Tips for a great photo slideshow
Photo slideshow is a great way to compile pictures of special memories. Instead of going through heavy photo albums or browse through hundreds of pictures on a phone or computer. Photo slideshows are easy to share and fun to watch. A well-made video can bring your audience to tears and a poorly-made one can bore them to tears. I’m guessing you want to create a slideshow that people will love. It might be a personal event like a wedding, a funeral, or a birthday! Or maybe you need something for your business – a function, a sales page, your social media marketing campaign. Either way, by following these simple tips, you can really wow your audience. And have fun in the process! There are plenty of slide makers out there. Or you can get professional editors do the job for you.
Understanding your camera and its settings is the first step towards better photos. Go through the manual and your camera’s settings. The time spent trying and experimenting with the settings, will pay off.
Set your resolution as high as possible, even if you have to buy more storage. Nothing can fix low quality photos.
Understand white balance – when you shoot a photo under a tungsten light, the photo can appear incandescent and “wrongly colored”. That’s where you need to adjust the white balance in your camera to compensate for the tungsten lighting. The white balance setting is one of the most underused settings in digital cameras. Usually, camera manuals document how to use the setting. White balance caused discolorations can be greatly improved in editing, but easier to avoid the problem. Watch a sample video here.
Proper hold of your camera is important to avoid a shaky camera, which results in slightly blurry pictures. A good way to avoid this is to place one hand under the camera, and brace that arm’s elbow against your ribs. This will give you more stability. You could also kneel on one knee, with the other knee forward so you can rest your camera-supporting arm on it, or lean against a wall or something for extra support. Use of tripod is the ideal.
Keep the camera’s lens clean. Sounds obvious and yet, many people don’t pay much attention to it. Mainly the lenses of cell phones often touch other surfaces or have fingerprint on them.
Avoid taking vertical pictures, if you are planning to use them in slideshows. Vertical pictures or videos end up with the pillarbox effect (black areas on the sides), when they are put on widescreen. Watch, what happens, when you hold the camera vertically.
Keep the video short and sweet
This has to be the biggest reason why most slideshow videos suck. They are just tooooooo long. I’d suggest trying to fit your slideshow to the length of a song – 3-4 minutes with about 50-60 photos. With about 3-5 seconds per photo. Yes, that means you’re going to have to make some very tough decisions about which crazy good images will not be included in the slideshow. The worst culprits of way-too-long slideshows are of vacation slideshows. For those, I’d recommend making a series of short videos, like chapters in a book.
Slideshow with music
Picking the right music to a slideshow is critical. The right music not only has to match the mood and style of the photos, but the pace as well. Your photo slideshow may include a popular song, but be aware of the limitations this will cause. Music performed by known artists are protected under copyright. While these may be special songs, that you’d like to hear with your slideshow, platforms like Youtube might block your content. If the specific song is not too critical to use with your project, I’d recommend using stock music. These songs will come without any limitations to use and stock libraries have such a wide selection, you can be sure to find something that goes well with your slideshow’s style.
Photo slideshows are perfect gift
Mother’s day, Father’s Day, Birthdays, anniversaries and just about any other special occasion. Photo slideshows are personal and most often lead to tears of joy, laughter. Special messages at the beginning or the end can add the perfect personal touch.
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