Music can grab an audience’s attention and build a mood for your story. Music powerfully affects people’s emotions. Changing music can make a slideshow vary from upbeat to sad, negative to positive, encouraging to threatening and so forth.
Here are a few things to keep in mind about music:
• ProShow Gold and FotoMagico work very well with music. Most image-processing programs do not.
• If you intend to use a slideshow for any purposes that hint of commerce, including on a website that promotes your photography, you can’t use copyrighted music or you’ll open yourself up to a lawsuit.
• You can find a lot of noncopyrighted music on the web (royalty-free music is one name for it). A good source of noncopyrighted music is from SmartSound (www.smartsound.com), a program that allows you to build music to specific lengths for a slideshow.
• Be careful to use music that supports and complements your images and the story. For example, the use of a song that has the wrong mood and tempo for the story and the pictures won’t be received well by your viewers.
Once you’ve selected your music, preview your slideshow and make some final refinements. Maybe you’ll change the order of a few images to better match the music or remove or replace some images. The final result should feel complete and smooth. Keep these ideas in mind, and you’ll make slideshows that are entertaining for your audience.
iPhone and iPod Touch
While there are many excellent media players on the market, Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch are so common that they have become important places for showing your photos. It’s fascinating to see two photographers come together when both of them have these devices—they’ll share pictures simply by passing their devices back and forth.
If you have one of these media players, it’s easy to put your images onto it using iTunes. Keep your multiple-image slideshows separated from each other, however. If the photos all end up in a big mass storage area, you’ll find it frustrating to share your photo stories because they’ll be mixed in with others.
The easy way to handle a group of images is to save or export them to a specific folder dedicated only to those images. It helps to keep all of your photos either horizontal or vertical so your viewer doesn’t have to keep tilting the device.
Make copies of the images you want to use and resize them for the device (the iPhone and iPod Touch have a screen resolution of 480x320 pixels). Then tell iTunes to import this folder of images. I like to set up a “parent” folder for such slideshow folders—then I simply tell iTunes to always check this folder for new images. It then will erase photos when you remove a folder from this parent folder.
If you want to take it a step further, there are some apps from the iTunes App Store for slideshows that you may find of interest. Photo Show is an inexpensive app that includes templates to create slideshows quickly with many different transitions between the pictures.