Front Cover Image
The main difference between my two images are the angle they were shot at and how they were taken. In my preliminary task I used a long shot off the page which would never be used on a magazine cover for my final piece I used a medium close up which is centrally composed, this is exactly what you would expect to see on a magazine cover you would never see what I did for my preliminary task would never be aloud to be published because it’s not correct. Also, in my final piece I have got my model looking directly into the camera because that connects the viewer to the magazine straight away I didn’t do this in my preliminary task because I didn’t really think about how my viewers would connect. The difference with the magazine style is that the preliminary task was set to be a school magazine and our final task was to make a music magazine and as you can tell they are completely different to each other. I really like how you can see the difference between each magazine clearly. You can see a solo artist on the music magazine cover and you can see a student on the front of the preliminary task. The text is a plain block colour, to avoid colours looking messy.
What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?
Programs I used:
- Microsoft PowerPoint
I used my iPad Air to take my photographs of Adele (my model) and using my USB cable I uploaded them onto the school computers. I then put them onto Microsoft PowerPoint slides and I had a look at which photographs I preferred more than the others. I made a select few and I started editing the background out of them to experiment with new ones. I used Microsoft PowerPoint to do all my editing and making of my magazine.
I used fontspace so I could experiment with different font styles for my magazine, once I found the font I liked and wanted to use I copy and paste the words into a PowerPoint presentation and placed it onto my work. I used Google to look up black wall background for my original images to be placed on.
Slide share has allowed me to share my work, and upload them to my blog, to make it easier for the to see my planning and final piece.
Who would be the target audience for your media product?
My target audience for my R&B magazine would be 13-20 I’d say, a good range but mainly teenagers. I think this age group is suitable for our magazine because our content is easy to read, its eye catchy and its very affordable for a teenager. We had to consider that teenagers under 16 may not be working and won’t have their own money so we had to make the budget affordable for them. The target for my music magazine is aimed at teenage girls, as the conventions and colours are going to attacked a female more than a male. The target audience is based around R&B fans as the information the magazine gives out wouldn’t be interesting for someone who likes pop music for example. I mention some huge R&B artists on my front page such as ‘Rihanna’ and ‘Drake’.
R&B audience profiling.
Name: Chloe Mckay
Favourite Artist: Beyoncé
Name: Nadine Kent
Favourite Artist: Alicia Keys
Hobbies: Social Networking
Question 2: How does your media product represent particular social groups?
My product is aimed at a teenage audience, therefore, it represents a similar social group, to our magazine which we called ‘Fresh’, as the content, style and text are all very straight forward and similar. My model on my front cover is posed so she is looking straight at the camera and that engages the audience, it makes them feel like they have a connection with the model on the cover. I made my model central of the page because I wanted it to be all about her.
I put all my subheadings around her so it didn’t look messy or boring. I made my model the only image on my front cover because I didn’t want anything else in the way of her making it look over crowded and messy I did this because I wanted all the focus on my model. I edited my images as I removed the background of my original image and I inserted a random wall from google images because I thought it went better with the image and I wanted it to look more like a magazine would, more professional.
I made my images match my colour scheme for the magazine because I wanted it to look choreographed and I wanted a good feel about my magazine cover. With my double page spread, since the content is about music and love life I made the images look really serious. I tried to take shots of my model in different areas such as black bricked wall, yellow striped fence and a class room and I used all different angles of her.
I got my model to pose in all different positions whilst I took high and low angled shots, medium close ups and extreme close ups of her. I ended up using medium close up shots of my model for my final piece because I thought this was more intimate but not as intimate as an extreme close up shot would be of her. I thought a medium close up would look nice for the magazine and I really liked the photo’s I had taken of my model. I got my model to dress casually and very stereotypical teenager because that would make the audience feel more comfortable and make the audience feel like they could relate to what my model was dressed in and I really liked the idea of it being a casual looking magazine it fits with the R&B vibe. Whilst I was researching what kind of thing to put on my cover a lot of the R&B artists were casual and they looked extremely normal and that’s what I wanted to go for because I really liked the idea of it. My research also gave me inspiration for style, vibe and colour schemes.