What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?
From constructing this product I have learnt how to use a variety of new computer programs as well as how to efficiently use a camera. The camera I used throughout my coursework was a Canon eos 7D. I discovered that this camera produces very clear images which means when I edited the pictures I could zoom in without the picture becoming really pixilated. I learnt how to change the settings on the camera, including aperture, exposure time, sensitivity ISO and flash settings.
This helped me with my coursework as by taking a good picture first time round it meant I had to do less editing. During the photo shoots for my magazine, I used an additional flash to the one on the camera; this could be used independent from the camera and I therefore put it at different angles to find the best lighting in the pictures. To prevent shadowing in my pictures, I lit the shoot with lamps pointing at the model.
I also have learnt how to use new computer programs. The main two I have used throughout the year have been Photoshop cs4 and blogger. I was completely new to both programs before starting my coursework this year and have learnt a lot about them. I have used Photoshop to edit all of my photographs and to make each of my final products; this has included editing the colour balance, removing backgrounds and cropping the images, while I inserted pictures, wrote titles and added features to each of my final products. I found that having layers in Photoshop made the work a lot easier as, unlike on programs such as publisher, if I wanted to change one part of the page, it did not affect the rest of it.
Here are the tools on Photoshop; I have written about the tools I used the most when making my final products.
Blogger has proved an easy way to present all of my coursework. I prefer it being computer based as it means I can easily update and edit posts and do not have to print it off each time. Furthermore, I can present my work attractively by designing my blog and using a range of fonts and colours in the text. I have learnt how to post work, upload pictures and videos and design the blog to make it attractive. I have also added features such as 'labels' to organize my work well.
Another new program I have been introduced to is indesign. I used this program to make my magazine in my preliminary task and so have used my new skills to design my magazine and choose fonts while making my final products. I used the familiar programs Microsoft word and Microsoft publisher when producing my final products. As I was familiar with them, I could quickly makes notes using them. Publisher was useful as I used it to design each final product before putting the real thing together on Photoshop. When I print screened shots, I used publisher to save the shots as JPEG images. I used Microsoft word to write the interview for my double page spread as well as to make notes, for example magazine names.