This is for you if at some point in your life you have enjoyed making scrapbooks, digital photo books, video slideshows and any other projects with your photos. There comes a time when you get behind in working (playing) with your photos and it doesn’t feel like fun to get caught up. It feels like a chore. It shouldn’t be like that though, because the process of working with your photos and videos is just as important as the product. If you find yourself in this situation, here are three things you can do.
"Save the Date" cards are a great way to help family and friends plan ahead for an upcoming wedding. Time off requests and travel arrangements need to be done before the customary 6 - 8 weeks before the wedding when invitations are usually sent out. Take your "Save the Date" a step further and you not only get your wedding date on your guests' calendars, you can pull them into your story and get them excited about the big day, too!
In my last post I talked about how music is integral to the mood of your video slideshow and how I use music in my creation process. I have made several multi chapter life story videos and I used the music selections to transport the viewers' emotions up and down through the show.
My daughter and her husband were visiting recently and they brought their two dogs with them. I don't know what I'm going to be like when I have grandchildren but while my "grandpups" were here I took 72 photos and video clips of them. That doesn't count the photos that I took of people and it doesn't include about 25 more photos that I deleted because they were of poor quality.
To me, the real power of a video slideshow, compared to still images or straight video, is the emotion that it elicits. That emotion is guided by the music so the video slideshow creation workflow should include the music, not as an afterthought, but as a primary step that guides the rest of the process. My preferred video slideshow software is ProShow by Photodex. I use ProShow Web as the starting place for many of my shows because it allows me to play around with different kinds of music at the beginning of my slideshow creation process.
A video Valentine tells the story of your love. It can be short, sweet and shared on social media with your friends. It can be longer and more detailed, shared on your big screen TV at home with just you and your honey. However it might be viewed, this is a terrific way to re-experience your memories and the feelings that are connected to them. Here are three ways to approach a video Valentine. You can apply each approach to a show that you make for yourself or for another special couple in your life.
The very first video that I uploaded to YouTube was an informational piece about a manufacturing process. It has a narrative that describes what is happening in the video. Because they are simultaneous, the audio adds to the understanding of the content in a way that writing cannot convey.
I haven't written a blog post in months but that doesn't mean I haven't been working on my art. The art of making video slideshows that is. The problem is that my computer is inside and I have wanted to be outside as much as possible. I haven't been working on videos but I have been shooting photos and video so that I'll have a lot of material to work with when the weather changes
When you make video slideshows for your friends and family, you are going to come across instances when you have less than perfect material to work with. Photos are low resolution or not sharply focused; videos are low resolution and shaky. What do you do? You use them anyway.
In many families, there is often one main person who is taking photos documenting life and its events. If you don't know who that person is in your family, it will likely become apparent as you work with your photos to create video slideshows, scrapbooks and photo books. You'll discover this because you will notice an absence of that person in your photo collection. In my family that person is me. During my childhood, it was my mom.