What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?
6. What have you learnt abouttechnologies from the process of constructing this product? Lee Turner
Blogger• Blogger is a online blog which allowed me to document my research, production and my evaluation in chronological order. It also allowed me to add videos, images, text, slideshows and many more. This gave me the ability to outline a detailed and productive process. However there were some potential problems such as, I didnt’t make my blog private so it accounted around 1600 views so most of my work was accessible to anyone. Another useful feature about uploading your work onto a blog is that you can easily edit it at anytime whether you want to improve it or correct an error you can do so just with a touch of a button which meant I did not have to worry about losing my work or making a mistake. It was also very easy to publish posts which did not take up any time.
PhotoShopI wasn’t familiar with Adobe Photoshop before I began to create my magazine. I had to use thisprogramme in order to create my magazines front cover as it is a superior editing software; I usedit to edit and adapt any images that I used in my magazine; this programme allowed me to: changethe brightness and contrasting of the images, crop them and also make them smaller or largerwithout any pixilation, it also allowed me to edit and delete any unnecessary things that were inthe background of the image. Considering I chose to create my contents page and double pagespread on another software, I did find the image and text manipulation a lot easier and moreefficient on Adobe Photoshop than it was on InDesign; I found that there were more tools in orderto do so which InDesign lacked, but I felt that InDesign was more relevant and gave my magazine aprofessional publishing style to it. I found that this programme was easy to use and extremelyadaptable as to what you specifically wanted to do to the images on there. Tools used include theLasso Tool; This tool was to crop out a rough outline of the picture that can be edited properlyafter. It cropped out neatly with the use of the magic wand used. Magic Wand; This tool allowedme to select elements which were not needed in the image. I could change the tolerance of thistool which was very useful in cutting out little and big parts of the image. Brush; The brush allowedme to smoothen the edges of the picture. I could change the size of the brush and make thehardness between 0-100. I also became familiar with the Dodge tool which I used to make hereyes seem lighter than they originally are, First I selected the Dodge tool and selected the right sizefor the eye and clocked on the eye until it became as light as I wanted it to be. The spot heelingtool was another tool I did not know about before, this tool is used to remove any spots from skinwith a simple click where the spot is. I used this tool in order to make my artists skin look clear.
InDesign• This software is used widely in the media industry and it was a new experience to use this software, especially as its used by professionals. I found the software difficult to use during my preliminary, however through consistency, it was easier to create my final magazine. InDesign was the core piece of software when it came to making my magazine. InDesign is an amazing piece of software with so many useful tools which made the production of my magazine easier. An example of a useful tool is the ability to create layers on your magazine. It allows you to put every item on your magazine on a different layout, making it a lot easier to manage the layout and editing of the magazine. You can hide layers as well as padlock them so you don’t accidently move or edit something when you’re trying to work on something else. My knowledge of InDesign has increased dramatically over the constant use of it and just having a play around with some of the functions. Other exclusive functions include:• Able to produce professional print work• Use fonts that are not part of the Adobe package• Use layers and add images etc.• Use creative tools and control the typography
Internet• Throughout this task I have used the internet in order to either gain feedback or carry out research on different topics which include; other R&B magazines, magazine conventions or target audiences and stereotypes; I felt that the internet allowed me to access all of the information that I needed in order to create my magazine; I think that without this, it wouldn’t have as much detail and as it would lack some of the information and images that I found online. This was also a crucial part of my work as it allowed me to connect to the internet to access and upload my work onto blogger and to do the following; Look at tutorials for airbrushing images on Photoshop. Being able to download fonts to use for my magazine. Search for other magazines as part of my research and planning.
Prezi• I used this website to display my work in a unique way during the planning, research and also the evaluation stage. It made my work more appealing as it displayed it in a way that is different from PowerPoint. It also offered features such as arrows to emphasis importance on certain areas of my work. It was easy to sign up to and was simple to embed into my blog which was important.
SlideShare• This site was useful to transform a PowerPoint into a presentation, I needed to do this to be able to upload the presentation onto my blog. This website helped me to do so easily by simply embedding the link and made my work look professional. The only draw backs are that slide transitions or effects are not reflected in the software and the slideshow is open to the public for everyone to access.
Apple iMac• The software I used was on an Apple iMac desktop computer where I created my magazine. The computer was fast and made it quicker and easier for me to create magazine. It was difficult to get used to the software at first, as I was used to a Windows software system. Apple iMac was the main technology I used for my work. It had all the necessary programs/technologies that I needed to do the best work possible such as PhotoShop, InDesign and Grab which without I could not have done any of this magazine. Apple iMac’s are the main technology used by the music magazine industry as they have all the required programmes, technologies and ability to create, develop and publish music magazines.
Digital SLR• I used a digital SLR professional camera to take pictures of my models for my magazine. This camera allowed me to take high quality pictures that looked professional and realistic, I learnt many little things from using this camera as I have never used a professional camera before apart from my mobile phone camera. I learnt how to zoom in and out and how to change the concentration of an image as well as how to change the lighting settings and many other features that correspondingly make an image look professional and of high standard.
Lighting• I used special lighting equipment in the studio to help enhance the quality of my images, this helped me create professional photographs which would be seen in many other superior music magazines. This technology was new to me however I had a expert to help me adjust the lighting so that it was accurate when taking my images. However I did experience some problems which ate into some crucial time which could be used elsewhere. It helped me add shadow and depth to my images as well as making the models standout significantly from the background.
• Overall technology has helped me with my task of creating a front cover, contents page and double-page spread in numerous ways and without it; the end product I created would be considerably less professional and of a lesser quality. It would have also resulted in me being less organised and showing less cohesive and clear research, planning, skills and evidencing.
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