West Hull FM – Media Pack – Front Page

For the front page of the media pack, I want to keep it looking professional, and I am deliberately keeping it simple.  One thing that I took from Year 1 – Semester 1 was to not be afraid of using “white space”.

By allowing the white to come through the page, means that the user is not overawed with information from the start, and this is a choice that I feel add to the professionalism of the product.

For the front page I searched for images available within Creative Commons that can demonstrate radio, without choosing a comic style radio, which I have seen on other media packs.


Using Pixabay, I was able to search using the keyword radio, and around 800 images were found, and I selected one that symbolises radio waves.  I deliberately chose that image, rather than one of a photo of a radio, as that may be an issue with photos from different locations across the world.

Radio Waves

Radio Waves

The image selected is available for use without attribution and as a PNG, which gives me greater flexibility within Photoshop.

Colour editing of photos

In the Creative Futures session on Monday, four members of the team visited the Fruit Market area to take general establishing shots of the area using our smartphone cameras.

All photos will be uploaded to the Shoebox Productions Gmail account using the photo storage area.

Using Camera Raw, a piece of software within Adobe Creative Cloud, I have been experimenting with colour adjustment.  The main thing that I have looked at is removing all colours except for one specific colour.

The photos below show the difference between the original and a photo where all colour has been removed except for red.

The left photo is the original, with a range of colours used, a large amount of blue on the left, green on the wall in the distance, and a light brown tint to the pavement and road.

By using Camera Raw, I have altered all colours except red from the default of 0, to a figure of -100.  In the images above, I have altered the red to +100, giving a stronger edge to the colour.


I feel with a tighter crop, possibly re-taking the shot without the cars in the distance, this style of highlighting a specific colour will be something that I will be promoting within our group discussions.

David Whitfield – Accessibility – Interactive Content

I have uploaded my magazine spread to online magazine tools, Issuu and Joomag.

Within Joomag, there is the functionality to add interactive content within a PDF export from InDesign.

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Using the media option whilst editing the page, a selection of design tools appear so that you can directly add video, embed videos on Youtube and Vimeo, use Flash applications, add Soundcloud content, add music files, and pictures.

The example below, shows a YouTube video embedded into the Joomag application, which the user would click on to watch the content.

Joomag Interactive

Joomag Interactive

By considering all of these options, I would have to amend my InDesign PDF export, to leave blank spaces where I would want to add video or photos, but as I have kept all drafts from the process, this would be something very straightforward to achieve in the next stage of the development of the Video/Magazine spread.

Final Filming Locations Photos – David Whitfield

With the locations finalised for the filming, I decided to plan out my filming locations.

I will start my filming outside Hull New Theatre, where there is a statue of David Whitfield.


David Whitfield Statue

Using this location, I will film a close up of the statue, as well as a couple of pieces to camera, so that I can use the statue in multiple ways within the 3 minute pitch.

After my establishing shot, I will move my filming to various positions within the city centre, that will add context and a sense of location to the short film.

I will next move to the city centre, and use three locations.


BBC TV and Radio – Queens Gardens

By using the BBC building, it is designed to show part of the rich musical history of Hull, and also a focal point of music within the city.


Queens Gardens – From Wilberforce Drive

In using the greenery of Queens Gardens, there is an opportunity to use different elements for further establishing shots, and also to use the 2017 City of Culture logo that is located within the lake at the BBC end of Queens Gardens.


Queen Victoria Square and City Hall

Queen Victoria Square and City Hall will be used as background shots, but I am aware of the redevelopment of the area, which may cause an issue both in terms of access for the best locations for filming, and also the noise of the construction work in the area.

Viking FM

Viking FM

Another location for a background shot, Viking FM on Commercial Road.  I have looked at using this shot to show how newer music is shared with the audience that David Whitfield would have commanded back in the 1950’s.


A final location is the Hull History Centre.  A lot of my research regarding the musical history of both Hull, and David Whitfield will take place in the various libraries within Hull, and in my opinion this is the most photogenic of them.  This could be used for a background shot, and also for a piece to camera, which may or may not replace one of the filmed pieces outside of Hull New Theatre.




Immersive Web Experience – Richie Benaud – URL’s for Photos and Articles

All URL’s for Photos and Articles accessed 2 May 2015


World Series Cricket Images

In Memory Images





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Creative Futures Semester 2 Assignment 1 – Dave Eccles – Photograph Manipulation

For the brief, I have used stock photos and images, but these have been treated in some way using Photoshop.


The examples shown above, are made by changing the opacity of the photo, so that it can be used as a background image, rather than a standard photo.  I have also cropped the photographs, so that nothing is in there, that is not relevant to the image.  This also saves on printing costs, and is a cleaner cut within the booklet.


Creative Futures Semester 2 Assignment 1 – Dave Eccles – Initial Experimentation – InDesign

Half of the battle for learning a new piece of software is to get hands-on, and see what can be done.  Although our lecturer is away, that is no excuse for not being able to get to grips with the brief and completing the assignment within time and to a high standard.

There are many videos, booklets and websites showing how to do things such as create documents, and add text and picture frames.  By using these, together with experimenting, this gives a well rounded experience of the software.  The key thing is not to be afraid of trying things.  Saving the files and documenting what you have tried, allows you go back and see the progress you’ve made.

The way that I comprehend the process of creating the booklet required is similar to that of completing a jigsaw.  Firstly, you select a subject that interests you.  You then separate the pieces so that you know which are the outer edge pieces, and the internal ones.  You then construct the outside of the jigsaw, and then fit the inner pieces inside, until the final jigsaw is complete.  So using InDesign, the jigsaw is the booklet itself, collating and creating the text/photos/graphics is the separating of the pieces.

Placing the frames, and adding the photos and text is the assembling of the jigsaw, and the final booklet is the completed jigsaw.


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The key thing for me over the next couple of weeks, is ensuring that I have the correct content, be that text, graphics, or photos.  Once that is in place, then I can start to design the booklet using the skills I have looked, either via the taught lessons, or via tutorials and books on InDesign.