FMP – Research

What is my FMP?


My FMP is a online photography story book throughout someones live via their eyes. It will start from their birth, first sights, to the point where they are old enough to leave the nest and start out on their own life for uni/work. The idea behind this project is to think of someone’s eyes as a camera, capturing moments in your life and displaying them as a book. The question of my project is: “What do we see throughout life?”

What Research can I do?

I plan to research multiple things to cover this project. One of the things I will need to do is research and plan the stages of life the individual from baby to adult. What things they might see, interact with, behave with and react too. I can do this by doing some online research for secondary sources as well as doing questionnaires, interviews and/or surveys to find out what people can think of  that sticks out when they interacted with things at a certain age.

Once that is planned out, I will need to research the stages of eye development for the infant stages as a child’s eye sight isn’t clear / wide until a later age. Once I learn and find out all the information I need for this topic, I can research as well as practice methods on how to give off this effect with my camera. I can obtain this information by using both secondary research, primary and qualitative. If this however doesn’t happen due to it being a vast subject or not getting enough information to be comfortable to practice it in, I shall style all the images still through the point of view as planned but in the style of an online scrap book instead.

Finally, I will create a storyboard for m photography timeline. It will be around 5- images per year of age. I will design this in the usual style of a storyboard if this was a video, however keep the images basic due to there being so many because of the ages going between 0-18. Once this storyboard is done, I will be able to use it as a checklist for what photographs I will be taking.

With this information and research, I should be able to produce a final project without many flaws. It covers the topics I need to learn and understand as well as plans out my project smoothly so I can follow a complete timeline of what to do and how to do it. Once the research is complete I will create the storyboard, then proceed to complete the project by following it to the best of my ability.

Questions for Interview: These are the questions I shall be asking a group of people the following questions, aiming for simple answers. The reason for this is because I want the simplistic images of the words the say. If something needs describing or they want to explain in more detail, I will ask for them to do as so if they can.

1/ What is the first thing you remember seeing?

2/ What is your earliest memory?

3/ What memory comes to mind when you think of your childhood?

4/ What memory comes to mind when you think of your teen-hood?

5/ Is there a memory which comes to mind that makes you feel happy?

6/ Is there a memory which comes to mind that makes you feel unhappy?

7/ Are there any mental images from any years of your life that stick out?


“Surveymonkey: Free Online Survey Software & Questionnaire Tool”. N.p., 2017. Web. 16 Mar. 2017.

Evaluation: Through these results, I can see that there is a vast amount of memories that people can have but can connect together in away. Some feedback I got about these questions was that they were rather difficult to answer and I got a response that looking back at some of their memories was almost painful and upsetting.

The results on the question about “are there any upsetting memories that come to mind” had some similar results such as loosing someone or failing at something. Another answer that had similar answers was the question of “What is the first thing you remember ever seeing?” which lead to answers mostly consisting of them seeing their mother and/or father.

From this information I have gathered, I have gained more of an idea of what I can capture throughout the photography progress and using some of these ideas to show through my project that life has many ups and downs like a roller coaster.

Project Layout Designs:

I am gonna have my project in the style of a scrap book. When asking around my class for some unique and personal design ideas, a couple of classmates offered to show me what their scrapbook designs looked like to give me a vast idea of what II should do with mine. Each page or two will be related to the age of the child, depending on what part of the book we are at. As the point of view individual is getting old, so do the pages with the surrounding pictures and related background growing up with them. This is one of the styles that I could do for my project, thanks to Zoe Midwinter, a scattered image style with interactive background text and images related to the images. I like how every page is different in its own way and how the images sizes and positions are all different on each page.


The next design I looked at was from another classmate, Meghan Truscott. Her scrapbook has a more simplistic and neat style to it unlike Zoe’s scrapbook. It has room for more images on it as well as some related captions that are next to some of the photos. Another thing I like about Meghan’s design is that it has a lot of subheadings such as “Sisters” and “Best Friends” so you know what you are gonna see on each page. It also has room for some little designs of art around some of the pages such as flowery banners and some little faces. This scrapbook is designed to look cute but maintain a consistent nostalgia feel to it as you read on. The style is simplistic and effective with pages easy to locate when you are looking for something specific. I would take the subheading idea from this design to help tell with my book what stage of growth we are in when you open the book on a random page.


After looking at both designs of these scrap books, I can see the pros and cons of each as well as see how both are effective and stylish to show off their images and tell a story. However, the style I would like to use for my project would be similar to the first scrap book design. I like how this one makes the pages look unique on every page with lots of information and creativity behind it all. I feel that I can make some pretty creative pages and evolve the book in general as the book moves forward to grow up with the child who is portrayed. A weakness of this design however could be that there can be too much on one page that will loose focus of the actual story being told, so finding the balance will need to be one of the top priorities.

Overall, my findings though not as vast as previous projects, have been effective. Through a simple survey, I found out a lot about many peoples past memories and favourite moments in their life which I will use towards my storyboard and book. I learnt that even though there are lots of happy memories that people cherish and protect, that there are also a lot of sad and dark memories that haunt the paint and cannot be forgotten, yet help us move forward and make the future us stronger because of them. So my images wont be just a “fairy tale” like story where there is only positivity and happiness, because that isn’t how life is sadly. It will show the struggles, challenges and tough times of a typical human being to help create a more believable and relatable person within the book.

With this topic that I have chosen, my research was limited, however it will continue to conduct research as the project goes on. I did surveys and interviews with other people to get into their mind and get some personal and unique information as well as read some personal stories of my own to get an idea of the timeline I will have to complete. I did look into the biology of the human eye’s development at a young age, but due to lack of source material that wasn’t online, as well as the interview with a local opticians having to be cancelled due to time constraints, I decided to not put any more pressure on the topic and move forward, using my contingency plan of laying it out as a scrap book instead. I would of liked to of continued to try and follow with the idea of the whole human eye development idea due to the chance to show off some unique camera skills and show real growth and progression in not just image form but also in senses. I feel it was the right call to do however as I don.t want to rush this project, nor make any mistakes because I set the bar too high. Through this research process, I have been able to conduct a large amount of primary and qualitative research with some secondary research too.

The next tasks for me now is to create a storyboard for all the years from the start of life to the age of independence (18). Once these storyboards are done, I can use them as a check list to take the photos of what I need to cover a page of each year, then design the background covers in relation to the age that they are.

FMP – Research

Project Images Evidence

World of Warcraft Legion Logo (Cover) – (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Green Fire (Cover) – (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

World of Warcraft Legion Box Art (Cover) – (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at:×650/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/w/o/wowleg_canvas_m01.jpg [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Illidan Stormrage Image (Contents) – (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Gul’Dan Character Model (Contents) (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Overwatch Logo (Page 3) – (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

StarCraft 2 Logo (Page 3) – (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Diablo 3 Logo ( Page 3) – (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Hearthstone Logo (Page 3)  – (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Heroes of the Storm Logo – (Page 3) – (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Demon Hunter Class Icon (Page 4) – (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Green Fire (Page 5) – (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

World of Warcraft Logo (Page 6) – (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Alliance and Horde Logos (Page 6) – (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Demon Blades Image (Page 7) – (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Blue Tattoo Sword Image (Page 7)  – My own Photo

Cataclysm Logo (Page 8) – (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Mists of Pandaria Screenshot (Page 8) – (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Warlords of Draenor Image (Page 9) – (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Blizzard Logo (Page 9) – (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].

Warcraft the Movie Poster (Page 10 / Back Cover) – (2016). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: [Accessed 30 Nov. 2016].


Project Images Evidence

Project Evaluation

The final product of my project did match the original idea I had I mind. The colour scheme fitted the exact idea I had, making it relate to the latest expansion of using the colour green with a dark background to really make it stand out. The images were all related and fitted well too which also matched the original idea. The only things that didn’t match my original idea was the layout of the review and feature; they look a bit bland and basic when I did have some sort of layout planned to make it look more interesting which I ended up failing to do.

The methods I used on this project was firstly to use Photoshop to create the front cover and experiment with certain layout designs, moving things around, different images and fonts. I also used some techniques to change the colour of the backgrounds on InDesign by playing around with the layers and schemes as well as setting out images in certain orders in front and behind text.

My magazine compared to the professional magazine doesn’t look too bad however could still use a lot of work. The cover is direct and sends a clear image towards the individual like a professional magazine would. The contents page is laid out in a certain way to show where everything is clearly as well as clear advertisements to Blizzard’s other games also like a professional magazine. The review and feature however are still very basic in comparison to the professional magazines and could of done with better images and needed more planning to look better. I did try to follow a typical gaming magazine style and did pull off some things, but due to being a bit unfamiliar with the program, I was unable to create the magazine fully to the image.

The main pursuit of the magazine was to celebrate World of Warcraft’s 12th anniversary of being live as a somewhat special type of magazine in a form of entertainment. I do believe I achieve this by adding content in the magazine that any WoW player can relate and enjoy while being informative and detailed.

I do think that I have gained more confidence in using Photoshop in the terms of editing colour schemes and the basics. I am also now a bit more familiar with InDesign due to starting with this project with the faintest memory of how to use it.

If I could change anything about this project it would be the layout of the review and feature as to me, it looks too basic and simple. I think I could have improved the quality of the magazine as a whole however by simply taking more time to plan and practise using the program that I was unfamiliar with.

The sources of information I gained for this project was firstly YouTube to gain some basic knowledge on how to use InDesign. I watched a few tutorials and followed some online guides to show me what steps I needed to take to get the default basic layout of any magazine and how to customize it to fit my certain style. I also gained information about what to write in my feature by looking at websites with the history of the game with accurate dates to use. I also did a poll to gain information about the type of people in my social group that use magazines in their lives which helped me gain an idea of my target audience, especially when I looked into the demographics of my chosen topic.

My time management for my pre-production went well. It was all on time and followed the schedule that we set for ourselves on time to a high quality. The production stage was a bit slow due to not knowing really how to correctly and promptly use InDesign however was created in time. The post-production however fell behind slightly due to lack of access to software to reflect and quote previous work as well as being a bit behind on the production stage held me back a bit near the end.

The design I was going for was a magazine that when you saw it, you would immediately know that it was about World of Warcraft.It was created in a way that could reflect on its latest expansion as well as show informative and create articles inside that any sort of WoW player would enjoy which I felt, content wise, I met the goal. Again, I do think that the actual design and layout of my project could of been improved and met a higher standard however due to not knowing the software too well this was limited.

I believe that my magazine is going to be appropriate for my targeted audience due to it being created specifically for them as a special edition release. It has everything that a WoW player would look for as well as making it special to celebrate it’s 12 year anniversary. The only complaint I can think of to make this more enjoyable for my targeted audience is to make it slightly more interactive so they feel that they are more a part of the celebration.




Project Evaluation

Weekly Evaluation

Week 1

Our first task for this project was to research front covers of magazines. This was to get an idea of what kind of design we want to have when we create our own as well as the techniques used on the more popular magazines. We also looked at contents pages and looked how they can be designed differently but still get their clear message across. We did this in a couple of ways from looking at online magazines to going down to a local WHSmiths to read and evaluate the physical kind. By doing this, I have more of an idea of how to create a clear but genre related cover page and contents. This also helped me decide on what kind of magazine I want to create.

Week 2

This week we continued with our research and had to analysis all of our choices so we can be certain on what to create. We did this by creating SWOT analysis charts as well as getting a range of ideas and presenting them. This helped me see what I think I would find manageable in the time limit given as well as something I felt that I could strongly and confidently produce. We also had to write a conclusion/finalization to talk about our ideas and what one we would be picking and why. I chose to do a gaming magazine as it is a strong subject for me as well as taking the opportunity to create a magazine about one of my favourite games, who’s anniversary is coming up by the deadline.

Week 3

During this week of work, I looked more into the style of gaming magazines and what kind of covers, contents pages and language of articles they are speaking in. This helped me develop an idea of how I should talk within my magazine as if I was talking to the reader, not just some text for someone to read. I looked at some demographics of the game I would be dedicating this magazine to so I had an idea of who my targeted audience was as well as plan out what my cover and contents pages would look like by drawing up a flat plan. This really helped me as I could vision it within the flat plan and helped me know what the person of the certain demographic would look for.

Week 4

This week I continued with my research and started to gain an idea of what the whole magazine would contain. I started to write down my review and feature stuff to get a bit of a idea of what to write and how to write it. I feel that I am on time at the moment and will have enough content to fill the magazine. I also created a presentation to pitch to my tutor.

Week 5

This week, all research had to be completed and deliver our pitches. I completed all my research on time as well as produced the pitch on time. However due to illness I wasn’t able to deliver my pitch in person but sent it to my tutor who read it and approved of the work I completed. With this, I started to remind myself on how to work on InDesign as I haven’t worked with that program in a while. I was very glad that I did this as I could not remember much from that program as it has been so long since the last time I used it.

Week 6

This week, I started to work on my front cover and experiment on Photoshop with different ideas and designs while still keeping to the same layout that I had on my flat plan. I decided to go for a black and green theme to relate to the latest expansion of the World of Warcraft game Legion which is starting to look really good. I am glad that I went with these colours as it has had positive feedback from peers and tutors and it stands out well. The only flaw I have so far with this concept is that putting additional text on it appears to be some what challenging as it can be hard to read.

Week 7

This week, I continued with my front cover. After a few edits and opinions I managed to make it look decent enough to present. After my cover, I opened up InDesign to lay out the rest of my magazine with the page numbers, article columns and picture boxes. After this, I started to design my contents page and page three which was created for advertisements of the same game company, just with their other content. I feel this went well especially as I still feel a bit rusty with InDesign, however I am happy with the progression that I am currently making.

Week 8

This week, I continued to work in InDesign for my magazine. Some things didn’t save from the last time I was on there so I had to redo some things as well as improve my cover by rearranging things such as the bar code which was on the bottom left and is now in the bottom middle. After this, I added a final advertisement to the back of my magazine to cover that section up leaving just the review and feature sections left. Before this weeks work ended, I managed to put up about half of my review onto my magazine. I am once again happy with my progression on this project and feel that I am making good time, even after missing some days due to being sick

Week 9

This week, I continued with my review and feature. I seemed to have hit a writers block very early on and couldn’t put my final thoughts into words but I did eventually this week complete the review section with the images. I started m feature and got about half way through before ending the week. I feel that I am a bit behind now but will keep continuing to complete this project before the deadline. Even though the timing is now getting a bit tight and close, it isn’t effecting me too much and the quality of my work is staying the same.

Week 10

This week, I completed my feature in my magazine causing the whole magazine to be completed. After getting some positive feedback from peers and tutors, I exported it and uploaded it to WordPress. I completed most of the post production work as well, however there are still a couple of bits that I need to complete and hand in however the actual project is completed. I feel I did the project well and managed my time decently, even though I fell a bit behind at the last minute.I am happy with the design of my magazine as well as the content written in it. If I could change anything about it, it would be to have included a video inside it as well as spend a little bit more time finding better pictures for the articles, but I am still happy with the final result.

Weekly Evaluation

Introduction to Photography – framing

Examples of Photographs

I this task we had to explain what the different types of shots were that can be taken by cameras such a rule of third and balanced shots. We then as a group took our own photographs as examples of each example. We used proper health and safety precautions such as making sure the camera didn’t get damaged, there were no tripping hazards as well as making sure that there was no flash on to cause eye strain.

Introduction to Photography – framing

Nature of Sound + Microphones and their pick up pattern

Audio Skills and Different types of Microphones and

The objective for this task was to identify the different nature of sounds. We did this also by being in a group to record different sounds in different places around the college to show our examples of sounds with different natures.

We also had to do our sound recordings when using different types of microphones and editing their pick up pattern. During both these tasks, we made sure to commit to the health and safety conditions, making sure no one was in a hazardous situation, not to risk damaging equipment and not causing any blockages such as blocking hallways in case of an emergency

Nature of Sound + Microphones and their pick up pattern