The ProShow Blog

Tips, tutorials & inspiration for making slideshows

Maximize Your Message

You’ve got the best slideshow tool on the planet – it seems to do everything you could want. There are so many bells and whistles, you can’t wait to take advantage of them all and make a great looking slideshow.

But Wait…

Take a moment to fully understand your goal, which is to pass on a message and tell a story. Anything you do to confuse the message can ruin the viewer’s experience. Without care, you can even defeat the message completely.

Effects used with care can enhance your overall presentation as seen here in a scene from one of photographer Mark Ridout’s latest slideshows.

Whether you’re showcasing a bunch of pictures of a trip or event, creating a quick-and-dirty slideshow or a multi-year epic project, your message should be your highest priority.

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How Ken Burns Brought the Civil War to Life

It’s no secret that documentarian Ken Burns popularized the technique of panning and zooming on still images, otherwise known as the “Ken Burns Effect”, in his 1990 film ‘The Civil War’.

In that documentary Burns worked with over 16,000 archival photographs. Instead of showing static images on the screen, he used a tripod to pan across and zoom into points of interest in the photos. Now, most modern slideshow tools have motion effects built-in and the ‘Ken Burns Effect’ is as easy as a mouse click or two.

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Nonprofits Use Slideshows to Grow

Neighborhood Harvest Project was started in February of 2010 by Jeff and Lori Ferris to bring community gardening to Round Rock, Texas. Now in its second year, the organization has flourished into a vibrant growing community with organic flower and vegetable gardens and workshops about gardening and sustainable living.

As true with most nonprofits, getting the word out about their organization and gaining exposure is key to growth and getting donations. The Neighborhood Harvest Project wanted an easy and affordable way to create a video about their organization and turned to ProShow Web as the best tool for the job.

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Show of the Week: The Spanhoek Hotel

This week’s show comes from Ray, a network administrator by day and a photographer and ProShow Producer animator in his spare time.

Ray’s slideshow is a promotional piece for a hotel in Suriname, South America called the Spanhoek Boutique Hotel. It’s a great example of how ProShow can be used to create slideshows for advertising and business. The show runs on a large LED screen promoting the hotel to potential guests and customers.

See more of Ray’s slideshows on his YouTube channel:

Want to be our Show of the Week? Email us a link to your slideshow.


Adding Video to a Slideshow

In the world of slideshows, combining still photos and video clips is often referred to as “fusion”. The visual concept isn’t new, but among slideshow enthusiasts and photographers, this technique is becoming more and more popular.

Tools like ProShow make combining photos and video clips in a slideshow easier than ever.

Scene from an awesome slideshow by Discovery Bay Studios, a studio that’s mastered the art of mixing photos and video together. Watch the entire show.

If you haven’t made a slideshow with video before, here are a few quick tips to help get you started.

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Tips for Sprucing Up Titles & Text in Your Slideshows

It happens all the time. Picture a perfectly nice bunch of photos, the slideshow beautiful in every respect… except for the underwhelming title slide at the very beginning. It’s the first thing you see when you watch the show. Doesn’t it seem worthy of a little extra attention for the sake of making a good first impression?

The thing is, people often assume that because text is a functional element, it doesn’t need things like beauty to justify its existence. But there’s no reason why it can’t be both! Text can have color, an exciting form, movement, and so much more.

Here’s a few simple tips that might just save a perfectly respectable show from being blighted with poor handling of text.

1) Don’t treat text like an afterthought.
Give it the same attention as you would a photo. This one seems like it goes without saying, but it’s the most common offense. Leaving captions at the default settings is safe, and won’t cause any disasters, but it’s not going to win you any special attention either. Put some thought and effort into touching up titles and captions so they look polished, even if you want them to be understated.

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Sharing Summer Memories

Our post this morning comes from our good friends at SmugMug. They offer up some great tips for sharing summer photos and an awesome 20% off discount just for ProShow users!

Arnold Palmers, sand between your toes, the distant tune of the ice cream truck… What does summer mean to you?

Whether it’s your time to ease up or take off, summer is precious. Make the most of it! At SmugMug, we live and breathe photography so we’re sharing some tips on how to use our tools to preserve your memories from the sweetest months of the year.

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