Final Major Project: Week 8 production log

Now that I have returned to college from the half term, I was able to dive right into the production of my opening page/editor’s letter for my Final major Project. I originally had it all planned out at the pre-production stages so that I could get started anyway but having the week off really helped me to not only pan exactly what to do by the day but to also start the development of my editor’s letter first draft.

(Covers unit 8 2.1/2.2)- Before I even began to start my first draft, I immediately came across a problem: I had handed my sketchbook over to my tutor for marking over the half term which had the article in it so I thought it would be useless to start without it in that context. However, it came to me that each issue comes out around a week or two earlier than the beginning of its month so bought a copy of the June 2016 issue which had the editor’s letter right after I opened the front cover. I decided to use as much of the research from this that I could and combine my research portfolio with it this week. (Covers Unit 8 2.2/3.1)- As a matter of fact, I actually found the extra ‘Outdoor Photography’ issue extremely beneficial for when I returned this week because in my research portfolio, despite all the layout/content details I wasn’t able to apply all the correct measurements to it since I cut and applied separate elements from the whole page. The solution to this problem was for me to measure all the elements, positioning and distances of them on the issue page itself and as a result, mine immediately started to look like the actual page of the magazine without even applying the text to the paragraph columns yet. All because of an element as detailed as the measurements!

Here is the page with all my measurements drawn on it:

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(Covers Unit 8 1.1)- Not only has this skill benefited my opening page from the first draft and both my double-page spreads but it’s also a vital skill for future projects and an essential skill for the second year of the print and journalism course. This recently developed skill and success with my editor’s letter made me reflect back to my first final project in particular because this was the first time I had: come across the ‘Outdoor Photography’ magazine and created my first double-page spread emulation upon it.(Covers Unit 8 4.1)- This reminded me that I wasn’t as detailed with it as I possibly could have made it- with such elements including all the essential measurements. This whole thought came to mind when my tutor was going over my marked project work and grades with me because he commented that this entire project including the research were all building up my skills for the second year when it will all be more about the ‘doing’ of the projects and skills. I was more happy than disheartened that I didn’t exactly do what I was doing now back then for a number of reasons: it would defeat the purpose of the first year which is learning the skills; it was obviously a reminder for the future to remember for upcoming projects and it made me feel a sense of achievement for what I have managed to achieve in one year when I’ve only been back and forth to the software used. One fact I always keep forgetting is how back then with using a software I had never used before and four months into a course on something I’ve never studied before, I obviously wouldn’t have remembered to consider all the little measurements!

(Covers Unit 8 3.1/1.1)- Even though this was the editor’s letter I set out to create this week, it involved the same processes as my two double-page spreads, the same software (Adobe InDesign) and the exact same tools that I used to create my double-page spreads. These included: measuring out the perimeter of the page so that mine emulate the actual magazine perfectly and also the content fitted in its correct positioning properly too. I found this out with my double-page spreads previously- if the measurements of the page aren’t in sync with the magazine, the content won’t fit at all in sync with the magazine. However, the column distance tool was a must for this page along with the line and line thickness tools and the font/font sizing tools to ensure that my editor’s letter looks precisely like he one of the magazine itself. However, I do believe this week that taking extra care of the distance measurements has really made me have very few doubts about the quality of the layout since I was to implement all the required in their correct positions almost straight away without fussing over them not being positioned correctly- due to the measurements being out of sync with the magazine. This skill is a vital one which is used constantly throughout the industry since measurements almost gives a magazine it’s own layout personality and if it wasn’t for this being applied to magazine in industry, I would have no appropriate or accurate research on this element. (Covers Unit 8 4.1/3.1)-When it came to the grey arrows inside the grey side box, the tools to create this weren’t available on the InDesign software so this was when I used Microsoft Word to create these arrows and then copy and paste it on to my editor’s letter. From there, I was free to re-size and adjust it from there to my requirements and desires.

Here is my production progress as I created this editor’s letter:

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(Covers Unit 8 4.1/3.1)- Looking at my progress on my editor’s letter in comparison to the actual page from the magazine, I really am thoroughly impressed with how the result is looking after just this week regarding the layout, how the measurements I’ve carefully used has benefited this big time and how the colours are almost completely identical to the magazine page too. However, along the way I did face a few annoying but minor problems. An example included my phone running out of battery at the time when I needed to take a photo of myself for the page and another of an existing double-page spread to cover the fourth one of the ‘issue at a glance…’ section. Even though this was a problem beyond my control at the time, all I could do was complete everything I could of it and prior to applying it to the page, Harvard reference the existing double-page spread I intended to use so that I could reassure myself I haven’t missed out on referencing it correctly. This was very quick and easy to reference too because the double-page spread I will use is already in my research portfolio!

(Covers Unit 8 3.1)- Even though every extra chose that leads into the next week will obviously disrupt my production schedule, this shouldn’t be too much of a hassle because there are only elements that can be added- the hardest part is all done with the Harvard referencing and article writing/feedback given for it. After realising this, there is also a good side to it: next week is all about going over every piece of Final Major Project work I’ve produced since the deadline is next Friday so whilst I am adjusting this page, I can go over all the articles and references while I’m at it to say that it’s all checked over and put my mind at rest over it.

(Covers Unit 8 3.1/1.1)- Continuing with my target from weeks ago now of asking for more frequent feedback on all my article/layout drafts, I handed my editor’s letter draft to my tutor for feedback and this time, it related once again to the language used and how I was communicating to the audience. Whilst discussing this with my tutor, he commented that I was writing how I would talk myself in my article and many of the adjustments involved simply trimming down on what seemed unnecessary and one part which didn’t seem to make much sense to the reader. This made me realise that my main point of focus was to now emulate the language of the magazine as I can without sounding how I normally do myself and considering whether those little elements are really necessary and would appear in ‘Outdoor Photography’.

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(Covers Unit 8 4.1)- But from looking at how my final editor’s letter is looking after this week overall, this is the first time I have hardly been able to strongly criticize it in any way. This is mainly as a result of the immense consciousness of the tools used and how they impacted my piece, understanding how adjusting my articles according to feedback will definitely affect the overall emulation. (Covers Unit 8 2.2)- The main cause for this success I believe is the extra ‘Outdoor Photograph’ issue I bought over the half term to cover for my article draft; I was able to accurately draw and measure on the page itself all the distances and sizes of elements so that the fit in nicely with those of the magazine but also the page perimeter measurements of the magazine too. Due to this, I have very high confidence that this page would attract the audience who would read ‘Outdoor Photography’ for real!

 

Article Harvard references:

First draft:

If you are a young photographer-to-be picking up OP for the first time it may seem overwhelming to see the capabilities of modern cameras and even editing software such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom (O’Neil Hughes, B. 2015) . As a young photographer myself I have experienced these emotions from time to time. I can’t emphasise enough that this is one of the most off-putting hurdles for anyone taking up photography. This from my experience too. However, proof lurks in this month’s OP that it doesn’t always have to be that daunting. For instance, how smartphone technology has advanced to the stage of featuring numerous but self-explanatory editorial tools in comparison to complicated processes involving photographic darkrooms (Egbert, L. 2015). In fact, the darkroom process makes the use of modern technology seem effortless to todays’ amateurs. We have the multi-purpose Adobe software but many rely on smartphones like the iPhone due to how self-explanatory it’s known to be (Pakarklis, E. 2014). In my experience I have seen more iPhone cameras used than any other use of photographic technology and due to the ease of use from them, it’s clear to see why they’re so widely used.

Today’s generation has a flare for photography like never before, but why is this? This month, landscape photographer Simon Swales (Swales, S. 2016) gives his perspective regarding how photography became a part his life as well as my own experience as an amateur. I’m not sure about you but the contrast between professionals with years of experience with someone who has just purchased their first camera makes me thoroughly look forward to learning the limitless perspectives each photographer may hold. Whether you’re a professional or on the road to becoming one, there’s always still more to brush up upon or find love for within the world of photography!

(Cairns, P. 2014)Office Lens 20160612-143235

 

 

Final draft:

If you are a young photographer-to-be picking up OP for the first time it may seem overwhelming to see the capabilities of modern cameras and even editing software such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom (O’Neil Hughes, B. 2015). As a young photographer myself I have experienced these emotions from time to time. I can’t emphasise enough that this is one of the most off-putting hurdles for anyone taking up photography. This from my experience too. However, proof lurks in this month’s OP that it doesn’t always have to be that daunting. For instance, how smartphone technology has advanced to the stage of featuring numerous but self-explanatory editorial tools in comparison to complicated processes involving photographic darkrooms (Egbert, L. 2015). In fact, the darkroom process makes the use of modern technology seem effortless to todays’ amateurs. We have the multi-purpose Adobe software and many rely on smartphones like the iPhone due to how self-explanatory it’s known to be (Pakarklis, E. 2014). In my experience I have seen more iPhone cameras used than any other use of photographic technology and due to the ease of use from them, it’s clear to see why they’re so widely used.

 

Today’s generation has a flare for photography like never before, but why is this? This month, landscape photographer Simon Swales (Swales, S. 2016) gives his perspective regarding how photography became a part his life as well as my own experience as an amateur. I’m not sure about you but the contrast between professionals with years of experience with someone who has just purchased their first camera makes me thoroughly look forward to learning the limitless perspectives each photographer may hold. Whether you’re a professional or on the road to becoming one, there’s always still more to brush up upon or find love for within the world of photography!

(Cairns, P. 2014) Office Lens 20160612-143235

Bibliography:

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

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).

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

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).

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).

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Final Major Project: Week 8 production log

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