Final Major Project: Week 9 Weekly progress

Progress this week regarding the production is almost difficult to analyse because most of  the heavy-duty work was all completed. This week was mostly touching up the tiny adjustments on my production work, asking for the last few bits of feedback for my articles and layouts and (most importantly) (Covers Unit 8 4.1)- completing my final evaluation.

(Covers Unit 8 1.1/4.1)- To ensure that I had evaluated all elements of my Final Major Project to the highest level of detail possible, I referred back to my project plan which had outlines of my intended research methods/processes, target audience, methods of production, how I will plan and manage my time and keep track of my progress and targets. I was able to comment on these sections based on how well I believe I carried them out, what problems I faced during their stage and how I overcame them and how they impacted the final pieces whether they were positive or negative.

The use of this plan was immensely helpful with reflecting on every little detail of my project from the pre-production stage right through to adding the finishing touches to my final pieces. Not only was this also proof that I had carried out everything proposed in the proposal but also proof that I had met every criteria requested in this project.

(Covers Unit 8 4.1/1.1)- Even though I was mainly focusing on the final evaluation for most of this week, I still asked for feedback from my tutor on my double-page spreads and editor’s letter for any final touches that needed adding. He mainly commented on how professional and clean the layout looked in correlation with the magazine’s layout. However, even though he admitted there were very few things to adjust he did refer to the text box on the double-page spread #2 where it would look better if the text in it was a little bit more spaced out and the box itself so that it met in alignment with the columns on the opposing page. Also for my first double-page spread there was a tiny little bit of white page remaining from where the photo didn’t quite meet the bottom of the page so that was corrected within a minute.

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This week, I didn’t really have any ‘targets’ to set apart from completing our URL document for ease of access when our Final Major Project is being graded. Although, Harvard referencing became a major cause for concern for a number of those in my class this week. We were all originally using the numbering format of Harvard referencing and we were all told that the required format was the conventional one where in-text citing was requested. This was a huge hassle for me because: I had to alter my research sketchbook entirely, rearrange my bibliography, and update all my previous blog posts with the new references and in-text cite the article drafts too. (Covers Unit 8 3.1/4.1)- Even though this did take up pretty much the rest of my week to complete, I did try to see it as a positive in the way that: it was a chance to double-check to see that every reference is in it’s correct format depending on its source and that it’s clearly in alphabetical order as required with the conventional Harvard format. Regarding my progress tracker book, this is what I mostly commented on for the week but I also noted how successful my final evaluation writing had gone too.

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Final Major Project: Week 9 Weekly progress

Final Major Project: Week 9 Production log

This week, considering this was the last week of project production, has actually been substantially easy-going and relaxed since all my final pieces were complete and it just meant touching up the smallest of details and asking for feedback on them too.

Here is the final article draft for my double-page spread #2. All seemed spot-on with my tutor but he suggested replacing the ‘but’ with an ‘and’ to emphasise the sentence a little more.

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When they were all complete, I got started on my final evaluation which outlined how well my research process went, what obstacles I overcame/faced, how my final pieces look in comparison to my original intentions, how professional I think they look or what could be improved and if I have met the needs of my target audience. Also proof that I have met every criteria for the Final Major project.

(Covers Unit 8 4.1)- The main purpose of this final evaluation was to provide evidence of a number of things including: if I have successfully carried out what I proposed to in my proposal, if my final pieces look as hoped and like my magazine brand with back up from my production/research processes and how I kept on track with my personal management. (Covers Unit 8 1.1)- For extra support with ensuring I had all project elements covered here I went back to my project plan which outlined every element I needed to consider prior to research and production. It also helped me to judge whether or not I had carried out everything and/or met everything as mentioned on that plan.

(Covers Unit 8 3.1/2.1)- Obviously, all elements I evaluated has come relationship with my final pieces because without them I wouldn’t have been able to present my final pieces as professionally or at the standard they looked at he end of this week. For instance, I was constantly referring to how my research processes were decided upon previous experiences and projects that allowed me to explore all the methods and sources that would be most beneficial to this one. I also analysed how my primary an secondary research methods all impacted my final pieces and how I organised my research with the use of my sketchbook portfolio and production schedule.

(Covers Unit 8 3.1)- Speaking of production schedule, I had a lot to write about when it came to my personal management because of how it allowed me to build up on so many new skills and lessons it taught me. For instance, both my progress tracker book and my feedback sheet were designed for feedback which was an element I struggled with at first in relation to asking for it face-to-face.However, I reflected in my evaluation from recent weeks ago that my final pieces wouldn’t have looked the same as the do now, and would have definitely stunted the purpose of the emulation since the writing style I used at first wouldn’t have been the same as ‘Outdoor Photography’.

(Covers Unit 8 3.1/1.1)- I also had a fair amount to write in terms of the final pieces themselves because I was consistently referring to the skills I carried on from previous projects and new ones which I picked up along the way this time. One of which was in collaboration with an issue the I faced of having to do a little more research into the measurements and distance details but it meant having to readjust my layout so that it matched according to the magazine. It did take up the majority of my week, my spare time and interrupted my production schedule but ate final result was definitely worth it with the addition of a new InDesign skill to take with me next year and possibly as a journalist in the future.

Although my final evaluation was completed without any hassle this week, there was one problem that came up for every person in my class. This was Harvard referencing. we have to all Harvard reference our work correctly in order to pass the Final Major Project and were all originally doing it in the numbered format. this was until we were all told that the required method of it was the conventional Harvard referencing method and not the numbering method. This was unsurprisingly distressing for many of us and definitely myself because this meant that every one of us had to go back over all our references and re-cite them correctly. This was majorly worrying for me because this method was like starting from scratch and I was extremely all throughout this project anyway that they were correct or not no mater how many times I checked the format. (Covers unit  8 4.1)- However, as distressing as it was for me, I did try to think of it as a positive in the way that it allowed me to thoroughly check that each format is correct based on it’s sources and to check that they are ALL there anyway. Basically just to double-check again that they are what the markers/graders are asking for.

Final Major Project: Week 9 Production log

Final Major Project: Final evaluation

Final Major Project- Final evaluation:

For my Final Major Project, I decided to create two double-page spreads and an opening page (Editor’s letter) relating to my chosen topic of why photography exists in many people’s lives today linking to the technology that enables beginners to produce stunning quality photos. I decided to base it on the photography magazine ‘Outdoor Photography’ since I’ve used this magazine brand for my first final project and so I was able to remember the success I had with the emulation of the layout, content and features such as the separation lines and page folios.


Research methods:

(Covers unit 8 2.1)- After considering all the available research opportunities available for my topic and medium, I decided to bring in my sketchbook once again as the backbone for all my research findings whether they were primary or secondary findings. (Covers unit 8 4.1)- This made me remember having it within my first final project and how it allowed me to engage more thoroughly with the findings. This was no exception either because even though I had a lot more to take in such as all measurements, distances and in-depth analysis of the language style used, spending more time on applying it to my portfolio also contributed to make me feel like I’ve put more effort into my research to make it look more presentable rather than using a computer to simply paste my findings on to a document- with the chances of missing out on vital information being higher.

(Covers unit 8 2.1)- My portfolio was just the backbone for holding my research though. I feel that my primary and secondary research findings made the whole process even more rewarding since I managed to gather findings that really enhanced not only the quality of my articles but also my own personal knowledge. My primary research involved mainly the use of carrying out email interviews with professional photographers so that I could gather their views of their love for photography as well as their opinions on modern photographic technology. One very rewarding aspect here was that I managed to make contact with one photographer who had his work published in recent issues of ‘OP’ so this made my double-page spreads feel somewhat more value to me and possibly more trustworthy to the target audience. (Covers Unit 8 3.1)- The fact that I had started conducting the questions before the project rem begun and sent one of them off at this time made it a lot easier for me to prepare for any delays in replies and come up with any alternatives if need be (which wasn’t required after all which made the whole process even more promising).

(Covers unit 8 2.2)- When it came to my secondary research, this allowed me to engage more with the findings since it involved the use of the magazine itself to gain information all the elements that formed ‘OP’s unique style and layout. After completing this section of research, it made me confirm that this was definitely the most beneficial part of the whole process; not just because of how it flashbacked back to the first final project but it made me ask myself- what better research for my project is there than the sources of my magazine itself? (Covers Unit 8 1.1)- This question also reminded me of how my Final Major Project intended to meet the requirements of my target audience so using the source as physical research was also understanding how the target audience became attracted to the magazine so that I could implement that into mine. However, more of my secondary research included looking into types of modern camera, lenses, smartphone platforms and editing software available today. The majority of these were online sources so they saved a lot of time overall looking for them.

All my choices for research methods carried out were a result of past projects and experiences of success with them such as my research unit which introduced all the various research methods and sources. (Covers unit 8 2.1/3.1)- Having this knowledge benefited massively when it came to determining my methods- especially with my email interviews because it reminded me of how to conduct my questions so that they were open and neutral to gain the most information. As a result, I did manage to very successfully gather some very detailed answers which I was effectively able to use within my double-page spreads.

(Covers unit 8 2.2/4.1)- Although the research process allowed me to thoroughly complete my double-page spreads and opening letter, there were obstacles that got in the way but they were only minor and somewhat expected. One of them was that I did find it a lot harder researching the technological side of my content rather than the existing content of the magazine because once I had that I had to put it into an article that emulated the style of ‘OP’. From this reflection though, it looks like I found this element the most challenging to face during the production rather than the research process. (Covers Unit 8 1.1)- Although I used all the research methods and presentation techniques I was familiar with from past experience, it did allow me to make room for applying some news elements to is such as producing a content page for easier access to what section my research plays in my project and a very strict Harvard reference list showing which sources I got all my findings from.


 Final pieces:

All the pieces below are my submission pieces for my Final major Project including the two double-page spreads and the editor’s letter.

double-page spread 1 (submission piece)

double-page spread #1 final submission draft


double-page spread 2 (submission piece)

FMP double page draft 2 (final submission piece)


(Covers Unit 8 1.1)- For my double-page spreads, I can’t say that I originally had ‘intentions’ for the aesthetic side of it because I didn’t choose an existing page from ‘OP’ to emulate, although I was expecting the layout to look identical to what would be seen in in the magazine- which is what the target audience expect as well.

From looking at both of my final double-page spreads it’s definitely evident that I have followed all of my intended instructions for production. For instance, how effective my methods of research had been regarding the secondary research towards the layout and measurement details- all coming from the ‘OP’ magazine itself! Also not forgetting the use of Adobe InDesign to create it. Due to all this, I now feel a strong sense of admiration for the final pieces (Covers Unit 8 3.1/1.1)- My research only played around half of the final result of my pieces though; the majority of it was down to the use of Adobe InDesign which featured various tools that allowed me to emulate the text font/size, height and width of the text columns, thickness of the separation lines and distances of spacing between each object to name just a few. All of these were a massive success in allowing me to produce the quality of work I produced overall but having prior experience with InDesign also helped me to recall what tools performed which tasks so

(Covers Unit 8 2.1)- However, there were some more complex and substantial problems I was faced with during the actual production period- some of which link to my research. A perfect example included I was reminded to consider all the measurements that my magazine held in certain areas. As much of a helping hand this was, it did cause some major disruption for the progress I had currently made with my double-page spread because it meant that it wasn’t possible to readjust the measurements without disturbing the entire layout of my double-page spreads. Even though this did cause severe disruption to my production schedule and ate into my spare time to sort out, it was definitely worth it in the end because both my double-page spreads looked much cleaner, orderly and spaced out which is what my target audience is used to in the actual ‘OP’ magazine. (Covers Unit 8 1.1)- This whole experience is also a good one to keep in mind regarding future progression and as a journalist in the industry: this is a vital skill I can and obviously will carry on into next year’s projects and it has taught me the importance of using my own judgement when it came to problem-solving, even if it means carrying out the little extra research- which I had to do in this case scenario.

(Covers Unit 8 4.1/1.1)- This measurement-adjustment process introduced some self-refection towards my previous projects, especially my first final project. I compared the double-page spread I create then to my current ones to see the difference and I was honestly very surprised at the unexpected difference I had for mixed reasons. I was over the moon to see the proof in my current double-page spreads of how far I have progressed over the year regarding the skills I have been able to use to more of an industry standard over time and how many new skills I have learned in the Final Major project compared to my first term as a journalism student. However, I did feel a sense of regret that I didn’t really consider the use of the tiny measurements for my first project because that spread looked a lot more crowded and not spaced out enough. But then I realised that for a student who has had little experience of the software on a course which they have never studied before, I wouldn’t have remembered to consider those little elements!


Editor's letter (submission piece)

FMP editor’s letter (final submission piece)


(Covers unit 8 3.1/1.1)- As for my editor’s letter, my expectation on this were totally different to the double-page spreads because the editor’s letter is the same in every issue in terms of the layout, measurements and what and where everything is positioned so this was very easy for me to replicate.

Regarding the production of my editor’s letter, I’d happily say that the process of development was much smoother and less tense to complete because: I was emulating a set layout that appears in every issue of ‘OP’ and I had the experience with researching more into the measurements and distances of elements apart from each other. This meant that I could measure out everything on the page coming from the issue itself and use this as a guide when it came to actually creating it on InDesign.

(Covers Unit 8 3.1)- Not only this learning curve but also the recent discovery of the measurement and X/Y axis tools allowed me to replicate these millimetre measurements without error. Due to both of these factors combined, the result is a final editor’s letter that looks pretty identical to the existing one in terms of the paragraph and column measurements, almost-perfect accuracy with the font text and how I even applied a little ‘throw-back’ with the use of the double-page spread I created for my first final project! (Covers unit 8 3.1/2.2)- However, I did face a few difficulties that could have impacted the overall final piece. One of them was that InDesign didn’t have the exact correct font for the ‘at a glance’ section. All I could do here was find the closest look-alike to the font used by ‘OP’. another problem was the grey arrows in this section because InDesign didn’t have the tools to create this. The fact that I could create it in Word and them copy it across proved that- along with the text font- that problem solving comes to me more naturally than previously (with thanks to project 2 which was all about problem solving!) it’s also perfect practice for the industry within journalism because if I couldn’t face up to problems and solve them then, no news would be of a good enough quality to publish or get published at all.

Looking at how all of my final pieces have turned out and how they have progressed through the production process, I have clearly proved that I have effectively carried out all that I proposed during my proposal regarding the use of Adobe InDesign. In fact, I have successfully gone above and beyond this with how many new skills I have picked up along the way with the measurement tools and the X/Y axis tools too. All of these factors have also posed perfect opportunities for self-reflection on my progress as a journalism student but also in relation to the industry.


Target Audience:

My target audience for this project clearly depended on my magazine brand I set myself to emulate and my topic(s). My general target audience for the magazine was aimed at those of all genders and backgrounds with a strong interest or passion for photography but my topic narrowed it down to amateur or beginner photographers who are wishing to or starting to take up photography- this was concluded during my project pitch when my tutors questioned me on whether my target audience would be more appropriately based in categories of interest rather than age and gender due to the content of the magazine. (Covers Unit 8 2.2)- In relation to my double-page spreads in particular, I feel very strongly that I have clearly met the requirements of the target audience due to the fact that I have successfully developed two double-page spreads that show a strong relationship with the layout of the magazine and an editor’s letter that replicated almost by the millimetre the actual page from ‘OP’.

(Covers Unit 8 1.1/2.2)- Any of my final pieces for the Final Major Project will ask the question of whether they have met the requirements of my target audience. And although I haven’t replicate my double-page spreads from any existing ones, I can say that I have indeed met the target audience’s requirement through the aesthetically identical appearance to the existing layout of the magazine- which is the same in every issue and hence that, is what the target audience expect from every issue of ‘Outdoor Photography’. As for the editor’s letter I produced, this was definitely no exception; the first thing the reader finds when they open the cover page of ‘OP’ is the editor’s latter in the same format, style, layout and text font in every issue. As a result, this is what they expect from every issue and I can assure the reader that from how mine looks regarding professionalism and identical layout and format, the target audience would most probably become as intrigued as ever to read mine if it was to appear in the actual magazine itself.

This was in collaboration with how ‘Outdoor Photography’ features all different experiences from various photographers in every issue.


Personal management:

(Covers Unit 8 3.1)- For my double-page spreads, I and set myself to do a first draft and a final draft for each within a wo-week period: one week for the first draft and the next week for the final one. This only applied to the double-page spreads because I knew they would look totally different from each other in terms if layout and both feature very different content, even though the target audience would clearly whether or not they both looked like they came from ‘OP’. The other point of one week per draft was so that I could recall my memory with Adobe InDesign and get back to grip with the tools available once again.

(Covers unit 8 3.1/1.1)- Overall, I personally believe that my strongest skills here was how I managed my time and how I planned my production schedule according to the deadline and how each stage should take to complete. I also kept in mind that we had a couple of bank holiday Mondays and a one week half term which counted as one project week so I managed to organise my work around that. I also left those weeks completely blank of any production work in case I had anything I might have fallen behind on or need to finish. (Covers unit 8 1.1)- However, even though this element of the Final Major Project covered criteria, I also needed to prove that I understood what each criteria meant and how to achieve it. This was when I developed my own blog post checklist that consisted of a production log and weekly progress summary that covered certain criteria depending on the work completed that week. This assured me beyond everything else that I was achieving each criteria to distinction standard and that I was also considering endlessly about what went well that week but also what I could have I improved upon too.

(Covers Unit 8 4.1)- Though saying this, there was one major weakness that I didn’t really realise I had until it was mentioned by my tutor: asking for feedback on my production work. This was quite hard for me to become friends with at first because my confidence levels in myself were still lower than they should have been. However, I notice over the weeks that I was handing over more article drafts each time for feedback and corrections that needed making. As hard as this was for me to get to grips with at first, it taught me that the positives that came out of it were miles greater than the feelings of mild disheartening, (Covers Unit 8 1.1)- and the feedback even taught me a few things about my magazine brand that I didn’t really pick up on before. For instance: my tutor commented that my language compared to the ‘OP’s’ language style meant that mine was very conversational and talked how I would talk for real. It was also noticed that I referred directly towards my photos whereas the magazine articles talk about the journey taking them rather than directly towards the photo. All this required was altering my articles according to all written feedback given and my language style research. Not only did this teach me one of the most vital lessons of the project but in the context that these errors would have lowered my final grade for definite and a skill I can build more and more confidence in overtime in preparation for next year and as a future journalist.

(Covers Unit 8 4.1/3.1)- Other major helpful and successful elements of the project included my learner progress tracker and feedback sheet(s) which held all my feedback given and how I was going to implement that into my production work- all of which helped me to keep on track with my progress and get myself into the habit of setting interim deadlines, playing a part of my production schedule too. Even though many of my target were ‘to complete…’ or ‘to research more on…’ I found it really handy when it came to looking over the week’s production with my tutor so that he could voice his thoughts on my work whether they were good or suggestions for improvement. This definitely involved the week where the target for regular feedback-asking was implemented so whatever the targets were, this proves that they all made my pieces as professional and ‘OP’ emulated as they look now.

Final Major Project: Final evaluation

Final Major Project: Week 8 weekly progress

(Covers Unit 8 3.1)- This week, since I had begun and finished my opening page (editor’s letter), I do feel a strong sense of satisfaction with the progress made. This doesn’t apply just to the completion of my editor’s letter though; it’s also because of the quality of the emulation I carried out throughout the production too. Because I deliberately paid the most attention to the measurements and distances of elements, I had very little to improve upon at the end of the production of it and the overall page looked much more like the emulation I expected but hoped for. (Covers Unit 8 1.1)- I knew that this method of production wouldn’t have been too much of an interruption with the rest of the tools used in the software because after weeks of using InDesign for my double-page spread I knew all the tools of by heart including what thy do and how to access them. All I needed to do was access them and apply the correct measurement to them on my page so if anything, production time was the same as it normally is.

(Covers Unit 8 2.2)- However, the reason I may have completed it in this week along may have been because it was only one page and that page holds the same layout, style and measurements in every issue of ‘Outdoor Photography’. Even though I researched more than one, I only really needed to look at one and use that as my guide for this emulation. The evidence for this has come from my research of the several issues analysed.

(Covers Unit 8 1.1/2.1/2.2)- One major piece of feedback I got, amongst the rest of my class, was my grades for criteria Unit 8 1.1/2.1/2.2. The grade for these first three criteria were all of a Distinction standard and explained to me how I have consistently and precisely broken down each criteria requirement in order to understand in detail how to achieve each one, how in-depth my research has been with my sketchbook and how detailed my evaluations and production logs are in sync with the project criteria. (Covers Unit 8 3.1)- Although this was extremely promising feedback for more than half my project, my tutor made me realise that all of the work I have produced so far for this project all hold a good and strong ground for me to progress next year and use to my higher advantage in order to ‘carry out some more substantive journalism in the future’.

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(Covers Unit 8 4.1)- In terms of our progress tracker booklets and our progress within that, we were back to normal this week regarding discussing this one-to-one with our tutor. On my section, I commented on how starting my editor’s letter article over the week off had really helped me to get stuck in with producing the layout for this piece as well as purchasing he extra issue to allow me to start it. I also mentioned how my confidence with asking for feedback is growing slowly but surely as well as the frequency in questions regarding Harvard referencing I was/am asking. However, I did comment on the stress levels at one point being higher than usual this week but despite that, I was able to not let it get in the way of producing a good emulation of the editor’s page mainly because of the care put in with all the tiny measurements with millimetre-accuracy!

In response to my views, the feedback my tutor gave me was mainly related to what he spoke to me about yesterday with criteria Unit 8 1.1/2.1/2.2 in the way that I have developed the skills required for carrying out the real yet required journalism. He also mentioned that my project and the final pieces as part of it pose a strong point as to progress from and that I should be taking confidence from my drafting processes and the way that they are making the end pieces and articles even more improved by the day.

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In terms of my feedback sheet, this weeks’ additions mainly consisted of the what was said about my grades for my work currently marked over the half term and about how the skills that have lead me to complete my Final Major Project pieces have put me in a very strong position in which for me to progress upon and to achieve higher ambitions for my work next year.

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(Covers Unit 8 4.1)- Regarding the targets for this week which were set before half-term, I wasn’t entirely able to achieve the target of completing my first editor’s letter draft since I didn’t have appropriate access to some of the image files to complete it. However, this will cause distraction to my final production week but only to a minor degree because it was only two images that needed applying and I’ve already references the required one so that will save even more time. (Covers Unit 8 1.1)- Speaking of next week’s targets, these are all incorporated into my production schedule anyway since this week is purely applying finishing touches to all my final pieces, producing my final evaluation and proof-reading literally every blog post and piece of Final Major Project work- not to mention Harvard references and making certain that they are there in the appropriate places and formats. I will do the majority of this proof-reading but I will definitely get my tutor and fellow classmates to also proof-read my work for spelling and sentence structure: a vital skill as a journalist which shows trust in another person’s feedback to provide the audience with the best information and news possible!

Final Major Project: Week 8 weekly progress

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:

opening page 1

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opening page 6

opening page 7

opening page 8

(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


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: (accessed: 1st May 2016).

Egbert, L. (2015). ‘What is a darkroom?’ Logan Egbert, available at: (accessed: 1st May 2016)

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

Pakarklis, E. (2014) ‘9 iPhone camera features every photographer should know’. iPhone Photography School, 11th November. Available at: (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: (accessed: 21st April 2016).

Take your photography further. (2015), [screencast] Available at: (accessed: 21st April 2016).






Final Major Project: Week 8 production log

Final Major Project: Week 7 Production log

Now that I am 7 weeks into the Final Major Project, this week has been incredibly busy regarding the production. For instance, I managed to complete the final draft for my double-page draft #1, also counting the article drafts within it. Although, this wasn’t the reason why this week was so busy and somewhat stressful; (Covers Unit 8 1.1/2.1/2.2)- Even though I did complete the final double-page draft, this did have to be put on hold half way through the week since I was told that (units 8 1.1/2.1/2.2) were going to be marked over the half term holiday and that the deadline for all this was this Friday. It was mainly that it came at such a short notice for my liking that it meant having to put a halt to my double-page spread and production schedule to take care of this matter. However, the fact that: these were all previously completed and I’ve received promising feedback on my blog and verbally reassured me that everything needed in them were there and it was just a matter proof-reading for grammar, punctuation and spelling errors.

(Covers Unit 8 3.1)- Apart from the interruption of my proposal, research pack and pre-production documents, my double-page spread #1 development didn’t cause me any bother whatsoever. This was purely because of how much practice I’ve had throughout these nine weeks with Adobe InDesign and how I was able to get straight to work with the double-page spread. Also keeping in mind that the second week on any piece tends to be quicker and more straightforward since I already had the first draft as a guide for the layout and my article drafts to apply. Just as with all the previous double-page spreads created and my opening page-to-be, the skills I used in InDesign included: photo measurements and fitting tools to ensure the best resolution of my photos on the pages, paragraphing measurement tools which aided me to achieve the same measurements of the actual magazine. However, one tool I hadn’t necessarily used before was the paragraph distance tool which allowed me to apply the required distances that my paragraphs columns should have from each other. Even though I only picked up on this only last week when I readjusted my paragraph measurements and it did mean reorganising the page layout(s), it did make it all worthwhile at the end since the style looked much more related to ‘Outdoor Photography’.

(Covers Unit 8 1.1)- Having examined tiny features and measurements in the ‘Outdoor Photography’ magazine such as distances between paragraphs, photos and how far headlines are positioned, it gives me great interest to see how little they differ from each and every issue. As a result, it proves just how much in the industry they’re used in. From webpage design, graphic design including digitally,  online newspaper/magazine editing and online news in general. However, discovering this recent but fairly new distance measurement tool really did seem to reveal how much this and these skills and tools in general are widely used in the industry. For my magazine, these are probably no exception at all since all the paragraph columns are no wider than 6 mm and the titles on the page corners are all of the same position in almost every issue.

(Covers Unit 8 4.1)- In relation to my article drafts, they bring me on perfectly to the feedback I received for them in relation to my double-page spread #2 which I was adjusting from last week. Yet again this was mainly minor grammar and sentence structure elements that required going over again but my tutor also commented on something that definitely required more time looking over. This was how I was referring to my photos within my articles because I was referring directly to them which, after looking over “Outdoor Photography’ once again, made me remember that none of the articles directly referred to the photos- which was what I did. (Covers Unit 8 2.2)- However, I did notice that many of the photographers were discussing their journeys and techniques whilst taking their photos featured but without directly talking about them. This made it fairly easy for me to adjust since I was certainly describing the journeys taking mine featured but just needed to word the descriptions differently like how those in the magazine are worded. (Covers Unit 8 3.1/1.1)- This wasn’t as simple as just looking over a few more of my magazine’s articles and rewording it according to them: I remembered at the very beginning whilst discussing the criteria that a style guide counted as evidence of understanding the language style of my magazine. This was when I made the time to go over my magazines and research portfolio to take into account the language style, how numbers and measurements are presented, distance measurements, paragraph measurements and they type/frequency of punctuation used. (Covers Unit 8 2.2)- Not only would this be covering several project criteria but it was also extra proof that I understood my magazine well enough to emulate they style and language perfectly of it.

(Covers Unit 8 3.1)- All of these adjustments to make on my articles and my recently-announced deadline made me face the obstacle of making the time to get it all done by Friday this week since it also involved targets from last week and obviously work that requires strict grading. This was when I made the decision to use the college LRC on the Friday for the second week in a row in order to complete the adjustments for my double-page spreads at my own pace to ensure all the articles meet the style of ‘Outdoor Photography’.  However, this was mainly the chance for me to look every literally every piece of work that covered Units 8 1.1/2.1/2.2 and make certain they all contained everything that was required and that they were ALL FULLY Harvard referenced so that I do not miss any criteria and get accused for plagiarism. (Covers Unit 8 1.1)- Also considering the fact that this is a journalism course, it was definitely worth going over the work for spelling, grammar and sentence structure errors to enhance my chances of reaching my aspired grade.

Here are my final double-page spreads after completion and adjustment this week:


FMP final double page draft 2 (PDF) 3

final double-page spread 2

double-page spread #1 final submission draft

FMP submission spread #1


(Covers Unit 8 4.1)- With every ounce of feedback received and self-reflection made on my own production, my final pieces always look that bit closer to looking like the magazine ‘Outdoor Photography’. And this week was certainly no exception; since creating my own developed style guide for ‘Outdoor Photography’ and made the changes according to it, it has made a massive difference no only to the relating to the style of the articles featured but also to the length of the article. This was what my tutor wanted me to remember- to say as much as possible in as few words as possible! This, along with my discovery of the paragraph’s distance measurement tools allowed me to emulate the distances of those in the magazine. And as a result, it has made the emulation of both of my double-page spreads look even more spectacular in relation to those tiny details mentioned before but always worth making a note of.


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 a young 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 my introduction to Adobe Photoshop (Pinsky, H. 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 (Pinsky, H. 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 broaden their limited experience in this art: many of the tools and software available today are highly advanced.

Adobe Lightroom links to Photoshop and allows photos to be ‘easily’ organised and shared via Photoshop (O’Neil Hughes, B. 2015),  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. Try testing yourself by adjusting the tone on one and place them next to each other. After that, cover original one up and look at the altered photo: what perspective does it give now? 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 allowing amateur photographers to take professional-standard photos without learning their craft. Back when darkrooms were in constant use photographers unable to see any photos until the end of the development process (Egbert, L. 2015) Now we can see them instantly. We have magazine adverts with full pages for endless lens options alongside the long lists 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)



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: (accessed: 1st May 2016).

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.

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.

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: (accessed: 21st April 2016).

What is Photoshop? (2015), [Screencast] Available at: (accessed: 21st April 2016).

What is Photoshop? (2015), [Screencast] Available at: (accessed: 21st April 2016).

Final Major Project: Week 7 Production log

Final Major Project: Week 7 weekly progress

Regarding the progress made this week and how much project work I completed, I do feel really proud of myself for how much I have managed to complete since a major and probably the most important half of it came unexpected to me. This was because over the half term holidays, Unit 8 1.1/2.1/2.2 were going to be marked and included: our project proposals, pitches and every aspect of our research including my research portfolio. This took up a massive chunk of my week because it meant going back over all of these pieces of work and all others that covered this criteria to ensure that they were all met to the standard of my aspired target (Distinction) but also that the information that required Harvard referencing was referenced in the correct format was done so fully. Although, apart from doing all this during the production time one my college weekdays, I also made my way in to use the college LRC on the Friday to make a more thorough double-check of all the criteria and especially that Harvard references since these will prove that I haven’t carried out any plagiarism.

(Covers Unit 8 3.1)- However, as for the work I did expect to have in front of  me this week, I did achieve the completion of my last double-page spread which mainly involved getting the last of my feedback for my articles- also following on from last Friday hen I started the final touches on both of my double-page spreads. As usual, this involved the use of Adobe InDesign due to the use of its tools that helped me achieve an accuracy by near enough the millimetre to my magazine brand. These included the usual paragraphing and columns tools, text font and size tools and the measurement tool at the top of the tool bar that allowed em to enter the correct measurement in millimetres to ensure perfect accuracy for any specific element on my double-page spread whether it was images, height/width of columns or page folio boxes. (Covers Unit 8 1.1)- However, the discovery of a fairly new tool to me was the distance tool that mainly applied to the paragraph columns because it allowed me to apply the correct measurement to the millimetre for the distance between the columns in sync with those in the magazine. This method especially posed as an effective method of production this week since it was a tool that I had tried to previously use from scratch by trial and error with the columns but I wasn’t entirely able to emulate it with millimetre perfection. However, this tool allowed me to do exactly that according to my research on the measurements from the magazine and my style guide of it too.

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(Covers Unit 8 4.1)- This week, we didn’t necessarily have the chance to discuss our targets or weekly progress with our tutor but I did definitely ensure that I still met my ongoing target of asking for frequent feedback on my main project work. As a result, I was really glad I did ask for my articles to be proof-read because my tutor mentioned some vital factors that could have been looked over slightly more in them. This was mainly related to the style of the language within my articles and how the photos were referred to within them in relation to ‘Outdoor Photography’. This feedback required me to do two extra tasks: to go over the articles in my research portfolio and a few extras to remind myself of how the photos were referred to in the articles but to also look into developing my own style guide for the magazine ‘Outdoor Photography’. I realised that this was also one of the documents required for Unit 8 1.1 but also Unit 8 2.1 as part of my project proposal so I understood that this was one of my main priorities for the rest of the week.

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(Unit 8 3.1)- As for fitting this task into the rest of my busy schedule for the week, this will not be much of a problem at all since I was using the college LRC the Friday anyway and I could use this as the opportunity to make these improvements, document them on my progress log and ensure that both my double-page spreads are up to date and almost completed for after the half term where I will commence the production for my opening page (Editor’s letter). Once this is complete, I will then be able to go back to all final pieces and make any minor forgotten adjustments or corrections to them to ensure that they are of the best quality (as proposed a the pre-production stages) and prove that I have achieved an excellent emulation on the magazine ‘Outdoor Photography’.

(Covers Unit 8 4.1)- targets for this week seemed a bit harder to set this week because we didn’t have the chance for progress one-to-ones with our tutor and next week is half term so this meant I had to set myself targets fro when I get back to college. These were to: finish my editor’s letter article and gain feedback on it, complete my editor’s letter page as a whole and to make minor adjustments to previous pieces of project work, mainly my blog posts which I couldn’t complete without the college software. Regarding the targets I et myself last week to complete, I know that I have firmly completed updating my research portfolio and references since this was due for marking over half term, as well as finishing my article to avoid disruption for my production when I return to college. (Covers Unit 8 1.1)- I have also indeed gained back feedback for the first article I wrote which is where the whole aspect of learning more about the magazine’s language style and prompted me to complete my own developed style guide that week- also as part of Unit 8 1.1!

Final Major Project: Week 7 weekly progress