I recently assisted my friend, Sharon, in organising her digital photos to create a digital slideshow of her life.
Sharon had a wide selection of photos she’d gathered aside for a milestone birthday, but many more from albums too. And a chunk of images from her family are still to come.
The process involved selecting and photographing dozens of images from her albums, and retouching many of them.
What was lovely was to hear the stories behind the photos, and to know more about her life across the decades.
So I wanted to put together some tips to help you organise digital photos for a slideshow:
- Don’t be afraid to include images you’re not sure about, they can be culled once you have your full selection gathered
- Don’t worry about too many images – it’s highly likely you will gather 300-500 images for your final product
- Include photographs of places, spaces and mood. You don’t have to be in the photo for it to be of value
- Colours, shadows, reflections, patterns, repetition and silhouettes add variety from the usual faces, smiles and group shots
- Crop like crazy! In days gone by, a LOT of background was often included in photos and it usually doesn’t tell a story. Don’t be afraid to crop quite tightly
- I personally wouldn’t include any photographs that make you feel bad or bring up negative memories.
- Now that you have a chronological history, you can play with groupings. Here’s some suggested categories:
• family of origin
• places you’ve lived or worked
• family/children (including furry family).
- Finally, sometimes a series works better than a single 🙂