Over the summer holidays, we have been set another project in order to rehearse the skills we’ve learned over the year going into HND2. This project involves creating two double-page spreads which will be our first graded project moving into the second year. The project asks for two double-page spreads that can be about any topic of our choice both of them can be about the same topic if wanted. These needed to have our own imagery and wording just like last time.
So thinking of a topic wasn’t too hard because in the previous project one of our students did their double-page on microphotography and I loved this idea but I was deep into my current topic at the time and I didn’t want to be that person who does the same thing. Microphotography is basically extreme close-ups using a specialized lens that will pick up extreme detail the human eye cannot see. I love this topic because It brings a new perspective to things we see in our everyday lives. This gave me an idea to do a continuation of my previous topic ‘Everyday Wildlife’ but with microphotography to do this meant I needed a microlens so I decided to order one off Amazon that will work with my iPhone. The order provided me a x24 lens and also x12 lens this will be perfect for the extreme close-ups I want to feature in my spreads.
With these magazines spreads, I want the target audience to be focused on all types of photographers and wildlife experts as I believe the content featured will be to their interest and expertise.
Here are some examples of microphotography that I aim to create myself:
Looking at these examples makes me believe that a single image taken in this extreme close-up style should always take up a page if not both. This is because the focus of the imagery is to see the detail the microlens picks up on the subject meaning the best way to showcase this is to take up the page and use the image as a background which can also act as a texture perfect for text to be positioned. This will make the spreads minimalistic which is my intention as I want the photography to speak for itself also I do believe that minimalism works perfectly with magazines.
Heres a good example of a double-page spread showcasing microphotography and my opinion on how the layout should be:
I believe that this type of layout will be super effective with the images I plan to take in my garden so I aim to take inspiration from this example mainly. I’m also planning to make my second page about the same topic meaning the layout will be tailored with the first page so things like no title with a continuous paragraph. I’m planning the paragraph to be about what the topic is, the beauty of the topic, how it was taken/done, how to do it yourself, how the magazine was created and so on.
Now that I did some research in image layout and positioning with microphotography I decided to do some research into text positioning. I managed to find a great website that shows examples of bad and good layout examples when it comes to presenting text and imagery which is important to any magazine.
Bad example – headline/introduction is not in the best location due to the study of the top left and right being most visible to the human eye meaning it’s not the natural way of skimming through the article.
Good example – unlike the other example in this case it is ok to place the headline/introduction at the bottom left as imagery will be seen first which will then lead onto the headline and so on.
Bad example – has bad text flow for the intended purpose of reading giving them a hard time concentrating and also the flow of the article is not natural.
Good example – has good text flow the images have their own place and importance while the article is in line making it easy to read onwards.
Here’s my article that will be used in my spreads:
I’ve always had an interest in photography since I was a young child. The idea of capturing life in full colour through the human eye but paused forever is fascinating to me. So for my topic, I wanted to do microphotography as it brings this to a whole new level by capturing the subject in more detail than the human eye can see. This opens a new perspective to everyday life and gave me the idea to use microphotography on wildlife. I believe that this area of photography can make the subject look alien-like and so different that you would not recognise what you were looking at. The microlens opens a new world for us to view beyond what the eye can usually perceive. In order to get involved with microphotography I needed a microlens, fortunately, you can buy these for phones as the Digital SLR cameras and equipment can be expensive.
The following photos that are featured have been taken using my iPhone with an attached microlens with x12 or x24 lens depending on the subject and the focus required. I felt that the photos should be completely natural to showcase the rarely explored world so there was no editing involved in order to feature the beautiful and unnoticed world we live in. These photos were taken indoors with a tray of selected plants, shells and crystals on a sharp white background with natural lighting. Creating this photoshoot gave full focus to the subject and avoided any interruptions caused by weather. As you can see the images show an extreme close-up of the vast textures and surfaces which you may never have noticed until you preview the photos. I hope that this article inspires you that anyone can participate and explore this area of photography.