Evaluation question #6

What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?
The camera I used for the production of my magazine was a Nikon D40. I already knew how to use this camera to a basic level. But to create the photos that I desired I had to learn how to use some of the features which I wasn't too familiar with. To do this I spoke to friends with the same camera, and also googled questions that I was unsure of. I feel that this camera worked well to deliver a studio quality finish to my photos as well being easy to use.

I used my macbook extensively throughout the production of my magazine. This has helped me extensively to create a brilliant finished product. Without this I would have been forced to work on one of the school computers which would have kept me behind quite a few hours. With having my own laptop I could work from home, when I wanted, which helped me to stay on top of production work.

I used my iPhone 4 a lot during production, this helped me to continue my work from home as well as on the move. I could constantly check and update my blog, as well as receive emails regarding posts and people posting on my blog. I could also send files from and to my phone to work on.

Photoshop is the main editing programme that I used throughout production. Although quite competent originally with photoshop, I feel that my skills have come on a lot since creating my magazine. I am now more familiar with tools and shortcuts within photoshop.This is a screenshot during the production process on my mac using photoshop. As you can see I used grids to ensure that all of the words and the pictures lined up equally ensuring that professional finish.

I used the apple software included on my mac, Pages to write the script for my interview, this helped to make sure that all spelling and grammer was correct.One of the most obvious pieces of technology I have used is Blogger. This helped me to create a blog and constantly updating it making my work accessible to teachers, myself and other students. I have also used it to see what others think of my work.

On my other original class blog I posted questions like the one seen above, this helped me to make further decisions on the basic ones I had.

The main thing that I have learnt though, is that although magazines on the shelves seem appear as an easy process, churned out month by month, they are in fact a lot more complex than that. Having to take hours myself perfecting just one photo I know understand and appreciate the amount of time and effort that is put into creating just a front cover, let alone various pages.


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