3 Things To Do When You’re Too Busy for Photo Projects

This is for you if at some point in your life you have enjoyed making scrapbooks, digital photo books, video slideshows and any other projects with your photos. There comes a time when you get behind in working (playing) with your photos and it doesn’t feel like fun to get caught up. It feels like … Continue reading 3 Things To Do When You’re Too Busy for Photo Projects

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Save the date wedding video slideshow

"Save the Date" cards are a great way to help family and friends plan ahead for an upcoming wedding. Time off requests and travel arrangements need to be done before the customary 6 - 8 weeks before the wedding when invitations are usually sent out. Take your "Save the Date" a step further and you … Continue reading Save the date wedding video slideshow

Video Slideshow Empowerment

Empowerment. That is why I am teaching classes. Did you notice the tag line on my website? Do something but not just anything. Do something wonderful. So what is wonderful?Wonderful is not perfect. Wonderful is touching. It's funny. It's exciting It's cute. It's sweet. It makes someone cry. It tells a little story.The classes that … Continue reading Video Slideshow Empowerment

Changing music moves the mood

In my last post I talked about how music is integral to the mood of your video slideshow and how I use music in my creation process. I have made several multi chapter life story videos and I used the music selections to transport the viewers' emotions up and down through the show. Last week … Continue reading Changing music moves the mood

Music in your video slideshow workflow

To me, the real power of a video slideshow, compared to still images or straight video, is the emotion that it elicits. That emotion is guided by the music so the video slideshow creation workflow should include the music, not as an afterthought, but as a primary step that guides the rest of the process. … Continue reading Music in your video slideshow workflow

Working with less than perfect photos and video

When you make video slideshows for your friends and family, you are going to come across instances when you have less than perfect material to work with. Photos are low resolution or not sharply focused; videos are low resolution and shaky. What do you do? You use them anyway. If you are telling a story … Continue reading Working with less than perfect photos and video

Video Valentines

Three ways to make a video Valentine A video Valentine tells the story of your love. It can be short, sweet and shared on social media with your friends. It can be longer and more detailed, shared on your big screen TV at home with just you and your honey. However it might be viewed, … Continue reading Video Valentines

Audio adds dimension to video slideshows

The very first video that I uploaded to YouTube was an informational piece about a manufacturing process. It has a narrative that describes what is happening in the video. Because they are simultaneous, the audio adds to the understanding of the content in a way that writing cannot convey. Although I have used audio in … Continue reading Audio adds dimension to video slideshows

The seasonality of photo arts

I haven't written a blog post in months but that doesn't mean I haven't been working on my art. The art of making video slideshows that is. The problem is that my computer is inside and I have wanted to be outside as much as possible. I haven't been working on videos but I have … Continue reading The seasonality of photo arts

Don’t do this when you present your video slideshow

I thought that I was doing what was needed to prepare for the premiere of a big show that I did for a friend of mine. We had spent hours and hours together transforming photos, video, music and narration into a video slideshow that told the story of her community sculpture project. The day of … Continue reading Don’t do this when you present your video slideshow