B&W Paris Streets (on music) : Tell me what you think, please.

Started Mar 16, 2013 | Discussions thread
RoelHendrickx
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Edmond, thanks + request for other software suggestions
In reply to Edmund Dorf, Mar 17, 2013

Edmund Dorf wrote:

Many great photos. Not sure why B&W. Many of those scenes would be better in color (my opinion).

Well, the B&W was a deliberate creative choice (not only for the slideshow, but also for the individual stills, that are all square too), for two reasons:

* creation of a classic loooking style (Doisneau-ish, if you like)

* creation of harmony and uniformity throughout the series : that was just not there in colour.

I agree about the zooming comments. Perhaps some pans left to right, right to left, top to bottom, bottom to top, just so it doesn't lull the viewer to sleep. Also vary the timing of the slides; some shorter, some longer.

Yes, I realize I have a lot to learn, and variation (and reining in of the effects) will be a task.

Maybe you would like this older slideshow better (it has not pan-zoom effects at all): http://roelh.zenfolio.com/p1046028174/h5869b780#h5869b780

The point of this thread is mostly, I see now, the enthusiasm at finding a truly intuitive and easy way to create those pan-zoom efects (en then going overboard on that.

The few slideshows I had made so far, were just with Lightroom.  That software lacks the ability to do those effects, though it is possible to add music.

I use Photodex ProShow Producer. It can do a lot more. Here is a short example I did a few days ago.

https://vimeo.com/#/home/myvideos

I think you made a wrong link here : it links to Vimeo in general.

About Photodex ProShow: I took a quick glance at their website, and the features look OK, although I feel that for my needs, the "Gold" edition (much cheaper) would probably be sufficient without need for the "Producer" edition.

I am wondering if there are any other good recommendations for (preferably cheap, because this will not become a main activity) Slideshow software?

I would be looking for software in which I can:

* upload photos and sequence them easily (dragging), adding and deleting with ease

* upload and add music (maybe also mix and edit the audio a bit)

* synchronize video with audio

* determine the look of the slideshow and make it automatic, or adjust manually for every slide

* use panning and zooming effects with great ease (determine start, end and speed)

Thanks for all recommendations.

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