What have you learnt
about technologies from
the process of
constructing this product?
At the start of media knowledge of technology was average
at using the computers, such as uploading single files
however my knowledge of how to use Photoshop and
InDesign were very limited especially InDesign.The
majority of my work was done on an Acer desktop
computer, with some of it done on a laptop.
For my photo-shoots I used a Nikon D40 camera. In my first
photo-shoot I knew how to zoom and take the photo due to my
basic understanding.Throughout the duration of my shoots I
have learnt to select the correct setting for the surroundings
allowing me to take the best possible photo. I also use the
gridlock feature in my photo-shoots, this places grids onto the
screen when taking the photo, so you can easily locate the centre
of the shot.This was useful when attempting to align my model
centrally. Another feature I learnt during the photo-shoots was to
change the aperture, this controls the amount of light entering
the camera effecting my photos.
Text on the magazine
All of my text was copied and pasted into Word and spell
checked to avoid grammar and spelling errors. I also used
synonyms to see if there was a better alternative to the
words I already wrote.
Pictures on the magazine
Once my pictures had been uploaded onto the computer, I opened
them up in PhotoshopCS6. Before this I have never had any experience
of this programme, so it was all new to me. I began by removing the
backgrounds from the images using the quick selection tool to do this.
But I gradually learnt it would not work this way every time, so I had to
use the magic wand tool which allowed me to remove all of the
background, also I learnt to change the tolerance of the tool so it would
increase the amount of background selected or decrease the amount
selected. I then used the air brush tool to remove any imperfections
from the image.This often happened when removing the
background, as it left a bumpy outline. I managed to do this after
spending lots of my free time playing around with the software and
watching tutorial to understand it.
After I edited the pictures on Photoshop, I used InDesign to
create my double page spread which allowed me to import
my edited photos from photo-shop. I have never used this
programme before and I really struggled to get to grips with
it to start with, but as I spent more and more time in lessons
and my frees using it I have improved massively.This
software allowed me to create in line text and use a variety
of fonts to bring out the quirkiness and house style that
appeals to my target audience. I also learnt how to use the
kerning tool to remove gaps in between my text, as well as
the stretch tool.
By using the blogging site, ‘Edublogs’ I was able to
communicate ideas through to people and measure
responses which helped me in the development of my
magazine. Using the site to blog all the processes in
creating my magazine really helped as I was able to keep up
to date with all my work. I was able to post any
developments whenever I wanted. It also came with the
advantage of being able to look at other blogs. I could
create ideas and develop similar designs from others.
YouTube was one of the most important websites I used as I
was able to find tutorials on how to use certain features of
Photoshop and InDesign that I could not use. One of the
tutorials was on how to actually use Photoshop with all of
the tools and basics on editing photos-
I have never used Prezi before but I saw it and thought it would be a good
way for me answer one of the evaluation question. I am confident in using
this type of technology as I found it very easy and simple to use but shows my
question in a smart way. I believe this is a fantastic way of creating an
excellent power point which great visual effects.
I have also used hyperlinks to the different sites I have
used. On the last page I have embedded a video which
is to show what I could also do to sell magazines.
Making an app
I have built my own app for my magazine. I
believe this would be a massive advantage
over my competitors as none of them have
branched out in to this market yet. I have
looked at the pricing of the app and i think it
would be reasonable to price the app at £1.69.
I thought with technology becoming better
and better, my target audience would be more
interested in downloading and buying an app
rather than buying the magazine.
I have decided to also make a QR code. I thought this would be a
good idea as people don't actually know what it is until they scan
the picture with their smartphones. I believe this would be a
good thing to do as I could get the code to put on to t-shirts, hats
and bags which would create a media hype because people don't
know what it is until they scan it. This would help me to sell
magazines as it would appeal to my target audience, using
Making my own QR code
To conclude, thanks to the making of the product, I have
learnt how to use some complex techniques about how to
use Photoshop and InDesign at a high standard, and where
each tool comes in handy. But also through tutorials on
YouTube, all these forms of technology are responsible for
the three products I have created.