Christ the King: Aquinas
Looking back at the
preliminary task, what do
you feel you have learnt in
the progression from it to a
For the location of the front cover, it was done
in the model’s room which was conventional
because the colour of the background was
clear and so I asked them to do use that
background to clearly highlight her features.
My other location for the contents page was
outside my friends house as it was convenient
in that the natural green background that I
wanted was there and so I used it for the
location for some of the photo shoot.
I have learnt that plain coloured backgrounds
can be effective in order to bring out the
models’ attributes and appearance.
For props, I mainly used items that were
music related such as the guitar and
headphones and had my model pose in
various positions in which I was able to
choose which photo I wanted to use in my
I feel as if I have learnt how to use the right
props for the images to indicate to the
reader what the model and magazine is
During the creation of my music magazine, I went through
various drafts for my front cover image, contents page and
my double page spread.
For my front cover I used a couple of other shots at first to
see if I felt it was appropriate to how conventional other
front covers of music magazines are.
Also, originally I had a couple of more cover lines and
different colours on those cover lines to make them seem
more eye catching. However, I felt that it looked out of place
and so deleted some of the cover lines and changed the
cover lines colours to make it look more professional.
In addition, there was various drafts of the masthead as I
was unsure of what font I should use and the positioning as
well as the size of the masthead but eventually came to a
conclusion of how my masthead should look like.
In my contents page, I had originally designed the contents
page to have one main model. However, I took into
consideration how many magazines did the same and there
were not many and so decided on having two images of two
different models to make it look more conventional
On my double page spread, I was generally happy about how
I did it and there were not many drafts except for the title
and its font and as well as the size of the text.
One of the main pieces of equipment I used for the photo
shoots was the camera itself. As time passed I felt as if my
skills with the camera improved in terms of camera shots
and its other various components such as reviewing the
images and distorting them to using the flash.
The computer itself is also a crucial instrument in the
development of my music magazine and as with the
camera, with the procession of time, my skills in operating
specifically Photoshop improved.
I feel I have learnt from my models is that they too
can contribute to how photos should be taken as I
found some of their pieces of advise to be very
useful and so I feel as if it is important to ask the
model to review the shots to see what their
opinions and how it could be possibly be improved.
Throughout this preliminary task to the full product, I feel
as if my organisation skills have improved as I am able to
keep track of whether or not I am on target to finish some
Another reason as to why I feel more organised is that I
also kept track of when my models were free and also was
planning what could be used in my photos to make it
conventional or make the reader understand what the
magazine is about.
How my target audience influenced my final product:
The participants in the questionnaire helped me greatly about what colours I should use as I told them that my music
magazine was indie and I took into consideration the colours I was going to use for my text when receiving these
They also influenced the kind of artists that I put on my coverlines as it had to be related to the indie genre and so they
come up with bands such as 2 Door Cinema Club which gave ma an idea of what to say about them on the coverlines.
The participants were the ones who also gave me the idea of basing my music magazine on the genre of indie as many
of them were fans of the genre and so I thought I could use their help on particular aspects of the music magazine such
as colours and artists.
Differences in production
In terms of production between the two magazines, I feel as if I have understood that planning and
production is key in creating a magazine in timed conditions. This is because in my preliminary task, the
production was on and off in the fact that I planned shoots on particular days but then would do something
else non related to the magazine and so for some of the stuff I put on hold (i.e. shoots due to other
commitments). What I learned from the preliminary task is that you must be able to produce a product
effective and quickly and with that in mind I set out my production through plans and generally saw them
What is the differences
There are many similarities
between my front covers such
as the conventional things
that you would expect to be
there such as a masthead,
coverlines, a model and so
Another similarity is the use
of the advertisement of a
specific piece of news, in my
case its the words that are in
the circles. This is not always
on front covers of magazines
and thought it would may my
magazines stand out more.
One difference is the use of
selling lines, with one
showing two words which
may attract the reader
because of the fact it’s about
college life and is simple. The
other is more overdramatic
and emphasises it’s point in
contrast to the other one
which may be seen as
A difference is the use of editing on my model (can you guess where?). For my music
magazine model (the left one) I edited her lift cheek because of the fact that there
were blasts of light hitting her face which would not make her features as easily
noticeable as it could be, this was not done with the other model because I did not
know how to do so. This shows that throughout the preliminary magazine to the
music magazine, it demonstrates that my skills of editing have increased.
Differences in design:
With the preliminary magazine, it
can be seen as more simple
compared to the music magazine in
terms of its structure and design.
The first being that the preliminary
uses one main image which can be
seen as a positive and a negative.
This is because the structure
compliments the model’s posture as
if it is a mirror and seemingly works
well. Although, it is not conventional
unlike the contents page of the
music magazine. I have learnt that
contents pages can be effective even
if they have one image.
The sub-headings and the title in the
preliminary are rather simple, only
differing from the content by colour.
With the music magazine, it uses
more than one font as well as
highlights the subheadings with
black rectangles which may be seen
as more eye catching. Thus, showing
that I have developed in my
techniques to attract the audience.
With the front covers on the previous slide, the design is different in terms
of the shot that was used. I learned that various types of shots can be
effective as long as the colours and the text also go well with the image.