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Spotlighted Show: Lindsay Helms Photography

Lindsay Helms Photography

Lindsay Helms has a way with animals (and people for that matter) that shines through in her photography. We took one look at her work and fell in love with her images, each one telling such a beautiful story. Watch a ProShow slideshow of her work and learn more about Lindsay Continue reading

Show of the Week: Abbey Photography Promo Video

A great promotional video showcases your best work and gives potential clients a glimpse of your photographic style. For example, this video from the award-winning team Abbey Photographers in New Jersey, showcases their classic style and some of their best shots. Continue reading

Photographing Majestic Myanmar

David Cardinal Photography

No country is evolving more quickly, and more positively, than Myanmar. Thousands of years of Buddhist sites, history and culture are now open for tourism.

Each year photographer David Cardinal leads a group of photographers to Myanmar to explore and photograph amazing temples, colorful markets, and unique lifestyles throughout the country. Continue reading

Make a Year in Review Photo Slideshow Video

Photographer Jeff Cable makes it a tradition to compile a ‘Best Of‘ slideshow each year as a way to look back on his favorite images of the year. From shooting the Winter Olympics to capturing amazing wildlife images in Costa Rica, Jeff’s year of photos spanned across the globe. Watch his video above to see some beautiful images and get inspired!

Ready to make your own video? Gather up your favorite photo and video memories from the year and drop them into ProShow. Using the wizard and built-in effects, you’ll have a polished and professional slideshow that’s ready to share in just a few minutes. Check out the tips below and get started by trying ProShow free here >

Tips for putting together your Year in Review Slideshow:

  • Lead the show with your best images for maximum impact.
  • Add an introductory slide with the year you’re re-capping.
  • Use effects to keep your audience engaged and the show flowing.
  • Not sure how long your show should be? Check out our handy slideshow timing calculator tool to gauge how many images to use in your show to match up to your music.

Have you made a Year in Review video? We’d love to see it, add a link in the comments below!
 

Creating Dynamic Video Slideshows on the Road with ProShow

Today’s guest post comes from photographer Rob Knight.

I led my sixth photo workshop in Costa Rica this past September. I decided to expand the trip from my usual seven day-six night schedule to a full nine days and eight nights. The extra two days allowed the group to relax and enjoy more shooting and instruction.

I held a contest at the end of the workshop to see who could come up with the most dynamic ProShow slideshow. I was not surprised that the best show was created by Kathy Veitch. Kathy has been a student of mine for several years and this was her fourth trip to Costa Rica with me! She won a one-year pro subscription to ProShow Web courtesy of my amigos at Photodex.

I thought I would share some of my tips for using ProShow Web for creating slideshows on the road:

  1. Create multiple short slideshows for a long trip. If you take a long trip that’s focused on
    photography you will probably want to come home with lots of great images and videos. Resist the urge to put ALL of your favorites into one long slideshow. Instead create several “episodes” that feature content from different events, locations, etc. during the trip. If you use YouTube you can create a playlist to keep all of the episodes together so that your viewers can find all of the related slideshows in one place.

  2. Plan your slideshows in advance. Usually I create ProShow Web slideshows by organizing content I have already captured, but sometimes it’s fun to go out with a specific show in mind. You don’t need to have a script or anything, just an idea of a story that you want to tell using a series of images and/or videos. Think of it as an animated photo essay.
  3. Use text overlays to inform your viewers. ProShow Web makes it easy to create attractive title pages to let folks know what your slideshows are about. You can go as simple or elaborate as you like, but titles can add context to your slideshow and let your viewers know what to expect.
  4. Include video clips in addition to your still photographs. Pretty much every camera shoots video these days. I find that including a few video clips in a slideshow adds a lot to the dynamic feel of the finished show. I generally use clips around ten seconds long. If the clips are much longer they slow the pace of the show. Clips that are shorter than ten seconds are barely on the screen long enough to make much of an impact.
  5. Upload your content over night. If you travel a lot you know it can be a challenge to find decent internet service, and Costa Rica is certainly no exception. It can be very frustrating to upload several images and videos to ProShow Web via a slow connection. In order to avoid the frustration I usually set up my upload before I go to bed in the evening. That way I don’t worry about how long it takes and by morning my content is uploaded and ready to go. Once the content is in ProShow Web a slow connection is not as much of a problem because you are not moving large chunks of data back and forth.

ProShow Web is a great way to share your travel photography in a dynamic and entertaining way. With a few tips and a little practice you can create great slideshows on the road in no time!

 

Show of the Week: Austin Photo Walk

Last week the Photodex team and photographer Kevin Gourley, led a fun and challenging photo walk with 30 local photographers. We toured the Texas State Capitol building in Austin, Texas and captured some great shots. Watch the video above that showcases a selection of images captured by our photo walk attendees. We love the different points of view that can be seen from shot to shot.

Thanks to everyone that joined us for the Photo Walk! A special thanks to our photo walk leader Kevin Gourley. Visit his site for information on his upcoming photography workshops.

The video slideshow above was made using ProShow Producer. ProShow is award-winning, easy-to-use software that turns your photos, videos & music into stunning video slideshows! Try ProShow free at www.photodex.com/try

 

Show of the Week: The Great American Coastline

This week’s featured show comes from photographer Gareth Rockcliffe. Gareth and his wife Jan are currently on assignment photographing the American Coastline. They packed up their vintage air stream trailer and set out on a 4 month journey. Their Goal: To capture the soulful beauty, diversity and majesty of America’s amazing Coast.

The video above was made using ProShow Producer software and shows the beginning stages of their quest. We love the mix of video clips and stop-motion sequences that give the show a fun and playful feel.

You can follow Gareth on Facebook to see new snapshots from each stop on their journey.