Software for Making Slideshows

The following is a list of software and instructional videos that members could use to make slideshows.  This list is by no means exhaustive. Note: You should always have updated virus protection before installing any software.

For a list of all posts on how to make a slideshow refer to our website menu Pictures/Make a Slideshow.

Photoshop Elements by Adobe. There is also a link at the top of the page to download the trial version before purchasing the software.

Photoshop Elements 2020 Tutorial Creating a Slideshow Adobe Training by TeachUComp


Power Director 365 for Windows or Power Director 365 for Mac by Cyberlink

Manually Create a Slideshow from Photos by Sharper Turtle

IrfanView for Windows free software

Create a Slideshow with IrfanView by Butterscotchcom

Splice free software

Splice App Tutorial by Katie Kotynski

Animoto free software for the basic version.

How to Make an Animoto Slideshow by Jared Platt

Make Slideshows using Apple Products

The following is a list of instructional videos that may help you to make slideshows using Apple products.

Older versions of MacOS

iMovie Slideshow by Simply Mac Apple Premier Partner

Newer versions of MacOS

Make a Slideshow with iMovie 10 by John Whitehead Images
Create a Slideshow in iMovie by Scott Panfil. Quick and Easy

Keynote free software for MacOS 10.15 Catalina or later.

Create Beautiful Photo Slideshows in Keynote by macmostvideo.
Complete Beginner’s Guide to Apple Keynote (2020)



Ross Laing on Buying Used Gear

You can review an abridged version of Ross Laing’s excellent presentation on buying used photography equipment here.

Here are the links he included at the end of his presentation:

Used Equipment Camera Retailers:
Henrys
Vistek
Adorama
B&H Photo
KEH Camera
MBP

Brand Specific Marketplaces (using Pentax examples):
Pentax Forums
Pentax User

Local and online sellers:
Amazon
Camerama, Toronto
[Edward Village Hotel, 185 Yorkland Bl., Toronto. hours are 9:30-2:30. Admission is $7 (Students $5). Lots of free parking. For more
info email here ]
Camera Traders (Victoria, B.C.)
Camera Trading Company (Ottawa)
ebay
Etsy Cameras
kijiji
maxsold

Equipment Reviews:
Digital Photography Review

You Tube:

Royalty Free Music

If you’re going to publish your slideshows online on where they’re publicly accessible you have to use royalty free or copyright free music, otherwise you may be liable for copyright violation.

Catherine Easton has been doing our camera club slideshows and since COVID they’ve been posted to the club’s YouTube channel. When asked where she was finding the music, she said:


I did a google search on the subject of Royalty Free and Copyright Free music — and lots of sites come up.  These are two that I’ve explored and downloaded some tracks:  

  • Mixkitwhich, in addition to free music, provides stock video clips, sound effects, and video templates
  • Bensoundwhich provides hundreds of royalty free songs in categories including acoustic, folk, cinematic, corporate, pop, electronica, urban, groove, jazz. rock, and world.

You have to be prepared to spend an hour or two researching the various pieces of music — there is a reason why some of it hasn’t made the “top 100 list”.    However,  I’ve managed to get a collection of a dozen or so pieces that should keep me going for the 2020/2021 season of slide shows.

Catherine Easton

Make Slideshows on Windows 10: Basics

This is the first of three videos that show how easy it is to make a slideshow using the Photos program that is built into Windows 10. In this video we’ll find and run the Photos program, add images, preview our creation, and save our slideshow as a video.

Bill Robertson

DIY Slideshows

We’re starting a series of posts on how to make your own slideshows in hopes than more club members will be inspired to submit slideshows to share at our meetings like the one Debbie and Catherine shared at our December meeting.

The guidelines are here and there’s a (slightly out of date) post here.

We’ll be providing information on how to find royalty free music, on making slideshows with Windows, and with Apple devices.

Stay tuned…

Online Meeting Best Practices

To get the most out of a virtual online meeting:

  • Mute your microphone unless you are speaking to the group. If your microphone is on, avoid sound playing in room, especially music
  • Disable your camera to minimize bandwidth requirements. If your camera is on avoid backgrounds with a lot of motion (ceiling fans, traffic out a window, etc.)
  • If you have a question type it into the chat box
  • Log in 30 minutes before the meeting starts if you need to test your set-up, otherwise log in 5-15 minutes before the meeting
  • Notify the host using chat if something is not working
  • To get the hosts attention try holding up a white card in front of your camera
  • Use a headset/earphones/ear buds if you have them. The echo cancellers will thank you
  • Use a headset with a microphone if you have one. Everyone will hear you much better than if you use the microphone built into your device or webcam