Digital Slideshows Made Easy: Computer Slideshows
The old slideshow with music and titles has been reborn in the computer—it’s easier and faster to create with more possibilities
For me, one of the greatest joys of photography is sharing my work with others, and a favorite way of doing this has long been through multimedia slideshows. For years, I've used multiple projectors and a dissolve unit to set my slideshows to music. Putting the show together and then syncing it to the music took a great deal of time and effort.
That task has now become much easier with the advent of computer software designed to produce slideshows. Using scanned images and files from my digital camera, I now can produce stunning slideshows in a fraction of the time previously required using my conventional equipment. Plus, I can add new transitions not possible with the old way, and slides and music never again go out of sync.
The old vision of slideshow production was one of slides all over, trays with upside-down and backward images, cables connecting multiple show devices (projectors and tape decks), and music that was a challenge to match with image changes. With current digital slideshow programs (available for both Windows and Mac users), the whole process is a lot easier. I made my first all-digital show with music and titles in an afternoon after first receiving the software.