WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT ABOUT
TECHNOLOGIES FROM THE PROCESS OF
CONSTRUCTING THIS PRODUCT?
Photoshop- i used this program to create my magazine product. Each
page i designed was created on Photoshop as you can layer different
individual elements of pages over each other, to help create a desired
effect which i used to edit all my photos, using a less tool to crop
images or adjust brightness and exposure levels of my image, make a
layout for my magazine by creating shapes using a shape tool, select
and use different fonts available to enhance my magazines
authenticity. A useful tool i also used was the colour picker, this
allowed me to take a colour from my images or anything on the page
and allowed me to use this in another place on the page to help get an
exact match of coloring. But i had never used this software before so
it took me a while to get the hang of using photo shop as i was very
limited in my ability to use the folds and techniques needed and
available on photo shop. Although i now after this project in making
my magazine am confident in using the software and defiantly think i
used it to the best of my ability for my magazine.
Cameras- For the cameras i used a Nikon D3200 which is the
schools camera. It takes high quality pictures that i used to
put on my cover page, double page spread and single article
page. I feel with this camera i got the best quality pictures
that i could have possibly taken for my magazine then
enhancing their quality using the photo shop editing feature.
I did have a Nikon camera myself but due
to safety reasons i didn't want to use it for this project, so i
already new how to use the camera and its features to its
Lighting equipment- I used lighting for taking my images for
my magazine to help them look more professional. But these
lights made them look a better quality due to the fact that the
lighting enhanced these images giving my band members a more
natural look in front of the camera, all making my works
authenticity. I hadn't used any lighting for photography before so
it took me a number of shots till i got the hang of how to use them
but it was easy to set them up and they had a positive effect on
Computer/Laptops- When creating my magazine and doing
all the research and planning for it i used both the school and
my own personal laptop to produce this project coursework.
My own laptop is an Apple MacBook Pro which i used mostly
for the research and planning and blog update posts.
I didn't learn anything new about computer technology from
doing this coursework but i leant a lot about the software's
and programs i utilized on them.
Blogger- This was the first time id used blogger, therefore i didn't
have much knowledge of the website or how to use it. So at the
start of the coursework it took me a while to get the hang of
it, although it is a pretty simply and easy to learn website. I found
the labels very useful as you can group posts and therefore
making locating them easier by the set up and layout of my blog
making it easier for me to use and follow as well as other users. I
made sure i posted regularly of every piece of research and stage
of this process in making my magazine onto my blog, starting
from my preliminary task to the evaluation.
Scribd- I used scribd for uploading any big and long
documents onto my blog that had been done on Microsoft
Word, as i could place text and images together more easily
this way onto the blog. I used this to place
my article, my mood board, Analysis of magazine
titles, colour palettes, text fonts and analysis of cover
pages, double page spreads and contents pages. Id never
used this website before so therefore from this i have learn a
new skill in another software.
Internet(Google Chrome/Internet explorer)- I used all
these services as part of my research and planning. The
search engine available on Google was vital in helping me
fine magazine examples, information on institutions and
useful images. All these web providers were brilliant in
providing helpful facilities. I had used them before so i use
them efficiently to their best potential.
Microsoft Word 2007- I used this software in order tow rite up
my double page spread article and all my analysis's that i
made of cover pages, contents pages and double
page spreads. I chose to do these pieces of work on a word
document because i know it would encourage me to focus on
the quality rather then getting distracted on photoshop or on
a blog post by making it look good. Also this software had
spell check and thesaurus facilities to help improve my texts
article and analysis detail. I had used this software a number
of times before i was new of all the facilities available and
how to use it to its full potential.
Memory Stick- I used this as a back up, to save all my work
and research so i had a second back up of this work and
nothing could be lost in my magazine design process. I also
used this memory stick as a sauce of transport of my
work, so i could use and update pieces of work on the school
computers to then doing it on my laptop, this gave me more
time to complete my work successfully. I had used this
device before to improve efficiency.