All photographs are there to remind us of what we forget.
1. Chronological Slide Show
Categories: Most slideshows have a theme, they are designed
to celebrate days gone by. I think the hardest part is selecting your favorite photographs, if you are anything
like me you have photo albums, frames, boxes and drawers filled with photographs and old videos. Organizing and selecting
your favorite photographs will take a little time. Sometimes it helps to use post-it notes and form categories; for
example, if we are creating a Anniversary slideshow start with photographs of the Bride and Groom growing up, when they met,
engagement, marriage, family and so on! Each category in this slide show usually contains roughly ten to twenty photographs. Make
a list of important people that should be included, this way you won't forget to include a photograph of them!
Anniversary, Wedding, Tribute, Birthday, Bat/Bar
2. Random Slide Show
A lot of people love to feature photographs and clips randomly throughout the slideshow. Often times the
lyrics in the music dictate where a photograph will appear. I am big on lyrics, and if you listen closely you will see
how the photographs match the lyrics.
If you want to include quotes (funny things you
child said)or dates remember to write them on a post-it note, attach it to the back of your photo. Separate your photographs
with a sheet of paper if there is already writing on the back. Why? The ink that is on the back of a photo when stacked on
top of another photo can often bleed through to the photo it is on top of, which will permanently damage the photo.
The next task is selecting music. As I said earlier, I love lyrics. When you couple photographs
with great songs the result will take your breath away! If you are planning a Birthday Slideshow consider the music
they grew up listening to. It's important to consider the music they like and listen to. Someone celebrating
a 60th Anniversary might have listened to Frank, Nat, Ella, and Glenn! Celebrating a 60th Birthday might call for some
John, Paul, George and Ringo!
When Planning a Graduation slideshow...Your child might have definite likes and
dislikes(if this is not a surprise), ask them for their input. If you are surprising your child with the slide show ask their
siblings and friends what music they think you should use. You can also be sneaky and check out their Ipod to see what music
they have in their favorites.
5. How Long Should My Slideshow Be...
Finally, decide on the length
of the show. I have designed custom slideshows with 350 photographs, they only run 12-15 minutes. The photographs dance across
the screen and at the end the show is designed to loop (continuously play.)
with each slideshow, dependent on the amount of photographs that need to be scanned, digital photos and number of songs that
will accompany your slideshow. It is also very important to remember that the music needs to be purchased, as I have said
before, we want our artist to keep writing and continue to record.
Phew...are you ready to get started? You can contact
me for a free consultation and I will walk you through the process. 614.397.5950
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