My music magazine, Pick, is a rock based guitar magazine my idea was to appeal to a smaller target audience range than most other music magazines this is because in my research I discovered these types of magazine on a whole were more successful because they tend to suit their audience better.
In what ways does your media product use, develope or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
I strongly believe that my magazine has presented the forms and conventions of music magazines as it follows and sometimes expands upon key features of magazines. Firstly my magazine in appearance is vary similar to a conventional magazine for example, it has a masthead at the top of the page, a central focal point in the form of an image and surrounding text which is seen in most if not all popular magazines.
Another way in which I follow the conventions of a music magazine is in the fact that the appearance of the contents page is incredibly representative of what a traditional magazine contents page is. this is because of it featuring an image and a side box with a short amount of text about the articles within the magazines.
Overall I didn’t challenge the conventions of music magazines in a great amount as I believed and still believe that the more matured audience in which I aim my magazine towards feel that the classical more conventional form of magazine is the ideal as if they wanted something new and different they wouldn’t buy a music magazine. However, although my magazine did stick to most conventions its social representations were slightly unconventional in the sense of a music magazine.
How does your media product represent particular social groups?
The main way in which I represented social groups in my magazine is through my representation of women on and within my magazine as my selling point is less focused on the sexual representation and more on the talent in which they have. This is because traditionally the representation of women in magazines is heavily leant towards over sexualisation of female artists for example Katy Perry as they are often scantily clad and pictured to what social constructs define as ‘attractive’. to challenge this representation I pictured my subject focusing less on this aspect. I believe that the way I represented my subject is more like the social group of women in reality and a fairer representation.
Another, but less large of a social group, in which I presented was the guitar community. I aimed to represent guitarists as a social group whom are passionate and committed to their hobby’s. I aimed also to represent them to be a multitude of all social groups for example culture, sex and ethnicity. I believe I achieved this through my presentation of both sexes in my magazine.
What kind of media institute might distribute your product and why?
The media institute in which would distribute my magazine is most likely to be a distribution company such as Bauer as they already distribute and produce some of the most successful music magazines such as Q, Mojo and Kerrang. They also claim to represent real music magazines which focus on skilled music which I believe my magazine, being a guitar magazine, represents very well.
who would be the audience for your media product?
The audience for my music magazine is Guitar players who are passionately interested in guitar culture. This will span a large age range as most all ages are interested in guitar. I also believe that that my magazine is leaning more towards rock culture in its overall aesthetics and content, this will mean that my magazine will lean towards more of a western culture as the content appeals more on a whole towards that.
How did you attract/address your audience?
The main way in which I addressed and attracted my audience was through the featured well known artists in which I displayed on the front, specifically targeting bands heavily guitar oriented. I thought this would be the key to attracting an audience into the cycle of buying my magazine but the things that were different about it would keep them buying and interested.
What have you learnt about technologies from producing this product?
Whilst producing my magazine I have learnt specifics within Photoshop which I believe have advanced my knowledge and understanding of the program. I learnt in detail to use affectively tools such as the Lasso Tool, the clone stamp tool and other such items within the program. I used these skills to develop my product in a way not too dissimilar to the way a real magazine would be produced.
I also used the program InDesign for the first time when creating my product I used my already thick understanding of Photoshop and the way adobe lay out their programs to get a feel for the program. However, at first I struggled to understand the program so I used the internet along with video instructions to get a sound understanding of the more complex things you can do within InDesign. I believe from my use of this unfamiliar program I have learnt the ins and outs of it and now would feel completely comfortable with most tasks.
I particularly found the use of InDesign affective as it allowed freedom in creating my product in places which would struggle. I found its extensive text options allowed me to play around with the lay out of the text within my double page spread to create a more authentic product.
Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
One way in which I have seen my skills in producing a magazine, from when I first created my school based magazine in my preliminary task, is through how magazine like my overall magazine looks. Firstly, my original production only followed a few conventions of a music magazine, as it contained a masthead and other key features. However, the smaller features within my school magazine weren’t as developed as they are now in my music magazine.
Secondly my magazines audience in the preliminary task was not as planned out and as thought through. In turn issues with themeing twoards a particular audience is something that has developed throughout this year. As within my music magazine I address my audience within the magazine itself as the guitar community.
Another thing I believe has greatly improved is both my composition of shot and mis en scene within my pictures. Firstly, the dress in which my subjects are in within my shots were planned through to greatly affect the appearance of the subject, to make them more guitar player like. I did this through both the clothes in which the subject was wearing and the makeup they were wearing.
Fourthly, I believe my image set up has vastly improved as I thought more about lighting and the angle in which I take the image from, I also focused more on getting the correct colour balance and not over or under exposing my images. I believe that these image composition necessities were less developed when I made my preliminary school based magazine.