Photo editing software:
Photoshop allowed me to change the colouration of photos, or remove blemishes e.t.c post taking them. I used this a lot when using abstract techniques to try and make my cover image stand out. This can be done by using effects or simply altering the contrast and brightness. Another way is to blur or sharpen images in a way that makes certain areas of the photo's subject stand out against the background and foreground, another popular way is putting parts of the image in front of the masthead or making a border around the image with the colours emphasising the subject. Another thing that I learned from the process of constructing this product is how to add subtle page furniture in an attempt to create motifs. One motif I attempted to establish consisted of using the brush tool to block out the eyes of the subject on the cover. I also utilised the same tool behind the page numbers so that it appeared on all of the pages not just the cover.
The techniques I learned to use for the camera are mainly related to lighting and subject composition.
For example, in my preliminary task my artist looked straight into the camera and also had his body facing towards the camera. I realised that this framing does not look professional or inline with the style i was hoping to achieve. So instead i decided to have my artist turn to the side and look away from the camera, tis created a much more stylish photo and fitted with the rest of my cover and magazine more.
I used a blog as a way of keeping track of what work I have done and what work i was yet to do. Blogger provided a very user friendly way of achieving a sort of 'digital portfolio.' This meant I was able to complete work from home and different computers around the school with it all remaining in one place. It also makes it easier for teachers and peers to comment on my work meaning i could improve what I have done post-upload.
The ability to access work from anywhere on virtually any device was extremely valuable and stopped me from losing work or notes like i often do when they are in physical form. It also makes the organisation of notes and completed pieces of work very simple and easy to do.