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- 1. The composition of the image is defined primarily by the rule of thirds. The rule of thirds is a guideline that applies to the process of composing visual images. The image is divided into nine equal parts, the most important elements of the image should rest along these lines or their intersections. Where the lines meet these are called focus points, at these focus points lie the main aspects of the image, here for example the top of her shoulders rest on the focus points, highlighting her upper body, projecting her feminine attributes. Here the sample image is very similar to the image I wish to compose. Beneath is another sample image, this time of the girl I am going to use as the splash image. Both images are centre aligned, as a result this allows spacing for the cover lines and sell lines. The angle of the shot will be eye level conveying maximum eye contact to the reader, in turn presenting a more personal feel. In the image I will use, there will be little head room and in turn, the mast head will run behind the model. Although there is risk involved due to the unfamiliarity of the magazine brand in relation to the partially hidden mast head, this may in fact be overcome due to the widely recognised publishing company IPC Media. IPC Media are the publishing company for my magazine and this in turn, will help to promote it in its initial introductory stage. The splash image will be a medium long shot, framing the whole subject from approximately the knees up. I feel that a medium long shot is most suitable for my magazine as it provides the opportunity to reveal more about the model, showing her expression as well as the body language as a form of non verbal communication. The location of the photo-shoot is going to be in a studio, however the backdrops will be adjusted for each individual photo. For the front cover the backdrop is going to be black, and in turn the cover lines will be shaded in a bold colour to give a strong contrast and powerful overall aesthetic appeal. There will be little props used on the front cover to create a minimalist and simplistic effect. However, the costume will contain some bold elements, of which I can extract colour to then use for the cover-lines. The costume its self will be a loose black top, to show comfort, making the reader feel relaxed, however at the same time, black connotes formality, which will sustain the whole magazine conventions of solemnness.
2. Likewise with the front cover, this image is divided by the rule of thirds. This trend continues throughout each image used within my magazine. To the left are two images. The first of a sample image of a celebrity, following similar to conventions to those I wish to portray in my magazine. Beneath this image is a sample image of the model I am using for the contents page of my magazine. Both images follow similar styles. The monochrome re-colouring portrays tranquillity and subtleness, which follows the house style of my magazine. This colouring gives a simplistic ambience to the magazine, in turn making readers feel calm and relaxed. Both images leave little headroom, similar to the splash image on the front cover. The bottom image is a close up shot, I am going to use this type of image on my contents page as it reflects the models emotions further. This allows the audience to engage with the magazine more. The eye level shot also emphasises this further, as it provides the opportunity for eye contact. Without eye contact the whole mood of the image changes, it presents the subject in a different way, creating a sense of mystery. Eye contact allows you to entice the audience in, this although still fundamental on the contents page, is vital up on the front cover. The costumes within this image are going to be unseen mainly, however sections that are on show are going to be minimalistic. This is so that the outfit does not district attention and take away from the serenity of the models expression within the close up shot. The location, likewise with the majority of my images is going to be in a studio. The backdrop and positioning of props here is irrelevant, as the face is going to be positioned centre leaving no head room or spacing around the sides. Therefore the correct lighting is essential here, to reflect specific attributes of her face, in turn reflecting her femininity and enhancing the theory of the male gaze. Within this image, Jess, the model is acting as a member of a girl band. 3. Here the model within the image is also representing a member of a band that is being promoted within my magazine. I do not want to place all my shots within a studio, therefore I am going to take this image outside, to create an urban feel. However, I understand adverse weather conditions may effect my decisions to do so. The outfits and costumes within this image is going to follow conventions of my magazine, by being simplistic and casual, not taking anything away from the image and not diverting attention away from the overall feel of the image itself. The use of props within this image is going to be vital. As the magazine that I am producing is a music magazine, there needs to be evidence of the models having a relation to the music industry. The guitar in this image is going to signify harmony, putting across a very divergent feel to that of Kerrang. The image below is taken using a model (Bonnie Milnes), similar to the model I am going to use for my images. The bottom image is a medium long shot, which reveals more of the model, allowing for different positioning's of the guitar. In both images a sufficient amount of head room has been left which in a way gives credence to the back ground, showing the surrounding location. This provides the opportunity to build up a scene around the model, which in turn would give off a different impression to the audience. 4. The close up, eye level shot represents the conventions of the image I am going to use of my contents page. Similar to the previous images the girl focused up on in this image is also going to be part of a band. I am using this type of shot for similar reasons. The engaged focus creates a mesmerizing look which creates attraction between the audience and the image. This may encourage potential consumers to buy the magazine, therefore the use of close up shots are vital. The positioning and slight tilt of the head fits into the intersections of the thirds, which shows a well structured image. In addition, the head movement creates a playful feel and makes the image appear more engaging rather than a straight shot. I have purposely chosen the majority of models with dark hair, as I feel this highlights specific areas of the face more, such as the eyes. In addition, dark colour connote mystery which can often make the audience interested. The location of this shot is going to be in a studio, with a black backdrop. Although the backdrop will not be seen, it will create a setting for me to manipulate the way the light reflects to create some flash spots and some areas of darkness and shading. In this image the model will be wearing a low cut top, although no cleavage or other areas will be show this creates a more natural look, which creates a personal feel to the audience involving them more. The expression of the model (Fran) will be vague. Creating a feel for perplexity and enigma. The dominant code within this image will be secrecy and subtlety. Along with the negotiated code being mystery and puzzlement. 5. The model used for this image is going to act as an individual artist, her focus within the magazine will be an article (double page spread) surrounding her life within the music industry. The shot type I am going to use will be a medium close up, as seen in the top image. A medium close up allows me to look at the subject in great detail however it also allows for the use of props to create a more vibrant scene. The image below is a sample image also however a photo that I took, this image is just to represent the type of style I am going for. In both images, the rule of thirds identifies the main focus within the image, which for both is their faces. Highlighting their facial expressions is essential within this image as my intentions are for them to be singing, with the aid of a microphone as a prop. The props such as the microphone and the headphones, relate exactly to the music industry and also create a story in one image. The location is going to be in a studio, with a white backdrop. This sets the scene as though they are recording a song. I may in fact include more than one of these images, as a conventional contents page includes multiple images. The costumes used for the model with this image are going to vibrant to contrast with the background, allowing them to stand out more. A great deal of the outfit is not going to be seen, however the small proportion that is will contribute towards the scene setting of the image. The body language here is also essential for the dominant code, this is what I wish for the image to say. I want to create a casual ambience therefore the body language needs to connote relaxed and calm feelings. 6. The contents page is going to contain a similar image to that of the double page spread, including the same girls in the same composition. This will be positioned next to the text that highlights the article page that they are on. This allows for easy navigation of the readers. The image on the bottom is also a sample image, this also represents the style of image I am going to create. The location will be in a studio with the use of backdrops and props for manipulation of the image. The costumes will be relatively formal however party attire, that in turn reflects the vibrant life style of a pop star. The shot type is going to be a mid-shot, this way I can capture the body language more effectively so that I am able to express specific characteristics through non-verbal commu