Having analysed everything about the original photograph, I found a light haired model with lighter skin tones creating much more contrast between the black sparkly top and the contrast of the plant choice.
Having found a black top very similar to the one worn by the original model (Emma Stone).


Trying out a fast shutter speed had result of a very dark black line across it due to the delay between the camera and the studio soft box. So I ended up using a shutter speed of 40 because everything becomes frozen anyway regardless of shutter speed, and aperture of 125. My choice in light was a soft box - partly due to the fact that the reflections in the models eyes are square/rectangle. I also chose to place the single light that I used quite far to the left hand side/in front of the model. This way enough light would be cast across the models face casting soft shadows whilst also giving the same light reflection in the eyes of the model.

Something that I hadn't considered whilst doing the shoots, was the background. I used a light background forgetting that the light would be reflected off it and giving it quite a bright appearance, whereas had I used a black background it may have appeared grey or even non existent.


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"National Geographic is the official magazine of the National Geographic Society. It has been published continuously since its first issue in 1888, nine months after the Society itself was founded". (Wikipedia)

I have chosen this magazine because the layout with the spreads themselves are rather information heavy. In this particular example, we can only see two images, however the images chosen aren't images to shock the view, but more to show the viewer a visual insight into this particular story.


As for the front cover, Nation Geographic uses images that are out of the ordinary. The colours and stillness of this front cover really draws the viewer in.

With "EXPLORE" written in big letters over the world, gives readers permission to get an insight into a world which they don't live themselves, such as reading about another's life, of exploring about other extreme places one can now go, such as the space, the depths of the ocean and of course Antarctica being an example of this.


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Containing some of the most influential images of all time, Life magazine includes many portraits on the cover of their issues. This could be an interesting idea to attempt in my own way.

Although mostly in black and white, Life magazine doesn't fail to include colour images of well know people such as Madonna.

In this photograph, I like how Madonna isn't looking directly at the camera. I believe this shows viewers a slightly more private shot in terms of her inner self.


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Picture Post

"Picture Post was a photojournalistic magazine published in the United Kingdom from 1938 to 1957. It is considered a pioneering example of photojournalism and was an immediate success, selling 1,700,000 copies a week after only two months" (wikipedia).

Although my photograohs have not been done in black and white, I think the angles and subjects do have an interesting way of telling a story especially when looking close up on the subject's facial expessions.

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Aura, Oxford

Finishing a B-Tech course in Dance, she hopes to complete a foundation course in Sweden.

Aged 18, she's aware of the fact that such opportunities like this in Guatemala are either very rarer or completely non-existent and is grateful for her current privileges.

She sometimes thinks about what her daily life would be like if she had not been put up for adoption.



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"In each case, prospective parents paid tens of thousands of dollars in fees. All that money fuelled a lucrative adoption industry in Guatemala, and an underground trade in abducted children. It got so bad that Guatemala halted all new international adoptions in 2007. The country's been trying to reform its broken system ever since. But there are still a lot of questions about what went on in the past, and about one case in particular." - https://www.pri.org/stories/2015-01-08/one-girls-controversial-adoption-and-what-it-says-about-guatemalas-broken

Although the above statement is true as is one of the reasons for the closure in 2007, I find that many so called experts have often always pushed that as the only reason, and is often perceived as the only thing that happened in Guatemala.

Many fail to remember that many legitimate adoptions did also happen.

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Interviewing Children who originate elsewhere yet now live in the UK, managed to collect many interesting background stories from the point of view of one child from each country.

Although her website contains snapshots of her interviewees, she also conducted interviews of each subject for Channel 4.

I really liked this idea and thought I could recreate a version of my own except focuses with children specifically adopted from Guatemala. As this is my own past too, I'm aware of a key organisation/charity that aims to support both parent and other adopted children from Guatemala.


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My Thoughts...


On text…

•Size of headline/leader - In the top Left hand corner, we read from left to to right. Big lettering in white to add contrast against the photograph behind.

•Size of photo captions - Captions in White, adding contract so it's legible. Roughly 1/5 of the size of main Header.

•Size of main text - Dotted around, perhaps 1/4 of the size of the headers.

•Margins and shape of text on the page - Full bleed of main photographs, all text is designed to be small so that the reader focus stays on the photographs themselves.

•Font/typeface (note that nothing gimmicky is used in the more prestigious publications) - There seems to be a mixture of "Helvetica" and "Times New Roman".

On Images…

•Is there a double-page spread? - There is a double page spread at the beginning of the story to entice readers in and another about halfway through which also tend to be landscape.

•Which images are larger – why are these important? - The two images on each of the double page spreads are the biggest, possibly to capture readers attention, but also due to the fact that the photographer won the "photo of the month".


Types of Images…

•Look for wide shots – setting the scene and people in place - Although there is a mixture of portrait and landscape shots included in order to cover the photographer, it is clear that all the shots are panoramic, landscape shots.

•Establishing shots – showing the reader where the story is happening - The captions within each shot help the readers establish where these shots were taken and also give an insight into as to how they were taken as well.


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