Photoshoot Images 1 The image on the right is a similar vision to the initial idea I had in my head of the cover image for the photoshoot. My initial idea was to have my model have one hand full of books and the other holding a drama comedy/tragedy mask, to suggest that she is juggling with drama in her life and the ton of school work in her life. However, while this idea was photographed several times, there did not seem to be an image that reflected this idea very well. The image on the right has some problems with it. One of them is that although the position of the model on the cover is in the middle and she is symmetrical, the books on her left hand, on the right side of the cover, are partially out of frame, not in sync with her other hand’s object, which has left some white space on the left side of the cover. However, enough space has been left for the top part of the cover, for the masthead. Additionally, the expression on the model’s face looks as if she feels out of place and doesn’t look like it would be appropriate on a front cover of a magazine. Additionally the lighting used has created a trail of shadows behind on the wall.
Photoshoot Images 2 This image was the result of experimentation during the photo shoot and how an alternate angle may work or not work. This image is ultimately a poor shot. The lines present in the photo, such as the walls and their intersecting points make the photo seem messy and misguided. The black line on the floor is a distraction and suggests a messy, dirty environment. The angle is also obscure (high angle) and the image just shows a woman reading a book, with no clue as to if she is a student.
Photoshoot Images 3 This image was not used for the central image for several reasons, one being thelandscape format (horizontal stretch) it has, and the poor quality of the prop involved. Itwas at this point that I decided to replace the drama mask with the Rubik’s Cube as theprop used in the remaining series of images. Excluding these aspects of the image, the image is quite good. The shadow ofthe model is following the tragedy mask, suggesting that she soon will be unhappy orfound in serious turmoil. The model’s face doesn’t seem to exude any particular emotion,but connected with the hypothetical coverline ‘How to cope with the drama in your life’, the overall tone of the image is one of despair. The use of an eye level shot in this gives a realistic feel to this photo that feels infinitely more personal. The books she holds strongly suggest that she is a student, adhering to the fact that this is a school magazine. The position of the model is strong, showing one side of her face, and positioned slightly more to the right part of the photo, interesting the reader more than if she was in a central position. Nonetheless, the negatives override the positives in this unused image.
Photoshoot Images 4 Both these shots were created with the intent of showing a female student (no clues as to her student status but her youthful looks) who is smart, as shown through the evidently completed Rubik’s Cube. This would link back to the finished cover page, when the main coverline would be about ‘How to cope with schoolwork and other drama in your life.’ These images both have good features, although they may be discounted as too similar. Nonetheless, the ‘smaller’ differences make all the difference in the choice of which would be the image on the magazine cover. The image on the left has a white background, which is the advised background to have on a magazine cover, and the lighting seems to have lent a warmer glow. The model’s hair is mostly organised, although some hairs are poking out. However, the most distracting feature of this photo is the shadows induced by the use of a flashlight.
Photoshoot Images 5 The shadows in the image on the left prove to distract from the model and the object she is holding. Additionally, although a white background was advised, I thought it looked dull with the combination of the model and the Rubik’s Cube. The image on the left was chosen to be the central image on my magazine cover. The purple background, although unusual, emphasises the model and the Rubik’s Cube, bringing out the colour in them. Nonetheless, the image lacks a warm glow that the other image has, and seems colder. Additionally, the Rubik’s Cube as seen on the image on the right is at a different angle, exposing more colours, which could therefore connect to the text on the cover. Also, there no shadows distracting the viewer from the actual focus of the image. This is why I picked this image as the cover image on my cover.
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