Wednesday, January 31, 2007
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
With the versatility and ease of use of the new slideshow software, I'll no doubt be doing more slideshows than ever before. I've already put together a program featuring nature scenes and scripture to be used at the church I serve. I've also produced a program featuring the natural beauty of the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and presented it to the park superintendent for use in promoting the park. The types of shows one can produce using these programs is limited only by one's imagination.
The joy and satisfaction I've found over the years sharing slideshows with individuals and groups will only be magnified by the move to digital slideshows. I've already given numerous autorun CDs of my programs to family and friends. I also can foresee using these CDs to introduce my work to editors and clients. And when you consider that most computer slideshow programs run well under $100, I really can't see why anyone wouldn't give these programs a try.
Tips For Producing Digital Slideshows
|1. Present your best material. Begin with sharp, properly exposed images. Edit your work carefully. Whether the show is viewed on a monitor or television, or projected, you want your images to look the best they possibly can.|
2. Consider using horizontals only. Horizontal images will fill the computer monitor or television set, whereas verticals come out significantly smaller.
3. Select images that work well together. Have a reason for putting one slide next to another. Look for images that will create interesting transitions.
4. Avoid abrupt changes from very dark to very light images. Find an image that's more medium in tone when making transitions from dark and light images.
5. Preview your work as you go. The software allows you to stop at any point in the production of a slideshow and watch the transitions. You don't have to wait until you finish putting the slides together to know what works and what doesn't.
6. Choose your music carefully. Pay attention to tempo and style. Does the music help convey the mood or feeling you're trying to present? Having the "right" music makes all the difference in the world.
7. Don't make your show too long. It would be better to have five four-minute programs than one 20-minute program. Don't overestimate your audience's attention span.
8. Use title slides effectively. Since generating title slides is quite easy with the present software, beware of overdoing text and text effects. Make good use of title slides and text when this really helps your program.
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