Published on March 7, 2014
What do you feel you have learnt in your progression? Evaluation 7.
Photography. Photography was a important aspect of the magazine, and is something that I had to carry out professionally in order to achieve a goo d magazine. I learnt about certain conventio0ns of music magazines and about the images to use, I learnt that a medium close up was the usual form of photography employed on a front cover and this is what I used when making the magazine. As well as that I learnt that incorporating elements of mise en scene was also important in achieving a good image. For instance dark colour clothing was associated with the genre of music that my music magazine is I also used props as an element of mise en scene on the double page spread where the artist is holding a guitar as well as making a festival wristband visible and a shirt also associated with the genre wearing another bands themed T-shirt. Photography on the contents page also required me to learn how to zoom in and out effectively to achieve relevant images as well as this I also learnt how to focus the image at one point and distort the background which was a technique that I felt gave me a powerful effect on two of the images that I used. In summary I feel that I learnt a lot from the photography and can see clear improvements from the preliminary where images was poorly lighted and not well shot at all with casting shadows across faces as well as other negative features. I feel that I was able to learn and apply a wide range of photography techniques and that I progressed significantly throughout the course of construction.
Photoshop. Photoshop was used in the construction of the magazine, I feel as though I learnt a sufficient amount of knowledge from using the software since the preliminary. In the preliminary stages I had a limited knowledge of Photoshop and the features available and I know have a better understanding and are able to create better covers. I learnt how to add a background to the page through the gradient and colour overlay, I also learnt how to add texts to the page and how to effect them in a way that looked better on the page, for example I used a stroke effect on the masthead to give it a bolder look on the page I did this by using the blending options that I was able to learn about in my coursework. As well as this I was also able to edit the masthead further incorporating other elements of media and technologies that I had learnt on Photoshop, for example I used the polygonal lasso tool to draw around the top corner of the masthead and layer via cut to make it separate from then rest of the text was then able to rotate it and add stroke to give the masthead a sticker effect. As well as that I learnt to add shapes such as the rectangular shape and how to affect it in a way that looked more appealing by skewing the shape and making it progressively bigger. Photoshop was also massively important in the construction of my magazine by how I learned to edit images, for instance it allowed me to delete the images background by using tools such as the magic wand it also helped me in adding affects to images and learning new elements of editing. As well as that I also learnt how to sample colours by clicking on the colour and being able to apply it to other areas of the page giving me a more professional effect.
Quark. My knowledge of quark has increased dramatically since the preliminary stages of the coursework, I think that perhaps the thing that I learnt that made the biggest difference to my work was how to format the page in a professional way, what I mean by this is by how I constructed the coursework using the column guidelines setting the page out into three equal columns that I could then list the articles in. Because I didn’t know this in the preliminary I had no way of correctly structuring the columns and therefore left me with a poor production, however the structured finish of the music magazine contents page looks professional and is formatted well. As well as this I also used guides for other features such as picture alignments, numberings, title taking thorough care in the presentation and alignment of the page makes it look a lot more professional than the preliminary pages. I also learnt about how to use other features on quark such as the inclusion of shapes and text using the shapes to separate the text on the contents page and the text to list the articles. The double page spread also required me to apply techniques that are available on quark, the main image on the double page spread has been edited through blending options and is added as a black and white effect in order to fit in with the conventions of the magazine, guides were also used on the double page spread to keep production neat. As a overview I feel that I have really progressed and developed an understanding of quark where I feel confident to now produce a decent quality of work.
Features and conventions of Magazines that I have learnt. Front Covers Contents Double Page Spread. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Skylines. Masthead (largest text on the cover) Image. (medium close up) Varied cover lines. Issue information. Barcode. Banners. Puffs. Buzz words. Anchorage. Smaller/Varied images. Positioning statment. Title. Masthead. (optional) Featured articles. Regular content. Columns. Varied images. Captions. Page numbers. Large main image. Page numbers. Title. Quotations. Drop capitals. Questions. Columns. Introduction paragraph. There are also other elements of magazines that I have learnt about in my coursework, for example I have learnt about the significance of mise en scene when in order to create a effective image; incorporating props, lighting, accessories and other relevant features to make a powerful image. I have also learnt about the importance of house style. It was important for me to establish a house style and have features of that house style present in the magazine. For me I identified the distorted font styles as something that I was keen to carry out throughout the magazine as well as the more noticeably black and yellow colour schemes that I think worked well in my magazine.
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