Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
There is a massive difference in mastheads from my preliminary to my magazine. As one is one short word whereas the other is “Lodge Park Academy”. I felt this was a very boring title and it wouldn’t attract my audience’s attention, whereas my magazine one is informal and eye catching, it also has more connotations that the audience can relate to. The mainstream audience I am attracting would see the title ‘SCENES’ and instantly be attracted as this a word that potential youths use for something shocking/surprising, this will imply there is gossip and drama in my magazine. Positioning is key when creating a magazine, as the main things such as the masthead and main image are realistically the first thing the audience will see. So putting this in the top left corner of my magazine would be visible to the audience as it being on top would show its importance, also will make the main image visible.
There is a larger difference in the two front cover images; this is down to the different cameras, the genre and the look of my magazine. For the preliminary front cover image I had the person in the image wearing formal clothing, reading a book. It was taken on an iPhone so the quality wasn’t great as you can the sun light blocking some of the image. This is because it is aimed at school kids, revising for their exams. If I stuck this in a pop magazine it would just give off a boring/dull vibe and wouldn’t attract my target audience. Whereas my image now, fits in with the theme of my magazine. I used clothing to show this, also the camera (HD Nikon 3100) I used brought out the facial features of my model. It also picked up every detail; I decided the remove the background from my picture so it would look real when in my magazine. As I most pop magazines main image doesn’t have a setting. The lightening used in my picture was all used by professional LED lights, which I could adjust the brightness to suit the style of my magazine, this is why I used dark lightening as it fitted with the theme of my magazine.
Both contents page are similar in the fact that they use multiple images, also that the content is layered on the left hand side. However, I think that my final product is better presented and looks more of a contents page compared to my preliminary content. As the preliminary was spacious and didn’t have much on it, whereas my content now is more filled with features. The content on my real magazine has much more colour, and sticks to a theme. It is in a chronological order to make it more understandable and make sure the audience doesn’t miss a thing.
Font used on front cover
From looking at the two fonts used as the header shows very different connotations. For the preliminary, I used a plain boring font from the Microsoft Word defaults, making it dull, boring and formal. Whereas in my magazine I used a website called fontspace.co.uk to find a font. I decided to use a font called DK Crayon Crumble, which made it look bright, enthusiastic and bubbly. I feel like I needed to use all capital letters in my masthead as it was a stereotypical convention used in pop magazines. It also made it stand out, with it being so bold. Whereas the cover lines had a mixture of capitals and non-capitals, I did this to show importance of feature.
What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?
During the process of creating my product I used several types of technology and software. The software I mainly used was Prezi and Fireworks. Prezi is a very intricate and exciting way to make power point presentations. It’s very creative as it allows you to create a power point with images and text combined together with different paths of looking at them. When moving onto the next slide, it zooms out then slides across and zooms back in which is quite a fun, exciting and new way of creating and presenting work. When I had got the images I needed for my magazine, I used Fireworks to edit the image. Although complicated, Fireworks is a very intelligent piece of software as it lets you completely change colour of an image or helps you remove things on an image in order to make it exactly how you want it. Once I had completed a piece of work I would upload it onto a blog I created on a website called WordPress.com which is a way of uploading work so that others can see. This can be very beneficial as you can look at other peoples work and perhaps gain some ideas for your product. All of the coursework I have done is all put onto WordPress. Also, I frequently used a Programme called Slide Share which is an effective way of putting a whole PowerPoint presentation onto WordPress for others to see. It works very well when embedded with WordPress because you just have to click one button which is ‘start slideshow’ and it’s there and ready to go rather than having to go through effort to open up an actual powerpoint.
The technology that I used was what the school provided; this was one of the HD Nikon 3100 cameras provided for me to use to take photos for my magazine cover. The advantages of using such a high quality camera is that it gives me a cinematic, professional image which gives an advantage and a big step towards making my product look as professional as possible. It also has great effects to ensure that the main focus on my image is my chosen model and it blurs out the background or any other object which may be distracting attention away from my model.
Also, when given the camera to shoot my photo, I was provided with professional TV lights which give me a clearer image as it brightens up the room in order to make the image clearer and make it look more professional. On the lights you can adjust the brightness and even put in a coloured filter to ensure I get the right brightness and colour I needed to capture the right image.
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How does your media product represent particular social groups?
- I think my magazine represents similar social groups to magazines like ‘We Love Pop’ and ‘Top of the Pops’. I believe this as my conventions used on my magazine such as cover lines, masthead etc resemble those found in the current pop magazines out today. Using resembling ones is what attracts my young female audience. I thoroughly thought about how women should be portrayed in my magazine, as other magazines portray women as sexy and sophisticated. This is the opposite of what I wanted to do as I wanted to show personality through my main image.
- The photograph of my model is portrayed in a similar camera shot to the other magazines; I went against a happy facial expression as I wanted to keep to the theme of my magazine; which is Halloween. By a neutral facial expression, it shows that the artist is serious about their music and also their fans. I feel like my image could have been a bit more zoomed in but the fact I used a high end camera it brought out everything on my model. Not using any props attract my target audience as you can see from the other two magazines they do not use props so I’m glad I went along with this convention. Not using props simply focuses on my model which is what I intended to do. The lightening I used blended well with my model as you can see on the Rihanna image there is light glimmering off her face, the dark, focused lightening I used absorbed my really well and brought out her face well. This attracts the audience instantly as you look straight at the model and are interested.
- Similar to the Jessie J, my model is wearing a black formal dress which I think stands out over the grey background of my magazine also is a colour linked with the theme of my magazine. I also felt like a dress is appropriate as its not showing too much flesh, this is vital in a pop magazine as the people on the front cover are role models to the reading audience. As you can see across the three images above is differences, which is good as it will attract a range of people, for example the clothing of each artist is different and suits a range of peoples dress sense.