If slideshows aren't in your skill set and part of the services you offer as a photographer you're missing an incredible opportunity. A slideshow is far more than just another service helping to build your income stream. A well-done presentation is about exceeding client expectations and it's so easy to do! While the concept might not be new to you, it's always exciting for the recipients and a key ingredient to making yourself habit-forming.
Photodex Fridays are about ideas to help you build a stronger business. I'm sharing these posts at the end of the week, because many of you are event photographers, and your busiest schedule is over the weekend, especially for weddings. I'm hoping to keep these ideas fresh in your mind with events you having coming up in the next couple of days.
The post below is from the Photodex blog archives, and it's a perfect reminder for this weekend. While the theme is the rehearsal dinner, as you watch it, think about any family event you've been hired to cover. Being a great storyteller might just be the most important part of your career as a photographer. Today's technology helps you enhance every important aspect of telling a client's story.
You'll find lots more helpful content and tips on the Proshow blog.
Photodex isn't just a company making terrific software, they're about education and helping you raise the bar on your business!
ProShow’s automatic slideshow tools make it easy to create your own photo slideshow for a special event, rehearsal dinner or wedding reception. Start by adding photos (you can add video clips too). Next — add some music, pick a theme, then click ‘Create’ to automatically start building your video. It’s that simple. Need to customize? No problem – make changes anytime. In a few minutes, you’ll have a finished slideshow ready to output to DVD, Blu-ray, HD video file or share online. For rehearsal dinner slideshow tips and an example video, read below.
There are a few ‘standard’ approaches for selecting what to put in a rehearsal dinner slideshow. The context in which you plan to show the slideshow and also the amount & variety of photos you have to work with will help you decide which approach is the best fit:
1) Childhood / Growing Up – Focus on showing baby & childhood photos of the bride & groom. This type of slideshow requires having a decent selection of photos representing both people. Showing 15-25 photos per bride/groom is a good range to shoot for. If you want, you can personalize the show with captions (dates, etc.), or keep it simple and focused on visuals.
(Note: If you have 20 baby photos of the bride and only 5 baby photos of the groom, we recommend taking one of the alternate approaches below).
3) Mixture of Old & New (from Childhood to the Present) – This last approach is probably the most popular one for rehearsal dinner slideshows. Like the example video above, the story starts with childhood photos (first the bride, then the groom), then it transitions to showing photo memories of the couple together. The transition point between each section is often distinguished by a song change during the slideshow.
Re-touch your photos for best results.
If you’re working with old family photos, especially scanned files (or, if you’re in a desperate hurry – digital photos taken of printed photos), chances are good that the edges aren’t going to be straight. It’s common to see parts of the white photo print edge creeping in on some corners, and also dust specks, scratches and overly dark, underexposed images. While we’re sure your audience will be forgiving about these charming imperfections, the overall results will be better if you run those photos through an app or photo editing program ahead of time to correct any major flaws. In a pinch, you can even use ProShow’s built-in editing tools to auto-correct, crop, sharpen and remove red-eye.
Get tips on all the best practices below:
Get detailed info on slideshow projection setups here:
How To Project a Photo Slideshow at Your Next Event
For playback on a TV screen, get the tech lowdown here:
Optimize Your TV and DVD Player For Best Playback Quality
If outputting to DVD, don’t forget to proof it before the event:
Proofing Your DVD Slideshow Before Burning to Disc
For looping slideshow displays, check out these tips:
How To Create a Looping Slideshow Display
Ready to make a slideshow for your event?With ProShow, it takes just a few minutes to create a beautiful slideshow video using the automatic wizard and instant effects. Create shows on your desktop or online. Try it free or upgrade today!