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

Started Mar 16, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP RoelHendrickx Forum Pro • Posts: 25,805
Boxerman, some detailed responses (excuse me for the delay)

boxerman wrote:

RoelHendrickx wrote:

I have been looking for a way to make slideshows more controlled and dynamic (and to add music)

I very much like this kind of presentation, and I think this show is very nice! You certainly have great shots to start with.

Thanks.  Yes, that would have to be the basis for any slideshow.

I do think thoughtful use of zoom and pan is the best. I noticed a few standard tropes in your show of which I approve. Showing the larger frame then zooming into the focal subject usually works. The reverse, too, starting close in, then zooming out to reveal the context. Trickier stuff is to use the zoom and pan to really show two different aspects of the same photo (panning during zoom so that the original focus disappears).

I have much of one and much of the other (in fact, the whole slideshow is a consistent one-two-one-two of zooming in and out, to various degrees.  The panning is additional for some shots, and that is mostly so because the originals are squares, so I would zoom in from a larger secondary subject to a smaller primary one.

Some other thoughts: Although some of your pan and zooms seemed very thoughtful, some seemed "random." Or, anyway, I did not get the point.

Well, some were indeed more considered than others.  Of those that were less considered, I should have NOT zoomed at all.

I also prefer slower zoom and pan, in general, so that I can "study" the pic better.

Well, I just wanted to show a near-maximum amount of shots over the course of the song duration.  I plead guilty : that is not ideal.  Picking and culling comes hard for me.

Variety, also, is, of course, generally good, and my wife (who is pretty darn good at these things) often does some stationary frames, just to vary things up and, I presume, also because some shots have much less of a dynamic point to make.

I agree : I should do that too in next attempts.  But this was a first try and I was like a kid in the candystore of zooming and panning...

I think it's always good to make such judgments, otherwise it becomes just a trick, and not a mode of visual design.


We use fotomatico software. It's quite flexible. Not on your portable device, as far as I know. Most of our travel presentations are now in this style. We burn blu-ray, which is fabulous on a large screen TV. Among other things, the 60 frame per second, progressive format make zooming VERY smooth.

OK. Fotomatico is another I will look into.


No thank YOU for your feedback.  Much appreciated.

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