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Turning Old Vacation Photos into Memorable Digital Slideshows

Today’s guest post comes from Dick Knisely, an avid amateur photographer and ProShow user. Check out his expert tips for transforming your vacation photos from throughout the years into stunning slideshows.

Last summer I launched into a huge project scanning four decades of our family pictures. That story was the subject of a series of posts all about getting the scans done.

Lately I’ve been working through our vacation trip pictures and turning some of them into slideshows. That used to be something that lots of us did back in the days of shooting film, my personal favorite being Kodachrome 64. I’d come home with a bunch of rolls of film, send it off for processing and hope they turned out.

Then there was the process of sorting them, labeling them and, eventually, loading up a carousel or three. Much of that process has changed, but it hasn’t gone away.

Once the carousels were loaded and ignoring the protests from some family members, I’d gather the audience (victims?) and we’d look at pictures and some of them got a nap.

Like the cameras and the pictures, slideshows have gone digital and the software to create them lets me do things with the pictures that are amazing. But if I’m not careful, some of the audience still gets a nap.

Creating Vacation Memories
Making and viewing the slideshows can be a lot of fun, especially as a way to use all those great pictures we take on vacation–whether from last month or decades ago. Having learned a few things (mostly the hard way) and finding a few things that seemed to work for me, I thought I’d share and that’s what the next couple posts are about.

So, you’ve got a big library of vacation pictures, maybe collected over many years. To turn those into slideshows, what’s needed?

Actually, the choices are many and you may well already have one or more. Most picture editing packages now have at least a simple slideshow capability built-in. I use Adobe® Photoshop® Elements as my main editor and it’s got one and it works. But as I’ve mentioned elsewhere, my main tool for slide shows is Photodex’s ProShow software. The power and flexibility in that software is pretty amazing and it can help you make very cool slide shows. But, at best, that’s all it can do–help you–it can’t tell your story for you, but adding the creativity in the process is a major part of the fun for me.

No matter what software you use to create the show, you can still end up with a boring show and an audience nodding off. Making interesting shows isn’t particularly hard, but I’ve made the other kind, too, so sharing a few tips here just might help you steer around a few of the potholes in the road to a show that was fun to make and fun to watch.

Keep reading the next post for 4 tips for doing just that>

Dick Knisely’s been an avid amateur photographer for three decades and is still shooting. He’s been making slide shows for about as long and enjoys the digital revolution in both photography and slide shows. A ProShow user since 2005, both topics are among the things he blogs about at What I Think About That. Another passion of his is the subject for his other blog, Presentation Impact, a resource for everyone who does presentations of any kind.

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