Tuesday, 26 April 2011


Martha Lee Birks

Blog address: http://marthaleebirks.blogspot.com/

Overall I am relatively happy with our final outcome for this assignment. Most of us had never worked together before however personally I felt that we all worked really well as a group. I am happy with the majority of our final images, they work well with the theme and the layout.

We used a flash gun and a ring flash on some of the images and I am really happy with the snap shot aesthetic we achieved, it was exactly what we had aimed for. I particularly liked the aesthetic of the 35mm film images we did and wish we had done another roll of film. If we had time to shoot again I think we would defiantly use a few more rolls of film as everybody in the group really liked the aesthetic.

Overall I am really pleased with our choice of models they suited the theme really well and despite not being professional models they worked really well. The male models were harder to direct but in general they all took direction quite well. On the other hand we did have a problem with one of the models as she didn’t want to have bare legs in one of the categories so she ended up wearing orange tights, which really didn’t work well in the majority of the images. In a way working with four models at the same time as opposed to one was quite challenging as on some of the images there is one or two models that don’t look right when the others do, however it was a good experience and I learnt a lot from it.

Despite the trouble with the orange tights I think that the styling worked really well. I am really happy with the stylists we worked with; they had a lot of input and kept us informed of the styling as they went along, always asking our opinion. The clothing suited the theme well without being too obvious and clich├ęd.

Originally we had some trouble getting the editorial layout right, however I am pleased with our final layout. I feel that our layout is relatively exciting and works well with our images and theme.

I feel that the prints are to a relatively good standard although I am not 100 percent happy with them however due to costs and the large number of prints we have for other projects we were unable to get them printed to the standard we would have liked.

If we would have had time to shoot again I would have liked to have shot more on film and used Polaroid like we has planned to originally. I would also have re-shot the body image (90’s) section as the idea of layers didn’t turn out as well as we had hoped and I would have used a model that was more comfortable in the clothing for the 70’s section.

Final layout

I am really pleased with the final layout, each page varies to keep the viewer interested and none of the page are too cluttered.


We have used illustrator to create out magazine layout, we have all met us as a group to put the layout together. We didnt all totally agree on everything but we have negotiated and took everyones ideas on board for the final layout.

These are a few screen shots from illustrator.

Layout research

Before figuring out our layout I wanted to do some research into magazine editorial layouts.




I really like the layouts in 'Interview' magazine they are varied and unconventional, the work well with the images and text. I would like to use quite a similar layout for our editorial.

Final shoot contact sheets

These are some of the contact sheets from both photographers, there were a few more but thwere very similar to ones already on here so i just put these ones on to show the main categories.

film images

This is one of my favorite images from the film we shot, I really love the aesthetic of the film, the images are quite grainy and the colours are really nice. I also like the really candid pose in this image and feel it fits our idea well.

35mm film test shoot - CONTACT SHEET

This is the contact sheet for the shoot we did on film, I really like some of the images and think that we could potentially use them in our final layout.

Behind the scenes

The stylists organised all of the outfits into the right categories before the shoot.

Danielle (stylist) used the tweezers to rip holes in the tights to get the desired look.

Carmen (stylist) did the make up for the shoot, she created slightly different makeup for each category.

These images feature two of the models in the outfits for the Mod section of the shoot.

Thursday, 21 April 2011


Stylists Carmen and Danielle laid all the clothes out in the right categories ready for each model before they arrived. This allowed us to be organised so that the shoot ran smoothly.

Test shoot

These are the contact sheets from our test shoot, the test shoot didnt really work at all so weve decided to reshoot these images in a different way. The lighting was really poor in the corridor we were shooting in so we will have to shoot somewhere else.