to place the image uploaded from my D drive as well as having to create text boxes using the ‘T’ on the tool bar.

  • To adjust images I had to double click to make the yellow box appear which helps resize the image and hold shift to keep it in proportion. A single click will make the blue box appear which allows you to move images and text boxes and cut parts off without deletion.

  • Here I changed the colour of the text using the coloured T on the top tool bar; I also adjusted the pacing between each letter using the VA section and added slant by increasing the T. Additionally, I put a different colour outline by using the outlined T tool as well as layering the text to give a 3D effect by creating a copy of the text and changing the colour.

This all helped me in creating a more appealing and professional image and contents page.

So… I am Ready to Photograph My Star

After a number of weeks of research and experimentation, I now feel I am ready to photograph my star. We have researched into mise-en scene and camera distance, angles and composition, which has been extremely useful in developing ideas for my music magazine. Without this knowledge I wouldn’t have been able to determine what conventions are needed of my indie pop genre which I have used to create my main cover star. 

Previous to this knowledge, we have learnt a number of new skills and theories; for example the Richard Dyer Theory. This is named ‘The Paradox of the Star’ which explains that a star should be both ordinary but extraordinary and simultaneously present yet absent. An example of this could be they go to an ordinary shop yet have extraordinary talent; additionally they could be present on social media but absent at concerts because you aren’t close to them. This helped me understand that the media constructs ideologies and metanarratives surrounding stars which develops their ‘star image’. Moreover, this will help me develop my own star and create the perception I want people to have of them.

We also learnt how to use flash lighting in the studio alongside the normal lights and adjust them to take the best images. This will aid me in taking the best image for my main cover star.

Additionally, we researched what stars of our genre should look like, I created my indie pop moodboard which greatly influenced my final costume design.

In conclusion, I now feel confident enough to photograph my star.



So… I’m Ready to Make Some Media

Throughout the first part of the term, I have learnt a huge range of new skills and techniques which have and will, aid my production work.

To begin with, we learnt all about mise-en-scene and why it is important to all media; costume, lighting, acting, makeup and hair and setting (CLAMPS) are fundamental in conveying moods and messages to audience. Secondly, we found out about camera angle, composition and distance as well as how and why we adjust aperture and shutter speed. This lead us to explore different types of shots for example canted, master shot and high angle, all of which form various denotations and connotations.

We then discussed conventions of different genres as well as the demographics and psychographics of particular audiences for the multiple genres; this helped us into identifying target audiences and therefore allowing us to create work for particular people. Moreover, by looking into these design features and conventions, I have learnt about all the aspects of different genres as well as what is expected of text types. For example a magazine front cover should have pugs, plugs, a main cover line and insets, whilst the rock genre are most likely to have a dark colour palette and bold text. these tasks will enable to to identify what features I must include in my own work. This After this, we were taught the basics on Photoshop and InDesign to prepare us for our future production work.


To conclude, I am going to use all of the skills I have acquired in order to create sophisticated and skilful media.