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Question Four: How did you usemedia technologies in theconstruction and research,planning and evaluation stages?
In the process of researching, producing andevaluating my product I used a range ofsoftware and hardware including, AdobePhotoshop, Google, iPhone, Prezi and Reaper.
Using Google, I could easily research newspapers. Icould find images of both front and second pages andcould then use these images to spot similar themes andconventions between all newspapers. I was then ableto use these as inspiration for when I made my ownproduct.
Using Google also helped in aiding me to learn how touse certain features on Adobe Photoshop, for example Ihad to search how to make the text stay in straightcolumns. This was useful as Photoshop is usually used asan image based manipulation software and there wasntmuch information on how to manipulate text. I usedPhotoshop to create both my first and second page - Iimported images which I had taken on an iPhone cameraand could use Photoshop to manipulate them to look theway I wanted. I found this useful because not many othersoftwares manipulate images as easily andstraightforwardly as Photoshop does.
I also used an iPhone camera because it takes professionallooking images and is also easy to use. Using this camera and thissoftware to edit the images was useful because it saved a lot oftime as everything was straight forward.Using Photoshop was good for my image manipulation as Icould resize the images without pixelating them. I could alsouse tools such as the eye dropper to ensure that the samecolours were used, so my newspaper stuck to a same colourscheme - helping with uniformity of the house style.
I produced my radio advertisement using reaper, this was usefulin being able to add sound clips for the backing track of theadvert. This sound clip then had to be uploaded onto a softwarecalled Soundcloud - from there I could embed the radioadvertisement onto my blog page.
I used the software Prezi to upload two of my evaluationquestions and to embed it onto my blog. I used the onlineblogging site blogger to upload my work. I found this websiteeasy to use and a less complicated way of keeping all my worktogether. It was used to show the process of my work from theearly research stages to the final evaluation stages and allowedme to keep a work diary to know where I was up to and what Ihad to be doing next.