These are my final 3 products i produced, all the photography and content used is my own.
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
EVALUATION - (What have you learnt about technologies throughout the proceess? AND Looking back at the preliminary task, what have you learnt?
Prior to me designing and making my product I had to go through a few processes to make sure my product was then produced to its best ability. Firstly I firstly took my photos I didn’t take into consideration if the camera settings where set to my preference which I needed, I didn’t check this so when it came to uploading my photos onto my computer the images were so small. From this learned that when taking photos or using any sort of equipment you should always double check if the settings are correct I also had to consider the location of my model whether the lighting would of been correct and suited what I wanted for my front cover, I came to the conclusion that if I had a white background then it would of proved to be an advantage as I could have more to work with and also I could change the background colour a lot easier, while taking photos I experimented with different angles and shots for my models simply because I wanted a variety of photos to work with and pick from. More so because I was unfamiliar with Photoshop as I’d never used it in that much depth l found it hard to grasp all the tools, I found that I was having difficulties using the clone button this was because I wanted my model to have clear skin so when I was cloning certain areas of her face the shadowing was becoming apparent in which I had t try and rectify this process was very time consuming. On the other hand I grasped the way of using the brightness and contrast as well as the colour balance I contained these editing styles into my magazine as I wanted some aspects of my magazine to look brighter, tools like this are best at handy when I wanted to rectify small and minor things that ultimately improve my magazine. The technology I was exposed to was limited but i used it all to my full advantage to produce my finished product.
EVALUATION - (Who would be the audience for your media product? AND How did you attract and address your audience?)
I targeted my audience to both male and females between the ages of 16 to 25 this is because when conducting my questionnaire I found my age group resulted came out to be between these ages. The content I contained within it would have fitted for both sexes. The main people who would be purchasing this magazine would be of the working/middle class this is reflected in the pricing I have set it at. From looking at other existing magazines I found that there prices ranged from £2.00 to £3.99. I then came to the conclusion to price mine directly in the middle to £2.99 this was so that not only would it be an average price for a magazine it would then attract a larger audience. When conducting my audience research I used different form of questionnaires so that I could get larger more in-depth answers. As well as that I found that my style models go against the simplicity of my model as often stereotypical indie-rock magazine usually have very attention seeking front cover made eminent with a model who is either wearing bright clothing/ make – up. I went against the stereotypical conventions of my style models as I wanted to experiment with something more simplistic. I chose to have the artist in the feature article to show she had a hard up bringing which then some audiences may of related to her story which would ultimately appeal to the lower class. As you can see in my all of my products the model is wearing stereotypically 'girly' clothing, she represents the new era of indie-rock. Te fact that she is wearing something that isn't really considered femine makes her seem a bit more masculine. When putting the aspect of the post modern society I think that feminity has decreased over the years as more men and women can express themselves through what they wear. Even though nowadays the indie rock scene is still heavily dominated my men, women are beginning to rise to fame and move up the hierarchy as more and more females are contracted
more solo and band deals.
Closed questionnaire results
more solo and band deals.
Closed questionnaire results
I think that The Bauer Medal Group would distribute my magazine very successfully as it stereotypically falls into the type of genre my magazine which is a mixture between indie and rock. As well as that Kerrang is featured which was the magazine I had included in my style models I had collected. The Bauer is the largest published group commonly known for distributing magazines like Q and other numerous publications. This is why my magazine would benefit from distribution fro this private company because of its eminent success as it would reach out to a lot more countries. My magazine mainly focuses on a small specific section of the indie rock music industry this means that it would appeal to a very particular audience. This could ultimately bring more profit to the magazine as there would be a guaranteed audience.
I have targeted my audience to both male and females who were aged between 16 and 25 this was because I had initially based my questionnaire to people of that age range who are more likely to buy magazines. I looked at a number of existing magazines out there and also found that there pricings ranged from £2 - £3.99 I decided to price mine at £2.99 this is because it is directly in the middle meaning that this could give my magazine an advantage price wise as it would catch more buyers. More so while evaluating my audience research I found that many people had different preferences and opinions which I had to take into account. Prior to the voice recording I simply asked the students what they thought of my magazine products.
EVALUATION - (In what ways does your media product use, develop and challenge forms and conventions of real media products?)
My magazine challenges forms which date back to the 1960s where feminism was widely acclaimed. I have made sure that my magazine does not conform to the stereotypical views the feminists had in the 60’s. Famous feminist Naomi Wolf had strong view like women were looked down on and seen as sex objects. In the 21st century our society is mostly post feminist which then gave the media a chance to then bow to its full potential. For example a typical r’n’b artist who is featured on the front of a magazine the images stereotypically show the men as the alpha male and the women as more inferior. Whereas with an indie/rock based the men tend to be more dominant but its subtle giving the males and females similar and equal. More so the post feminist society nowadays suggests that more women and men use what they have to gain more advertisement and fame. The front cover of my magazine shows a large image of a female showing that I have stuck to the image where females and males are equally dominant characters. There fore my magazine is aimed at both males and females due to the contents featured within it.