Project Evaluation

This project has been very enjoyable, although being stressful at the same time, it’s definitely had its high and low points. Throughout the project I have been reflecting on my performance, work and time management and have been evaluating myself along the way. ¬†Overall I am happy with how my final magazine has turned out, I had an idea along the way of what I wanted it to look like and I have achieved what I wanted to and more by the end of this project. I wanted to create a bright, fun reading fanzine that people would enjoy reading and looking through.

—— SELF EVALUATION ——

PROS-

  • My images coming out how I wanted them to
  • The images fitting well together in the layout
  • Practising more with still life photography
  • Completing everything on time
  • Sticking to my schedule
  • Knowing where I could improve along the way
  • Being happy with my finished fanzine

CONS-

  • Not doing QP card tests
  • Having some technical difficulties with exporting and saving images
  • Taking 3 attempts at printing my magazine before getting it right
  • Not familiarising myself with InDesign enough before creating my layout

IMPROVEMENTS I CAN MAKE-

  • Give myself more than 2 weeks to get my magazine printed before hand in
  • Familirise myself with InDesign more and know what all the technical parts to it mean
  • Double check my layout and image quality before submitting it to print
  • Remember to take QP card test pictures and/or use a light metre
  • Not change my idea so late to give myself more time to do everything on time

 

Problems With Printing

For my Fanzine project I had a goal of getting my pictures and magazine finished to be printed two weeks (20th February) before the deadline (6th March) as I felt that this gave me plenty of time to get it printed and then get it fixed if it needed to be. I put my Fanzine in to be printed at the printing shop on Tuesday 21st February, I had planned for the Monday but choosing my final layout was a lot harder than I thought. After I put it in to be printed I got a phone call on the Thursday say it was ready to be picked up, however I couldn’t pick it up until the next day.

Once I had my magazine back I was more than pleased with it as the images came out looking how I wanted them too and the magazine had a nice finish to it, however, it had been printed with a white boarder around the covers and the pages. I didn’t mind the look of the boarders around my pages and thought that it fit quite well with the magazine until I had a tutorial meeting with Julian and he said to Olivia “that having boarders won’t count as bleeds, which we are being marked on by the brief criteria”. My instant reaction was to panic as time was running out and my magazine had been printed with boarders, meaning that I would probably be marked down for technically not including any bleeds. Later that day, I phoned the printing shop to explain that there had been a printing error and that I would need it reprinted but without a white boarder this time, and they said to me that I needed to add a bleed to it, which I had already done when creating the layout. I checked my layout and the 3mm bleed was there so I just re-exported it and sent it to the printing shop again to be printed ASAP for hand in day.

The job was finished the next day, and so I went to pick it up on the Friday, I saw that there was no white boarder around it so I paid for the copy and went home. I got home and was looking through it and realised that the inside pages had been printed bad quality and my images had come out all pixelated. Now I was starting to panic as I only had the weekend to sort this out before hand in on Monday.

I rang the printing shop up again on the Friday and said that it had been printed blurry and bad quality and that I needed another one printed with no white boarder and at a better quality ASAP. I explained that it was for a university project due on Monday and they said that they will get it done for me as soon as possible. While waiting for the phone call to say it was done I received an email to say that the printing job had been completed however the finishing part couldn’t be done due to a technical error at the shop and them not being able to finish it off for me. So, again I rang up the printing shop and got them to explain what had happened and what I could do to get my printed pages finished and they suggested that I buy a long arm stapler and finish it myself. This was now the only option left as it was due for hand in in three days. So, I went down to the shop to pick up my pages and I purchased a long armed stapler in the shop, took it home and finished my magazines myself, which I think I did a pretty good job at, having not done it before.

I thought that giving myself two weeks prior to hand in day would have been plenty of time but I have realised that I needed to give myself a bit more time just to be safe.

 

Fanzine Layout- InDesign to PDF

  • The PDF version of my Fanzine layout
  • Magazine title- P ! N K
  • 24 pages
  • Theme- PINK STILL LIFE

I wanted to create a very fun and bright Fanzine that you can enjoying looking through. For my headlines for the text pages I came up with ‘puns’ that fit with the images on the pages or facing pages. Overall I am happy with my layout and how the images work well together in the layout I have created.

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Front Cover
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Pages 1-2 Double Page Bleed With Text Over The Top Of The Image
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Pages 3-4 2x Single Page Bleeds
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Pages 5-6 Text Page + Single Page Bleed
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Pages 7-8 Text Page With Image + Single Page Bleed
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Pages 9-10 2x Single Images With Boarders

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Pages 11-12 Text Page + Single Page Bleed

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Pages 13-14 Double Page Bleed
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Pages 15-16 Text Page + Single Page Bleed
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Pages 17-18 2x Single Images With Boarders
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Pages 19-20 Double Page Bleed With Text Over The Top Of The Image
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Pages 21-22 Half Page Bleed With Text Over The Top And On The Page + Single Page Bleed With Text Over The Top Of The Image
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Back Cover

Photoshoot- Sweets

to me, sweets and food make photos look fun and bright so for this photoshoot I bought pink sweets and food such as LoveHeart sweets, Teeth&Lips, Strawberry Fruitellas and Pink Iced donuts. With these images I wanted to experiment with macro shots, far away shots and the lighting and how it worked with the colours.

CONTACT SHEET

I chose these pictures as my strongest ones from the contact sheets-

From these images I narrowed them down further to my favourites and edited them using Lightroom-

These images will work good as a series on one page and also as single and double page bleeds. Ian unsure if text over the top of these pictures will work as there is already a lot going on in my images with the arrangement of the sweets and the bright colours.

Photoshoot- Flowers

Due to the time of year and it coming up to Spring, its the time of year where you start to see a lot of bright coloured flowers and leaves come about. I wanted to photograph flowers and leaves to stick with the season coming up to spring and I also wanted to experiment with macro again to capture the fine details of the plants and flowers. I bought a bunch of majority pink flowers that also included white, yellow and purple flowers in it with vibrant green leaves and I also bought a fake pink plant to photograph too.

CONTACT SHEET

The best images from these contact sheets were-

Out of these images I selected these ones to edit in Lightroom-

I will use these images for single page bleeds, double page bleeds and put some text over the top of some of them.

 

Photoshoot- Cream On The Body

From previous projects I have done through A level working with cream on the body I wanted to use this style of photography again as I feel it gives an abstract art feel to images, I also like the idea of distorting the body shape using liquids. For these photos I mixed thick cream with pink food colouring and used hands and arms to pour it on.

CONTACT SHEET

Out of the contacts sheet I narrowed it down to these images as my best ones-

I decided to not edit any of these images as I wasn’t happy with how they came out and didn’t want to include them in my Fanzine.

Photoshoot- Clothing

To somehow still keep my original idea in mind of doing fashion as well as still life, I decided to photograph clothing, but not in the typical fashion shoot way. I wanted to focus on the details of the clothing close up, so with this shoot I experimented with macro. I also wanted to create shapes using the clothing with different ways it can be folded and ordered in front of the camera.

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From the contact sheet, I chose these as my best images from the shoot-

From my best pictures I edited a few using Capture One-

These images would work as either a series on a page put together or as a single page bleed on their own.

Photoshoot- Dog

For my next set of images I wanted to experiment further and test myself and I wanted to photograph a dog, typically a female to fit in with the pink, girly theme of my fanzine. I had ideas in my head of a female dog with a pink background and a pink lead and collar on. As I have photographed my pet dog before I know she is patient and will willingly sit there letting me take photos of her so I used my dog in my images.

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From my contact sheet, these were the images that came out the best-

From my best images I whittled them down to my favourite few which I edited using Lightroom-

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The landscape image that I edited I will use for a double page bleed and the portrait images I am wanting to use as single page bleeds, some with text and some without.

Photoshoot- Fruit

After looking at different photographers, Tumblr and Pinterest for inspiration for my photoshoots I decided to take my first set of photos of fruit. I had an idea of green fruit against a pink background working well in terms of shape, contrast and colour. So I decided to take images of a pineapple and some limes. After researching I also wanted to photograph a yellow fruit with a pink backdrop so I chose to photograph a banana. With the banana I wanted to make my images a bit more ‘arty’ so I painted the banana and the insides of the skin a light shade of pink, to keep the theme of my fanzine running through my photos.

CONTACT SHEET

Out of my contact sheets I chose these images as the best ones-

Out of my best images I narrowed them down further and edited them using Capture One-

Out of these images I think that the top right image of the pineapple leaves would make a good front cover with the title placed central at the top and then the issue number and date underneath the title, fitting in line with the pineapple leaves.