Final Major Project: Research Pack

This research pack will be outlining all my completed research methods, sources, my research portfolio and references to my interviewees and target audience along with why I have made these choices. Also how this all links to my project topic. It will also contain links from other blog posts which have reference to the content of the research pack and criteria that it covers.

Contents:

  • Research methods
  • Sources of research
  • Qualitative and qualitative research used
  • Interviews conducted
  • Presenting my research (portfolio)
  • Target audience
  • Style Guide
  • References

 

As part of my Final Major Project, research was compulsory since it helped my to both gain and brush up on knowledge of the magazine I will be emulating which includes the style, content, layout and text within it. However, to do this effectively, I needed to know what research methods to carry out, what sources to use and how to present it all. This part of the process may have been one of the most time-consuming parts but it was made slightly easier with the experience of past projects and units such as my first final project and research unit. The first final project was when I first encountered the ‘Outdoor Photography’ brand since I created an emulated double-page spread for this magazine. My research unit also played a major part of this since it helped me decide on the most suitable research methods depending on my topic. All of these factors combined helped me to make the most appropriate choices for my topic and chosen medium.

Research methods: 

(Covers Unit 8  1.1/2.1)- First of all, I knew immediately that my research was going to consist of both primary and secondary research because of my two topics. The topic on how technology has enabled amateur photographers to produce stunning photos fell mainly under secondary as it involved research on current photographic technology available in the market today including mobile phone editing platforms, cameras, lenses and research into photographic darkrooms. However, primary research came into this section too because I decided to carry out some email interviews with professional photographers to gather their views and opinions on photographic technology for use in the double-page spreads. However, this also fell into the bracket of why photography has become part of people’s everyday lives because I was able to gather their experiences of how they gained interest and how much it means to them. This part of my project topic consisted of mainly primary  since it featured experiences of myself as an amateur photographer (counting as primary research) and those opinions from the professionals I interviewed.

(Covers unit 8 2.2)- This amount of primary and secondary research each was also due to how ‘Outdoor Photography’ has what they call ‘zones’ in every magazine issue such as articles from the photographers on their work but also those that feed the reader information on cameras, accessories and locations to shoot so this level of primary and secondary research will create a nice balance for my double-page spreads.

(Covers Unit 8 2.1)- When it came to researching the information and knowledge required for my opening page (Editor’s Letter) this posed a much less heavier work load because it purely relied on sources from the magazine itself which was the page itself. This meant that the research was all secondary research because it didn’t require me to carry out any interviews or to research anything information from scratch. This section was also much easier to research as well since the layout, text/fonts and positioning of columns and side boxes are all the same in every issue of ‘Outdoor Photography’.

Sources of research:

(Covers Unit 8 2.1/1.1)- But where there’s primary and secondary research, there has to be sources. Although, this mainly applied to my secondary research. Even so, it meant the use of existing magazine publications of my brand (including online) since they helped me to brush-up my previous knowledge and experience with the layout, style and text for the double-page spreads of my  publication. However, other secondary sources included: online sources of ‘Outdoor Photography’, sources of information on smartphone photo-editing tools, computer editing software and photographic darkrooms. When it came to my opening page, I only really required the one secondary source of the opening page itself from ‘Outdoor Photography’. This was for a number of reasons: because this part of the research only required secondary since it didn’t require any interviews or statistical data. Also, all the elements I needed to emulate the page like the columns, text font, measurements and side boxes were all present on the page and ready for me to examine and apply to my research portfolio.

(Covers Unit 8 1.1)- From considering whether primary or secondary research would be involved; which methods and sources or research will be used all the way to which people to talk to, all of these skills are vital for success within the industry. Journalists are an immediate example for when they are investigating for an article/report- this also applies to TV news broadcasters, radio reporters and broadcast journalists too.

Qualitative and qualitative research used:

However, whether it was primary or secondary research I focused on at any one time, it required me to remember my research unit where we focused on qualitative and quantitative research. (Covers Unit 8 2.1/2.2)- I know for a fact that the ‘Outdoor Photography’ magazine has very little to no statistical data in it so I definitely didn’t use any quantitative research. However, the fact that the magazine is all article/language based meant that I had to use qualitative research to fit the magazine style and to also conduct my interview questions. I remembered from the research unit that qualitative means much more detailed answers to the questions which is exactly what I needed for my project in relation to what photography means to professionals. To ensure that my qualitative research with my interviews was worth it, I used my knowledge of conducting open and neutral questions to ensure I gathered as much detail as possible for to use in my double-page spreads and to relate to the magazine’s style.

Interviews conducted:

Here are the questions I conducted to ask my interviewees along with the replies I got from both of them (also refer to my research portfolio):

 

Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is Grace Pulford and I am a Print and Journalism student at Canterbury College to one day, hopefully, become a photojournalist. I am currently researching for my next project which will be investigating why photography has become a part of many people’s lives- whether its career, hobby or passion, along with how the latest digital technology has enabled many beginners to eventually become near enough professionals. Because of this, it would be much appreciated if you wouldn’t mind answering some questions for me (which will play a major part of my project):

  1. What caused you to gain an interest in photography in the first place and why?
  2. Why do you feel that photography has been a part of your life?
  3. How do you feel that technology and computing software today has allowed many beginners to produce professional-quality photos?
  4. What are your opinions on the use of technology and computing software to assist photo quality?
  5. If you have ever used technology and computing software in any of your work, what have you used?
  6. Would you recommend the use of technology for beginners in order to achieve professional-quality photos and why?
  7. Is there any general advice you would personally give to anyone wishing or beginning to take on photography?

If you have any answers to these questions, please email me back to: gracelizpulford@gmail.com. It would be much appreciated and help me massively with my project.

Thank you so much for your time.

 

Interview 1

(Swales, S. 2016)

 

Interview 2

(Sedgwick-Jones, K. 2016)

Interview 2.5

(Sedgwick-Jones, K. 2016)

(Covers Unit 8 3.1)- Before this term started, I made the choice to start conducting my interview questions a week early and sent the first one to a professional photographer who had his work published in issue 203 April 2016  of ‘Outdoor Photography’. The reason I began this part of the research early was in case I didn’t receive a reply in a specific time period which would allow me to come up with a plan to fall back on to if it came to it.

 

Presenting my research (portfolio):

(Covers Unit 8 2.1)- In terms of presenting my research, I decided to present all my findings in a physical portfolio book for a number of reasons:  I carried this out with my first final project and due to the success this resulted in with me, I knew I could pass it on to this project with remembering how it allowed me to become more thoroughly engaged with the content as well as seeking ways of organizing my findings by hand, and using my writing skills without the use of a computer.

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Target Audience:

(Covers Unit 8 2.2)- Without knowledge of my target audience for this project, I wouldn’t have been able to research the information I would need for my final double-page spreads. In addition to this, I wouldn’t have decided on the main topics for my project as I would have no audience to attract with it. But since my project holds a two-way topic, the target audience for my Final Major Project is a bit two-way. The magazine of ‘Outdoor Photography’ is aimed at those with an interest or passion for photography including well-known professions who have their work featured. However, my topic narrows the audience down though to those who are wishing to or have started to take up photography and those who hold an interest in the latest technology able to assist these tasks. Both of these cover all backgrounds and genders (especially with my topic). However, it has come to my attention that my target audience is less about age and more about categories of interest since my topic illustrates no two alike reasons for people’s love for photography. (Covers Unit 8 2.2)- During my double-page spread and opening cover production, I will need prove to show that I have considered my research by using elements from my secondary research. The target audience/reader should be able to tell virtually no difference between mine and the original if the layout, text fonts, language style and measurements are all correct.

Style Guide:

(Covers Unit 8 1.1)- I was introduced to the style guide for the very first time at the very beginning of the Final Major Project. But the purpose of it started to make clear sense not only in general but also to my specific project. The reason I developed my own style guide was mainly because of my chosen medium which are two emulated magazine double-page spreads so this style guide outlined every little detail in relation to the way ‘Outdoor Photography’ present: the information, paragraphs, text fonts, drop caps, and sizes depending on their role on the page including sections and how names, money and dates are also presented. This style guide also included measurements and distance measurements for paragraphs, text columns and page perimeter and column separation lines.

However, this style guide is one which I have developed according to analysis of the magazine itself since I was unable to find an existing one online.

 

FMP style guide

FMP Style Guide:

Layout: Throughout the magazine there are sections that have vertical and/or horizontal lines just inside the perimeter of the page. These lines are especially present in the ‘Locations Guide’ and ‘Nature Zone’. Although they do not go all down the page in the ‘Nature Zone’. The Locations guide is incredibly popular with these lines because they are seen going through almost every space between each paragraph, column of text and image. However, these are also seen frequently across a number of photographer’s articles.

Measurements: The measurements of the page lines and separation lines vary on every page. However, in the ‘Locations Guide’ the vertical lines cover the length of the page with an approximate 9mm distance between the line and edge of the page. Horizontally, this measures at a 13-15mm. The horizontal line reaches the entire width of the double-page spread. When lines are in between columns and images they measure halfway in between them at 3mm.

Punctuation: Much of the punctuation throughout the magazine consists of simple full stops, commas and apostrophes where and when appropriate. There is use of dashes, colons and question marks although these are infrequent.

Font: The font varies all throughout the magazine depending on the text, what information it holds, and where on the page it is: The main article headlines are in ‘Arial Black’ at size approx 34pt. The Articles themselves are in font ‘Times New Roman’ at size approx 12pt. However, the sub-headlines for articles involving photographers and/or their work art are in italics all throughout with the photographer’s name always highlighted in bold. With the side photo indicators, there are three fonts involved: the position indicator is in ‘Times New Roman italics’, the photo description is in ‘Arial’ and the photographic device used is in ‘Arial italics’. All of which are a size 11pt.

Drop caps: At the beginning of each article, drop caps very frequently appear throughout the magazine. They take up no more than four lines in total but no less than three. Despite the font for the rest of the article, the font size always remains as ‘Arial’.

Paragraphs: the length of every paragraph varies depending on the page layout but it never goes beyond 20mm before the bottom edge of the page. The width also varies depending on the layout but can be anything from 50mm-60mm or as much as 95mm. This also includes the drop caps. The distance between each paragraph columns measures out at 6mm.

Page folios: The page folios contain the page number, name of the magazine and month of the issue. All of these are in the font of ‘Arial’ at size approx 11pt. The page number and the month of the issue are the only elements of it highlighted in bold.

 

Bibliography (refer to research portfolio):

Buckley, D. (2016) ‘Lodge Park wood, Pembrokeshire’. Outdoor Photography, (issue 204 May 2016) p.49

Cairns, P. (2014). ‘How to take awesome wildlife photos’/’Plan and then plan some more’. Outdoor Photography, (issue 175 February 2014) P.26-27.

Cairns, P. (2014). ‘Giving your subject soul’/’Use Winter light’. Outdoor Photography, (issue 175 February 2014) P.28-29.

Campbell, L. (2014) ‘Life in the Wild’. Outdoor Photography, (issue 175 February 2014) p.68-69.

Campbell, L. (2016). ‘Life in the wild’ Outdoor Photography, (issue 204 May 2016) p.72.

Campbell, L. (2016). ‘Life in the wild’ Outdoor Photography, (issue 204 May 2016) p.72.

Advertisement for Canon from ‘PARK Cameras’. Outdoor Photography, (issue 203 April 2016) p.96.

Egbert, L. (2015). ‘What is a darkroom?’ Logan Egbert, 21st November. Available at: http://loganegbert.com/blog/the-darkroom-an-intro/ (accessed: 1st May 2016).

Evans, G. (2016) ‘Reader Gallery’ Outdoor Photography, (issue 204 May 2016) p.60.

Evans, G. (2016) ‘Reader Gallery’ Outdoor Photography, (issue 204 May 2016) p.61.

Frost, L. (2016) ‘Quick guide to… Perspective’ Outdoor photography, (issue 203 April 2016) p.37.

Garvey-Williams, R. (2016). ‘High frame shooting for wildlife.’ Outdoor Photography, (issue 204 May 2016) p.38.

Garvey-Williams, R. (2016). ‘High frame shooting for wildlife.’ Outdoor Photography, (issue 204 May 2016) p.38.

Harris, G. (2016). ‘Tremadog Bay, Gwynedd’. Outdoor Photography, (issue 203 April 2016) p.51.

Horton, M. (2016) ‘Getting low’. Outdoor Photography, (issue 203 April 2016) p.33.

Horton, M. (2016) Unknown article name. Outdoor Photography, (issue 203 April 2016) p.30.

‘How does a darkroom work?’ (Unknown date), eHow. available at: http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4566110_a-darkroom-work.html (accessed: 2nd May 2016).

‘How does a darkroom work?’ (Unknown date), eHow. available at: http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4566110_a-darkroom-work.html (accessed: 2nd May 2016).

‘How does a darkroom work?’ (Unknown date), eHow. available at: http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4566110_a-darkroom-work.html (accessed: 2nd May 2016).

Nail, A. (2016) ‘Weather and lighting’. Outdoor Photography, (issue 204 May 2016) p.32.

Nail, A. (2016) ‘weather and lighting’. Outdoor Photography, (issue 204 May 2016) p.32

Nail, A. (2016) ‘Weather and lighting’. Outdoor Photography, (issue 204 May 2016) p.32.

Nail, A. (2016) ‘Weather and lighting’. Outdoor Photography, (issue 204 May 2016) p.32.

Nail, A. (2016) ‘How to photograph epic landscapes’. Outdoor Photography, (issue 204 May 2016) p.30.

Advertisement for Nikon from ‘Wex Photographic’. Outdoor Photography, (issue 203 April 2016) p.94.

Noton, D. (2014). ‘The Bear Necessities’. Outdoor Photography, (issue 175 February 2014) P.38-39.

Noton, D. (2016) Unknown article name. Outdoor Photography, (issue 203 April 2016) p.40

Advertisement for Olympus, Fujifilm and Sony from ‘Wex Photographic’. Outdoor Photography, (issue 2016) p.94.

Outdoor Photography (Unknown author) (2016) ‘Perch Rock Lighthouse, Merseyside’. Outdoor Photography, (issue 204 May 2016) p.50.

Outdoor Photography (Unknown author), (2016) ‘Porth-Cadjack, Cornwall’. Outdoor Photography, (issue 204 May 2016) p.53.

Outdoor Photography (Unknown author) (2016) ‘Portreath, Cornwall’ Outdoor Photography, (issue 204 May 2016) p.51.

Pakarklis, E. (2014) ‘9 iPhone camera features every photographer should know’. iPhone Photography School, 11th November. Available at: http://iphonephotographyschool.com/iphone-camera/ (accessed 25th April 2016).

Advertisement for Panasonic and Olympus from ‘PARK Cameras’. Outdoor Photography, (issue 203 April 2016) p.96.

Parkinson, A. (2016) ‘To feed or not to feed’ Outdoor Photography, (issue 204 May 2016) p.42.

Pulford, G (2016) Email to Kaye Sedgwick-Jones, 26th April.

Pulford, G (2016) Email to Kaye Sedgwick-Jones, 26th April.

Pulford, G (2016) Email to Kaye Sedgwick-Jones, 26th April.

Pulford, G (2016) Email to Simon Swales, 10th April.

Pulford, G (2016) Email to Simon Swales, 10th April.

Ray, A. (2016) ‘Porth Nanven Cove, Cornwall.’ Outdoor Photography, (issue 204 May 2016) p.46.

Santillo, D. (2016) ‘In the spotlight’ Outdoor Photography, (issue 203 April 2016) p.71.

Santillo, D. Smith, N. (2016) ‘In the spotlight… Dan Santillo’ Outdoor Photography, (Issue 203 April 2016) p.70.

Sparks, J (2016) ‘In the spotlight’ Outdoor Photography, (issue 204 May 2016) p.63.

Sparks, J. Smith, N. (2016) ‘In the spotlight… Jon Sparks’ Outdoor Photography, (issue 204 May 2016) p.71.

Swales, S. (2016) ‘Goatfell, Isle of Arran.’ Outdoor photography, (issue 203 April 2016) p.48.

Take your photography further. (2015), [screencast] Available at: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/how-to/photo-retouching.html (accessed: 21st April 2016).

Advertisement for Tamron SP from ‘PARK Cameras’. Outdoor Photography, (issue 203 April 2016) p.96.

Watkins, S (2016) ‘Editor’s letter.’ Outdoor Photography, (issue 204 May 2016) p.1.

Watkins, S (2016) ‘Editor’s letter.’ Outdoor Photography, (issue 204 May 2016) p.1.

Watkins, S. (2016) ‘Editor’s letter: A different way…’ Outdoor Photography, (issue 203 April 2016) p.1.

Watkins, S. (2016) ‘Editor’s letter: A different way…’ Outdoor Photography, (issue 203 April 2016) p.1.

Weston, C. (2016) ‘Chemistry and magic.’ Outdoor Photography (issue 203 April 2016) p.63.

Weston, C. (2016) ‘Chemistry and magic.’ Outdoor Photography (issue 203 April 2016) p.63.

What is Photoshop? (2015), [Screencast] Available at: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/how-to/photoshop-cc.html (accessed: 21st April 2016).

Young, S. (2016). ‘On the wing.’ Outdoor photography, (issue: 203 April 2016) p.84.

Young, S. (2016). Unknown title. Outdoor photography, (issue: 203 April 2016) p.84.

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Final Major Project: Research Pack

Final Major Project: Week 6 weekly progress

Even though I’m happy that I made the amount of progress I intended to (mainly because I completed the first draft for my double-page spread #1) I mainly feel happy for it all because of what problems I faced throughout the week, how I solved them and also how much I learned about my own project work.

(Covers Unit 8 3.1/2.2)- This was was almost entirely the production of my double-page spread #1. However, when I said ‘almost’ this brings me to what obstacles I faced this week. For instance, I was halfway to nearly finished with completing the first draft of this week’s double-page spread when on Tuesday were all discussing our research portfolios and it came to my attention that I had forgotten some of the minor elements that I should have included such as the measurements for paragraphs, page corner headlines, page number folios and distances between all of these too. This not only made me concerned that others would think I hadn’t carried out my research effectively enough but I could see that not having  these measurements as a guideline did start to have an effect on my first draft- mainly with it not looking entirely as replicated as it could have. This was when I made the choice to identify and make these additions to my research but to also attend the college LRC on the Friday when I had no classes so that I could thoroughly concentrate on progressing with the double-page spread at my own pace and spend as much time as I needed with making the required adjustments.

(Covers Unit 8 4.1/2.2)- When I left that day though, I was thrilled that I did take the time that day because due to having a brush-up of the measurements of the ‘Outdoor Photography’ magazine I was able to notice the difference it made to the double-page spread #1 straight away when it came to the final PDF draft. Not only had I trimmed down the article more of what wouldn’t really be present in the magazine (all being carried on from my feedback on Tuesday) but this allowed me to measure out the paragraphs according to my research much more accurately. The whole process of this was about ensuring all the measurements were in place and even though it did mean having to rearrange almost the entire layout for this double-page spread it really was worth it in the end since the whole spread looked much more spaced out and less crammed together. This doesn’t at all mean that I hadn’t followed or conducted my research properly otherwise my previous double-page spread or this one would look unprofessional and nothing like the magazine I intend to emulate. It just means that I simply forgot some simple but easily fixable elements both to my research portfolio and both my double-page spreads. (Covers Unit 8 3.1)- Speaking of my last double page spread #2, the fact that I had to edit my current one this week meant that I did have to go back and at least start editing that one with the correct measurements and trimming down the article of that one whilst using the feedback provided from my previous one. Since the comments on it would probably relate well to the article I started editing, I did feel a bit of disappointment in myself for how much I did edit towards the end. (Covers Unit 8 2.2/1.1)- However, I did decide the night before that I would be altering the article and photo for that double-page spread, purely because I wanted to vary the theme of the article since very few of them are based on the exact same location. However, I only had to edit the main points of the photo because the beginning part if it still worked reasonably well for my new photo used.

(Covers Unit 8 4.1)- As for feedback and progress tracking this week, I mainly commented in my tracking book how much I have learned this week regarding my research portfolio requiring the measurements and additional content. But also with how asking for feedback from my tutor made much more of a positive impact to my work than I anticipated. Not that I didn’t have faith in his response in the first place, it was purely just that my confidence levels at the beginning of the week were lower than the should have been but also what I wanted them to be. (Covers Unit 8 1.1)- However, this also made me realize the importance of this particular skill’s use in the industry such as: when journalists are having their work proof-read by their magazine/newspaper editor or even in radio production when work is constantly being proof-read for any grammatical errors. In response to all my thoughts from the week, my tutor commented in my progress tracker that it was good to be looking through my drafts and articles and for me to keep this going by sending more drafts fro examination- whether it’s in class or even via email. He also gave me a little reassurance to make sure that I was saying all I needed to in my articles with as few words as possible in relation to my magazine brand.

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(Covers unit 8 4.1)- All of these events that happened during my production this week allowed perfect room for my three main targets for next week: To finish the final draft for the double-page spread I created last week along with the featured article; to gain feedback for the first article I developed (for my double-page spread #2) and to finally update my research with the Harvard references, minor amounts of content and to create a content page for easy accessibility. In terms of last week’s targets, my main target was to start asking for feedback from my tutor on my articles and double-page spread layouts. Even though I admit I didn’t really do it as much I hoped to, it was an achievement for me to do it for the number of times I did this week and it did make me realize that it will only increase my ability to self-instruct according to it and as a result, make my work better in the long term.

Final Major Project: Week 6 weekly progress

Final Major Project: Week 6 production log

Since we are now on week six for our Final Major Project, it meant that I started to make a solid start on the first draft for my next double-page spread in the appropriate layout in the style of the magazine ‘Outdoor Photography’, and containing the relevant photos- all of which have been taken/sourced myself so will require no referencing, along with the majority of the written articles.

However, alongside my main production, a lot of extra or accidentally missed out information has crossed my kind via my tutors and fellow class members.

(Covers unit 8 3.1/1.1)- Unlike the very first draft I did for this project, I was able to just get straight on with using Adobe Indesign software since I knew all the software skills and tools off-by-heart at that point. These all included: planning and measuring out my paragraphing measurements in average sync to the magazine and also replicating the tiny page heading(s) with millimeter accuracy in distance and font style. This was also when I started to conduct the ‘first draft’ for my articles that would be part of that double-page spread. Like last week though, I did struggle to make a start with the article but this was due to more than having it come naturally to me; I suddenly remembered on Monday that I accidentally left the memory card with the photos I needed to use at home so I wasn’t able to make nearly an effective start as I could have. This was when I tried to envisage the photos as if they were in their position on the spread and produce what I could there and then. But on Tuesday I did remember the memory card and so I was able to progress effectively enough to complete one of the articles that day.

(Covers unit 8 1.1)- The fact that I used this specific kind of problem-solving skill actually gave me a lot to reflect on in relation to my own study progress and the industry. I know for a fact that, even though problem-solving skills like these are used in every aspect of the industry whether it’s radio production, TV broadcasting or journalism, the way I dealt with it wouldn’t be good enough as a working journalist because a solution would need to be done that moment in order for the news/project to still be published. However, the fact that I am not yet in that position but building up my skills to one day be in that position and I had no other suitable photo sources I could or wanted to use, it is still a valuable learning curve for me to reflect on in the future and for upcoming projects.

(Covers unit 8 2.1)- Whilst I was just over half way through the completion of my double-page spread this week, I did stumble over the concern for myself that I may not have included enough journalistic content within this, since the majority of it was taken up with my own experience article and photos- even though I was intending to replicate the style of my magazine. Even though I did consider my available options such as using my email interviews for why photography is part of the lives of those I email interviewed. I would put this into a format like found during my research where professional photographers are interviewed via the magazine on their work featured in it. However, in every issue, the first question always remains the same: ‘How do/would you describe your work?’ (Covers unit 8 4.1)- Since I wasn’t entirely sure about this idea because I was concerned it wasn’t ‘journalistic’ enough, I consulted my tutor over this matter and described that I could put it in the format of the magazine section involving this- which he seemed to approve and have no problem with, alongside the fact that it seemed to balance out nicely with research-related content and opinion/experience-related content. (Covers unit 8 3.1)- This was proved by both my double-page spreads because the amount of research-related content from both spreads would add up to approximately one whole double-page spread and the opinion-related content would add up to the other spread, resulting in a nice and justifiable balance.

(Covers unit 8 3.1/4.1)- Shifting my focus back to the main production of the week, this links back to one of my targets set last week which was to ask for more frequent feedback on my double-page spread drafts and articles from my tutor- which is exactly what I did today with the article I completed. This feedback was in the form of small correction notes on the printed version of it which he went through with me after. The vast majority of it was sentence structure and minor grammar with small prompts of where they should be positioned. This was fairly straightforward feedback in the sense that it only took me 10 minutes at the most to correct and, once it was gone through, it was clear where I went wrong. (Covers unit 8 2.2)- This feedback also reminded me of how the language in the magazine is very plain and not complicated to understand at all. Looking back at my writing, I saw that mine did ramble on a bit and slightly more than necessary too. But once I corrected those errors highlighted by my tutor, it did read quite a bit better and a little more like ‘Outdoor Photography’.

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(Covers Unit 8 4.1/2.2)- Even though I couldn’t help but feel a little disheartened with how much needed adjusting, it was outweighed much more by the levels of relief I had to asking for this feedback mainly because if I hadn’t and it came to my project being finally marked, it would have had a massive effect on my overall grade. And probably not a positive one. (Covers Unit 8 2.2)- This even immediately made me think of my research because the last thing I wanted was for anyone reading my double-page spread to think that I haven’t considered y research. However, the fact that this process does what it says on the tin: nothing but self-reflection, improvement and going back to my research in order to improve it reassured me that it would help me even more in the long-run. Also pointing out that this I building a stronger skill set and helping me to become more aware of my mistakes.

(Covers unit 8 2.1)- I had a bit of an interesting afternoon on Tuesday regarding my research portfolio; we went over the requirements for it as a class and it came to my attention that I had missed out a couple of minor elements within mine which were mainly measurements of various elements and paragraphs and a contents page at the beginning. However, I knew that this wasn’t worth threating over too much because it was easily fixable by going back through it and measuring all the element like page perimeter lines, paragraph texts and distances apart from each other. However, as a result of these or any additions/corrections to my research portfolio it will definitely mean updating my Harvard references for this to avoid any confusion, misunderstanding of the sources and possibilities of failing the unit.

(Covers Unit 8 3.1/2.2)- But in relation to the measurements for my double-page spreads, I realised that I hadn’t forgotten it completely because I carefully measured around the edge of the magazine to ensure my replications were as accurate as possible and also allowed the content to fit in more nicely. When it came to tiny measurements for the page corner titles and page number folios, I created my own little tool: I took all the measurements and distances in millimetres for the element and created a little box that held those same measurements. I then used the x and y axis tools within InDesign to move it by the millimetre to its position according to the magazine’s. When this was done, I could personally tell no difference from my double-page spread and the ‘Outdoor Photography’ magazine’s in terms of the corner title and page folio size/positioning.

(Covers unit 8 3.1/2.2)- In sync with my double-page draft created this week, it also brought my attention to the final draft I created last week- which as predicted, contained the same article errors I made this week. This meant that I had no choice but to revisit my first final draft and not so much ‘correct’ the mistakes but ‘adjust’ the articles to fit more into the language style of ‘Outdoor photography’. This was when I made the choice to attend the College LRC during the Friday this week in order to correct the article I produced this week along with half of the one I first created. (Covers unit 8 2.1)- When I sat down on Friday to have these errors adjusted, I was so happy to have my research portfolio now containing all the magazine’s measurements for everything. Since I mainly needed to remove chunks of text that didn’t really need to be there, it allowed me to play around more with the positioning of paragraphs and re-measure them to what they needed to be.

Here are the screenshots showing my production progress from the start of my double-page spread production on Monday to making the required adjustments on Friday:

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spread 1 #11

(Covers unit 8 2.2/4.1)- I personally feel that from having to reorganise almost the entire layout of my double-page spreads and deal with the demands of the articles, I am well and truly proud of how my final double-page spread for the week has turned out; it looks much more spaced out like the magazine and as a result, looks much less cluttered yet clear to understand. I do still have only the smallest elements to put into lace such as the ‘in The Spotlight’ section but that will be completed net week since that’s the time I will be set to complete the final draft of the double-page spread. I personally believe that looking at the before and after comparisons of this week’s double-page spread, I feel that today’s adjustments to it after have made it look much more like the emulation of the ‘Outdoor Photography’ magazine. Even though it was only adjustments such as measuring the paragraph widths to the millimetre of the magazine’s, trimming the articles of unnecessary punctuation and text to replicate the style of those in the magazine, it made a huge difference by making the overall aesthetics of the spread look like I had made thorough care with using my research findings. This doesn’t mean that I didn’t use it at all before, this whole process just required updates and adjustments due to minor elements I forgotten about slightly. However, now having resolved all these, it shows that I have made my work even better as a result!

 

Here is the finished first draft for this week in Comparison to the adjustments I made to it on Friday:

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draft 1 before

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spread 1 first draft

 

(Covers unit 8 3.1)- Even though I was only half way through last week’s draft when I finished on Friday, I was astonished by the difference it made to it just like the first one- making it look more conscious on special awareness and orderly. Keeping in mind that I have also decided to reproduce some of my article for this spread due to the fact that I wanted to vary the theme of it a bit more since in the ‘Outdoor Photography’ magazine the articles, experiences and the photos are very rarely or never based on the exact same location.

Here is the draft from last week which I am currently in the process of adjusting:

FMP final double page draft 2 (PDF)

spread 2 adjusted draft

 

 Article Harvard References:

Double-page spread 1:

As a landscape photographer (Swales, S. 2016) Simon Swales has always been closely drawn towards the sea and mountains- as shown in his photography (Outdoor Photography, 2016). Having been a contributor to the OP Locations Guides since 2015 (Outdoor Photography, 2016)  Grace Pulford puts him in the spotlight…

GRACE PULFORD How would you describe your work? (Santillo, D. Smith, N. 2016)

SIMON SWALES I am predominantly a landscape photographer. I visited the docks, ships and shipyards and took photographs to use for my studies. (Swales, S. 2016)

 

GP How did you gain an interest in photography? (Swales, S. 2016)

SS I gained my interest to provide reference material for my own studies at Liverpool polytechnic back in the 1980’s. I visited the docks, ships and shipyards and took photographs to use for my studies. (Swales, S. 2016)

 

GP What Technology have you used within your work? (Swales, S. 2016)

SS I always use the RAW file format and convert to a jpg or TIFF using a pc so that the image can be displayed on a monitor. For this I use Adobe Photoshop. I only make minor adjustments with the software. (Swales, S. 2016)

 

GP What general advice would you give to any amateur photographer? (Swales, S. 2016)

SS Prepare to make a lot of mistakes. Eventually it will all come together and then you’ll get images that can sit with the best. (cameras / lenses) gets better all the time and computing software is the digital darkroom. (Swales, S. 2016)

 

Double-page spread 2:

As an beginning photographer, I have clearly used technology within my photos. To answer the question of which one, my phone. But nowadays, it’s simply not enough to state that. When it comes to my trustworthy Samsung Galaxy S5, I know that technology is helping me out. But without it I wouldn’t be holding the levels of admiration I have for my photos right now.

As an amateur photographer and journalism student, I know I still have a lot to learn about this art. During the introduction to Adobe Photoshop (Adobe, 2015) in the early development of this passion, I was better at losing track of all the editorial tools on offer than actually using them. I didn’t blame myself: from tools that adjust colour tone, cutting separate image elements, removal of hazes, to addition of blur effects, (Adobe, 2015) the whole package deal of it introduced that rush of anxiety inside me.

Having walked out with severe information overload, I can’t really agree that technology actually helps amateur photographers with this: many of the tools and software available today are highly advanced. Too advanced for the average amateur maybe? Referring back to Photoshop, adding how it can link to Lightroom which allows photos to be ‘easily’ organised and shared via Photoshop, (Adobe, 2016) it can somewhat mislead and often be hard to tell them both apart for their intended purposes.

On the opposite side of the spectrum though, I think of my first weapon for success… my Smartphone. Focusing on the two photos below, one obviously looks like the tone on it was adjusted. Try covering the left one up though and rethink: what perspective does it give? Does it look more like mist, or a winter sunrise? The effect tools on my phone were what asked those questions. In fact, it’s most interesting to see what just playing around with the tools can do to vary the entire atmosphere. From what I have witnessed, phones are slowly but surely convincing us that one shot will consider amateurs as professionals overnight. Looking back in time to when darkrooms were in constant use but the photographer was unable to reveal any photo until the end (Egbert, L. 2016). Now we have magazine adverts with full pages for endless lens options alongside the long lists with their prices (PARK Cameras. 2016.) I haven’t even considered lenses myself yet. Why? In my eyes, all a beginner should focus on their photographic device itself.

 

There is a difference between digital photography and digital image making. The end product in digital photography is the print and always will be. The end product in digital image making is displaying the image on a monitor. Technology and software is available to both beginners and professionals (Swales, S. 2016)

Yes I encourage beginners to use technology to TAKE shots. I then would say for them not to rely on editing software, if the shot did not come out… look at why? Was it the light? The film speed to fast? Software should be for touching up, slight tweaking or fixing or making dramatic editing changes that could not be done on the shoot itself. (Sedgwick-Jones, K. 2016)

 

Bibliography:

Advertisement for Canon from ‘PARK Cameras’. Outdoor Photography, (issue 203 April 2016) p.96.

Egbert, L. (2015). ‘What is a darkroom?’ Logan Egbert, available at: http://loganegbert.com/blog/the-darkroom-an-intro/ (accessed: 1st May 2016)

Outdoor Photography (Unknown author) (2016) ‘In the magazine this month…’ Outdoor Photography, (issue: 203, April 2016), p.4.

Outdoor Photography (Unknown author) (2016) ‘In the magazine this month…’ Outdoor Photography, (issue: 203, April 2016) p.4.

Pulford, G (2016) Email to Kaye Sedgwick-Jones, 26th April.

Pulford, G (2016) Email to Simon Swales, 10th April.

Pulford, G (2016) Email to Simon Swales, 10th April.

Pulford, G (2016) Email to Simon Swales, 10th April.

Pulford, G (2016) Email to Simon Swales, 10th April.

Pulford, G (2016) Email to Simon Swales, 10th April.

Pulford, G (2016) Email to Simon Swales, 10th April.

Pulford, G (2016) Email to Simon Swales, 10th April.

Pulford, G (2016) Email to Simon Swales, 10th April.

Pulford, G (2016) Email to Simon Swales, 10th April.

Pulford, G (2016) Email to Simon Swales, 10th April.

Santillo, D. Smith, N. (2016) ‘In the spotlight…’ Dan Santillo’ Outdoor Photography, p.70 (Issue: 203 April 2016).

Take your photography further. (2015), [screencast] Available at: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/how-to/photo-retouching.html (accessed: 21st April 2016).

What is Photoshop? (2015), [Screencast] Available at: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/how-to/photoshop-cc.html (accessed: 21st April 2016).

What is Photoshop? (2015), [Screencast] Available at: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/how-to/photoshop-cc.html (accessed: 21st April 2016).

 

 

Final Major Project: Week 6 production log

Final Major Project: Week 5 weekly progress

Regarding progress made this week with my project, I feel that since I have 100% completed my firstly-completed double-page spread , I can breathe a little easier now that I can start to map out the first draft for my next double-page spread for next week- which will be the double-page spread the reader will come across first. Because this one will be based on the experiences of myself and other professionals, I only have to focus on referencing what isn’t mine so it will take less time to do that and allow me to have more focus on the writing side f it unlike the previous one.

(Covers unit 8 3.1)- To complete this final draft, I obviously had my first draft I completed last week with the main purpose of helping me match the format and style of that one. However, it did make life a lot easier for me because I could just copy and past all the factors I needed from it on to my final draft such as: paragraphs in heir previously set measurements, accurately set photos, page perimeter lines and article subtitles from the first draft. This meant that it all enabled me to focus entirely for the week on the articles for my double-page spread- which I did!

(Covers unit 8 3.1/1.1)- Because of the fact that last week was purposely set for me to: complete the layout for my first draft and gain confidence with using the Adobe InDesign skills once again, it meant that I had all this knowledge fresh in my mind for this week. I very rarely needed to use any of the skills again from scratch because I could easily transfer the elements I required from my first draft on to my final draft in the desired positions and measurements. (Covers unit 8 4.1/2.2)- Apart from actually writing the articles themselves, i set myself a mini to-do list last week which involved taking more precise care when it cam to measuring out the page perimeter lines in relation to the font style and sizing- which I did manage to carry out successfully and as a result, made me feel that I had taken more care within producing more accurate emulation of my magazine brand. (Covers unit 8 3.1)- When it came to the article writing though, I’m glad that i took advantage of having the whole week because it was a minor struggle to know how to start it, even with knowledge and understanding of the language from the magazine . (Covers unit 8 2.2)- However, this was when I turned to my research portfolio where I commented on the style of the language used. It refreshed my mind that the articles and experiences don’t dive straight in to the main topic; they slowly introduce them by describing locations or summarized version of what they are about to expand upon. This as where I did the same to my articles, both on the technology involved with amateur photography and also my personal experience with photo-assisted technology. This is a useful tip I shall remember next week when conducting my first draft for my second double-page spread. (Covers unit 8 2.1/3.1)- This also applied very much to my email interviews I carried out with my professional/experienced photographers because I had to ensure their quotes were presented in the exact same format as the magazine. This meant producing a text box with the interviews in it. However, I needed to replicate the interview boxes exactly how they do it in the magazine which meant removing the quotation marks I applied and the names of the photographers who voiced these. I knew that this wasn’t too much of a worry in the long-term because both of these quotes appeared in the interviewed which I had Harvard referenced previously so I knew that I wouldn’t receive the blame for any misuse of used research.

(Covers unit 8 4.1)- This week, in relation to my progress/tracking book and general feedback, it was most interesting because when I showed my final double-page draft to my tutor, he questioned my about whether or not my  articles were part of the final draft or were a first draft themselves. I responded to this with how I had organised my production time to include the main article writing within my final draft production. This lead on to the target set that I will need to start continuously asking for feedback and opinions on my drafts. layouts and articles. Even though he is not allowed to prescribe me with any specific instructions, he is apparently allowed to give little nods of approval or for unspecified improvements here and there. If I’m brutally honest, I was less enthusiastic about this target as much as my tutor was for a couple of reasons: Firstly, this made me raise a concern I’ve had all week. I’ve seen another student doing a stop-motion animation for her project and another doing an asset file for all his proposal and research work. this made me question whether my idea and medium was too ‘normal’ and what I described face to face with my tutor as ‘mediocre.’ This was when he replied in response to this, and written in my progress tracking book, that I am putting myself at more of an advantage than any disadvantage because in focusing on the core skills required for this project and no doubt in the industry, they will help me in the long-run with my future project, encourage me to experiment when I am ready and have the core skills embedded more inside of me. Not to mention that this project is always my alarm bell when it comes to quality over quantity! However, another reason I was hesitant about this target was because- without trying to sound vain- I feel a strong sense of unease when anything needs improvement from someone else’s view due to my confidence levels still being lower than they should be.

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(Covers unit 8 1.1)- However, as nervous as I am to ask my tutor for his opinion on something- a task I will do properly for the first time on this course, it will also teach me some valuable skills I will require for the industry and workplace such as: having various work colleagues proof-reading my work to check for grammar and spelling mistakes before publication; gaining confidence in my own work and asking myself ‘how can I make this even better?’ (Covers unit 8 4.1)- Apart from my new nerve-wrecking target for next week, I was personally please with my progress made this week and how I commented on my new habits of: taking snapshots of my production progress and how the eased pressure allowed me to focus on the most required elements first- the articles.

(Covers unit 8 4.1)- Obviously, as proven by all the interesting feedback provided this week and my targets set, I have completed my first final draft successfully and in sync with my production schedule.- leading on to the fact that all of my set targets for this week are in perfect sync with my production schedule since during the drafting process I will be able to make the necessary corrections regarding criticism and will also be able to fill them all into my feedback sheet as proof of my positive ongoing progress.

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Final Major Project: Week 5 weekly progress

Final Major Project: Week 5 production log

This week’s production has been much more of a relaxed one compared to last week because with my research out of the way, I was able to focus entirely on the final draft for the double-page spread I started last week.

(Covers Unit 8 3.1)- This final draft tended to pose a lot less challenges than when I started to use Adobe Audition once again last week since I had already completed the first draft and had the skills and tools of the software fresh in my mind from last week. This meant that I could copy and carry across all the required elements of my first draft on to my final draft spread such as the paragraphs- which were all previously measured out, the subtitles, photos I used and the main article titles as well. Overall, this meant that it took the pressure off massively this week because I only had 2 major tasks to focus on for the week: producing the articles and content for the double-page spread and only making the adjustments I identified last week such as the measurements of the page lines. (Unit 8 1.1)- However, I did find the article-producing challenging in a minor way only in the context that I had to ensure that my writing style matched the style of ‘outdoor Photography’ and that it all fitted in my measured paragraphs whilst still in the correct font and font size. I obviously wrote out my articles relating to the topic but whilst also relating to my research findings. (Unit 8 2.2)- However, it did come to a point whilst producing my first article when I was struggling quite severely to fit in all the information I wanted to use regarding my research on the photographic technology of our generation. This was where I decided to prioritise the information I was going to use and use what I felt needed mentioning the most in relation to my topic. However, if what I didn’t necessarily use in my project itself is still in my research portfolio, it means that I have still taken the time to thoroughly research what was useful and hold the possibility of using that knowledge for future projects.

(Covers unit 8 1.1)- As much as this week has been all about production, it has required the use of some problem solving skills when it came to producing one of my articles and rearranging one of the paragraphing columns. I wanted to have one paragraph longer than the other but I knew that wasn’t entirely possible with the paragraphing tool along. This was when I decided to add a little text box of the same width but desired height so that I could add the remaining text I needed into that section. Also, this kind of skill (as well as the overall production) is an essential skill for use in the entire media industry let alone journalism alone. Problem solving skills must be used to be able to still present the world with what they want but need to know. this also refers back to my most recent project which required me to create an interactive piece, radio piece and video piece but relied on me to use my problem-solving skills all throughout the pre, post and main production. Because of this experience, I didn’t even think about the problem at hand, I just thought of a method of resolving it and got straight on with it- which is what I will be required to do with any problem that occurs in the industry.

(Covers unit 8 4.1)- But overall, despite the minor yet easy-to-solve problems I faced with the article writing this week, I feel that the progress I have made with my first final double-page draft is of an excellent standard due to my abilities to: follow the ‘instructions’ from my first draft; take careful consideration from my research and apply my researched content and magazine elements and apply them to my double-page spread as well as producing the articles according to my research findings too. I have included screenshots below of my double-page spread throughout the process of editing and problem solving to progress with editing it:

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However, there was a slight problem when it came to viewing my double-page spread as a PDF file: I set up a double-page spread layout on the InDesign software only to still have an irremovable ‘master page’ on top. This was much easier to resolve than I thought because I was told by another student that I could edit and delete any unwanted pages in the PDF format- which I did and as a result, it looks a whole lot more professional without the need to scroll down all the time.

Below is my final draft for the double-page spread in its PDF format:

FMP double page 2 final draft 1 (PDF)

From tiny changes to the thickness of box and page lines and text colours all the way to applying full sectors of articles, all of these screenshots prove that these additions added bit by bit all started to bring the whole piece (Covers unit 8 2.2/1.1)- and with all the elements that are found within the ‘Outdoor Photography’ magazine itself- as also found in my research portfolio- it really was a piece of work for me to hold up and say ‘I’m really am proud of myself for this achievement!’ Not to mention that this covers the criteria of using my research findings to portray my double-page spread and the content within it clearly towards my magazine’s target audience and my topic’s target audience. As a result, I have very little doubt that any target audience member who would look at my spread would form some form of attraction or interest in it due to the emulation I have achieved within it.

 

Article Harvard references:

As a beginner myself, there’s no point in denying that I have used some form of photo-editing assistance for my first trials. To answer the question of which one, my phone. But nowadays, it’s simply not enough to state that. When it comes to my trustworthy Samsung Galaxy S5, I have to accept that- yes, it is technology helping me- but without it I wouldn’t be holding the levels of admiration I have for my photos right now.

In my experience as an amateur photographer and journalism student, I admit I haven’t seen it all yet but I have certainly seen enough: during the ‘introduction’ to Adobe Photoshop (Pinsky, H. 2015) in the early development of my passion for photography, I knew that I had a long journey ahead. I was better at losing track of all the editorial tools on offer than actually using them altogether. I didn’t blame myself one bit; from tools that adjust colour tone, cutting separate image elements, removal of hazes, to addition of blur effects (Pinsky, H. 2015)  the whole package deal of it introduced that rush of anxiety inside me.

Having walked out that lecture with severe information overload, I’m probably speaking for millions of amateur photographers out there who, like myself, may find it all somewhat easy to give up upon. I can’t agree that technology actually helps them in these situations either: the fact that so many of them are advanced for this category- too advanced maybe? Referring back to Photoshop, and how it can link to Lightroom- allowing photos to be ‘easily’ organised, shared via Photoshop (O’Neil Hughes, B. 2015) it can somewhat misleading and often hard to tell them both apart from their intended purposes.

On the opposite side of the spectrum however, it flashbacks to my first weapon for success… my Smartphone. Focusing on the two photos below compared to each other, one obviously looks like the tone on it was adjusted. Try covering the left one up though and rethink: what perspective does it give? Does it look more like mist, fog or a winter sunrise giving an impression? Well, the effect tools on my phone were to thank for that. Not much required to the original photo at all; in fact, it’s most interesting to see what just playing around with the tools can do to vary the entire atmosphere. Phones are slowly but surely convincing us that one shot will consider amateurs as professionals overnight. Looking back in time to when darkrooms were in constant use but we were unable to reveal any photo until the end (Egbert, L. 2015) Now we have magazine adverts blinding us with pages for endless lens options and another mental overload with their prices (Outdoor Photography. 2016) I haven’t even considered lenses myself yet. Why? In my eyes, all a beginner should focus on their photographic device itself.

 

There is a difference between digital photography and digital image making. The end product in digital photography is the print and always will be. The end product in digital image making is displaying the image on a monitor. Technology and software is available to both beginners and professionals (Swales, S. 2016)

Yes I encourage beginners to use technology to TAKE shots. I then would say for them not to rely on editing software, if the shot did not come out… look at why? Was it the light? The film speed to fast? Software should be for touching up, slight tweaking or fixing or making dramatic editing changes that could not be done on the shoot itself. (Sedgwick-Jones, K. 2016)

 

Bibliography:

Advertisement for Canon from ‘PARK Cameras’. Outdoor Photography, (issue 203 April 2016) p.96.

Egbert, L. (2015). ‘What is a darkroom?’ Logan Egbert, available at: http://loganegbert.com/blog/the-darkroom-an-intro/ (accessed: 1st May 2016).

Pulford, G (2016) Email to Kaye Sedgwick-Jones, 26th April.

Pulford, G (2016) Email to Simon Swales, 10th April.

Take your photography further. (2015), [screencast] Available at: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/how-to/photo-retouching.html (accessed: 21st April 2016).

What is Photoshop? (2015), [Screencast] Available at: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/how-to/photoshop-cc.html (accessed: 21st April 2016).

What is Photoshop? (2015), [Screencast] Available at: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/how-to/photoshop-cc.html (accessed: 21st April 2016).

Final Major Project: Week 5 production log

Final Major Project: Week 4 weekly progress

This week, I think it’s fair to say that it has been a week of mostly multitasking due to the number of problems I faced this week and the end of last week. Firstly, my printer at home wasn’t working for a few days so I was unable to progress with my research portfolio and we also had a bank holiday on Monday which was a massive interruption to my production schedule for the week. However, the fact that I had a much heavier work load on my shoulders than expected and managed to complete them both to a high quality meant that I have made much more progress this week than I originally thought I did.

(Covers Unit 8 3.1/1.1)- Part of this was completing the first draft for my one of my double-page spreads which I created using Adobe InDesign. This was the software I also used to complete half of my first final project and earlier on in the course to practise double-page spread layouts. the fact that it had all the tools that allowed me to achieve the emulation of my chosen magazine publication and that for both of these scenarios, these tools had a very positive effect on the overall final pieces. As for this draft through, I knew that this would be no exception; tools such as the paragraphing tools, fonts/font sizes and colours, text boxes and page measurement tools were all used within my first double-page draft. For instance, I was able to produce the number of paragraphs I needed from a single text box and measure the width of each according to those in the magazine and match the text font to that in the magazine too. However, the text was almost always different depending on its role on the page, whether it was title, subtitle or corner section headline, I ensured that the font size and font itself was spot on or very almost spot on to match the magazine’s style.

(Covers Unit 8 4.1)- There was no doubt that all my methods of production were effective this week since the tools I have used correctly and professional have helped to emulated a draft which I believe looks like it has come from the ‘Outdoor Photography’ magazine. On the flip side however, I know that there are one or two elements that could be adjusted when it comes to my final draft next week. These include- ensuring the line width is much thinner when it comes to the separation lines between paragraphs and taking more precise care with the measurements of the vertical and horizontal side page lines.

(Covers Unit 8 3.1)- One of the main and pretty much only targets for next week will obviously be to use my first draft to complete my first final draft for my double-page spread!  but this is just my own set target; because we had a short week this week, we have combined this week into next week which we will most probably discuss with our tutor at this time. However, I continued to fill in my progress tracker booklet the same as I have so far because it will help me to understand what has/needs to be done each week and it will probably help my tutor to update his feedback towards me for each week more fluently as well without getting too confused. (Covers Unit 8 4.1)- However, I did receive some feedback towards my first double-page draft, which he described as ‘clean’ and that the final piece should be very good in relation to it. This made me come up with another of my own targets which was to: start conducting the articles and text fr my final draft which will be incorporated into when I complete the draft itself next week- the week which I have set aside to do all of this in!

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Final Major Project: Week 4 weekly progress

Final Major Project: Week 4 production log

This week of project production has been very much more like multitasking if you ask me. This mainly comes down to a number of problems I faced between now and this time last week: firstly, we had a bank holiday on Monday so we weren’t scheduled to be in college- which was no doubt a massive interruption to my production schedule. And to make matters worse for my research, my printer at home was faulty so I was almost completely unable to finish off my research portfolio as fast as I should have. However, after I did last but not least manage to complete my research, I spent the rest of the week focusing on the first draft for one of my double-page spreads- the one which would be the second in order of the two. Even though this one would be the second one the reader will read/come across, I decided to complete it first since I have now gathered all the research I need for it. But I felt that since this needed more consideration and care with organising my research into the article along with ensuring my referencing is spot on so I decided to pay more attention it it at first so I could still check up on it throughout the project where and when I have time. Including at the end for submission!

(Covers Unit 8 3.1/1.1)- Obviously, I created this draft using the software Adobe InDesign- which I will also be using for the remainder of my entire project since: it featured all the design tools I could ask for to help me emulate my draft according to my magazine brand and research findings. For instance, I knew from my research that the ‘Outdoor Photography’ magazine had elements in their spreads including vertical and/or horizontal separation lines between paragraphs and alongside the edges of the page (approximately 12.5mm from the page edge). However, this was an element which I hadn’t exactly considered thoroughly enough for my first draft. (Covers Unit 8 4.1)- However, this is no bad thing in reality because this promotes the whole purpose of a ‘first draft’, to analyse what problems and forgotten factors I came across and what I could do more effectively and include for my final draft which will be one of my final pieces. (Covers Unit 8 2.2)- However, the elements which I DID factor in were: the correct text fonts for each title, subtitle and those headings in page corners; where the fonts changes and to which one; width of each paragraph column in relation to those in the magazine and where everything else on my draft was positioned. I noted in each section such as the columns and other text boxes just what each would consist of content-wise.

Here is the final draft for my double-page spread:

FMP double page 2 draft

First draft

(Covers Unit 8 2.2)- Also, one other thing that caught my eye was that depending on which section of ‘Outdoor Photography’ it is, many of the photos are of an identical (if not) exactly the same size as each other. This also applies to photo comparisons on the same page/section so this is what I applied to this first draft. (Covers Unit 8 3.1)- This photo-sizing element was where I chose to use the measurement tool located at the top of the tool bar: I could type in my desired measurements in millimetres for both photos I wanted to use so that I could guarantee 100% that both photos were the same.However, this didn’t at all apply just for the photos; when I referred to the paragraph measurements before I used this tool to make sure they were of the measurement(s) that were in my research and the magazine itself. This measurement tool will also be my lifesaver when it comes to adjusting the page and paragraph separation lines into their accurate positions for the final draft.

(Covers Unit 8 1.1)- Every one of the skills involved within Adobe InDesign- including the use of InDesign- are most definitely used within the industry, as proved by my recent work experience; I this software being use by one of the other workers, which shows just how many areas of the media industry uses the skills I used his week just to complete a first draft for my  Final Major Project. Some of these include: Magazine design, newspapers (like my work experience placement), website design and advertising as well.

(Covers Unit 8 4.1/2.2)- In relation to the target audience for my final pieces and magazine brand, I honesty conclude that I have a few mixed feelings about this but mainly good ones. For example, I feel from just looking at the layout, style of the text and the page corner lines that it would definitely be a part of the ‘Outdoor Photography’ magazine- also from looking at the positioning of elements like the subtitles in their italic form and the drop-caps starting each article. However, I do feel that it looks a little bit too vague to be a proper first draft, mainly since all the appropriate text is not in place yet. But considering that I haven’t used the software in over a 4 month period and I had one day cut off my production schedule, I feel that this is definitely not my worst attempt with the software let alone this draft alone. (Covers Unit 8  3.1/1.1)- Because I hadn’t used the software for a considerable amount of time, I remembered that I had my blog post from the early days of using the software which outlines the tools available, how to use them and where they were located. (Covers Unit 8 3.1)- In addition to this, I have scheduled next week to complete the final draft for this so this is when I will have the whole week to conduct my articles and apply the required imagery into it. Those look like they’ll be my most time-consuming targets next week since I already have a firm grip with the tools and function of the InDesign so I can essentially go ahead with what I have essentially taught myself and brushed up upon last week!

Final Major Project: Week 4 production log