Form & Conventions Of A Magazine

The Design Elements of a Magazine Cover:-

We focused on this copy of “UNCUT”, and picked out these features:-

  • Captions
  • Plug
  • Main cover star
  • Masthead
  • Pug
  • Barcode
  • Issue/price
  • Cover lines
  • Inset


All of these magazine archetypes are common in magazine covers to create a symphony of features to bring the magazine together and look professional and clean, which is what magazine designers always have to strive for. This copy of UNCUT followed all of these which resulted in them having a very popular and well-known magazine.

We follow the features of CLAMPS to communicate meaning with mise en scene to create the perfect image and manifest a narrative within the photo for the audience to follow. Camera framing is also a vital part of designing an image/shot as you want to get the right message across to portray what you want the audience to recognise. CLAMPS is an acronym for the six key features of mise en scene:

  • Costume
  • Lighting
  • Acting
  • Makeup
  • Props
  • Setting

All of this knowledge will help me in my own approach when planning and designing my next piece of media and future pieces. This will help me pick out vital elements of clamps, mise en scene and camera framing to create the best possible image or piece of media. There are also some specific techniques I have learned, such as the different shots, and how the camera is situated, it can communicate meaning. I have learned things such as; if the camera is far away from the person, it can communicate a feeling that the character is lost and alone. And also how in the opposite way where the camera is close up to the person, it can communicate a meaning of anxiousness as the characters space is invaded by the camera.

The Camera Talks

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We collected the top 9 images from the two photoshoots that we did, and I put them in a mood board (as seen above) with three hashtags for each photo. the hashtags followed the same them: #Camera Term/#Denotation/#Connotation. we were happy with the finished mood board as we felt that the 9 photos really captured what we were going for when shooting in our photoshoot.

My favourite photo was the first one (the one in the window) because this is a really compelling shot and we both agreed that it came out the best out of all of the photos we took across the two photoshoots. I also think that the hashtags are a good reflection on what we were going for with the photos, and is a good description of what the images are about.

Technical Camera Terms

Contact Sheet:-


In this photoshoot, we have thought about the different camera shots and used the DSLR camera to help us achieve these shots. we did two photoshoots to get the best assortment of images. in the first photoshoot, we focused on the camera angles such as distance, angle and comp etc. and in the second one, we focused on more extravagant angles and photos to tell more of a story.¬† We also improved our understanding of cameras and how to use it to get the best shots as possible. our images use a mixture of light and dark shots as they are done with a range of different ISO’s from higher for lighter shots and a lower ISO for the darker shots.

I think this knowledge of cameras and how to get the best photos will help me with a lot of aspects of media because this will help me to have a wider understanding on how I will approach any of my future media products.

Mise-En-Scene To Communicate Meaning

My Mood Board:-

This mood board is for our Music Magazine in which we were given genres in which our Magazine would have to copy this theme. Our theme was; Rap. I was happy with our genre as I enjoy the music and I generally think it will be interesting to do our Music Magazine on. The mood board is filled with a plethora of images of different interpretations of rap and how diverse the genre is, despite what people might have the perception about it. The mood board is highlighting the posses, clothing and scenery. We copied an array of different aspects and themes of these album covers and used it to create our Music Magazine that follows the Mise En Scene.



We then did a photoshoot inspired by the rap genre. We took an array of different photos and settled on one that we felt was the optimal one.


This image is an excellent start in creating my Music Magazine as I have focused on key aspects of CLAMPS, which will help me in planning what good aspects I have already used and ones that I should use next time.

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Printed Media That Communicates Meaning

Tour Poster Analysis:-

For this analysis, we have looked at the six main components in Mis en Scene;

  • Costume
  • Lighting
  • Acting and Proxemics
  • Makeup and hair
  • Props
  • Setting


I have analysed the Mis En Scene and how these aspects are in the tour poster. This analysis will help me when I create my own magazine tour poster as I will include all of the aspects within Mis en Scene and CLAMPS.

The Media Ecology

Map of concepts and mediascape:-

We created a mind map of media ecology. We decided to focus on Institutions.


Each of the eight areas of media ecology listed in the slide will need to be considered when I make my magazine as they all link in with the theme.

In Media Ecology there are 8 main components, and I have listed them with examples:

  • Social media (Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter)
  • Audience (Viewers,¬† Consumers, Prosumers)
  • Creators¬† (Stars, Directors, Artists, Performers)
  • Technology (Hardware, Software, Digital)
  • Government & Law (Regulation, Order, Safety)
  • Distribution (Ads, Newspapers, Radio, TV)
  • Institutions (BBC, ITV, Google)
  • Money (Expense, Profit, Revenue)

This shows that each of the 8 components listed above are all as crucial as each other in Media Ecology and for what the public consumes. If one of the components were to not exist than media would have no way of producing media and therefore the system of Media Ecology would fail. This is why all of these components are mentioned because of their vital roles in Media Ecology.

Here are more examples of mind maps

Hello Media Studies

Hello Media Studies

In Media Studies I am hoping to learn more about editing videos and improving my skills in editing videos, and I think that doing media studies at 6th form will help me in the media side of work. I’m also hoping to learn new skills like photoshop and photo editing as that is something that I would quite like to try.

I already have skills in video editing, but I am hoping to develop them even further and I am looking forward to editing video which I have never made before, and try a new direction with editing videos and branching out my knowledge in other areas.

I think this subject can help me improve & learn a range of different media, whilst also helping me with time management and improving on feedback that I have been given. Doing this subject will be helpful when it comes to deadlines and staying on top of the work which I have to do and overall being organised.