Important Details for Wedding Slide Shows Like Scanning Photographs
Make Your Wedding Slide Show Powerful by Scanning Photographs
Every wedding season, brides and bridesmaids turn their attention to the details that personalize a wedding and make it memorable. For many people, thanking the family and expressing love for relatives are important parts of a wedding and help this process of building up the right details. Slideshows, although they don’t use slides anymore, are a popular and effective way to share memories and remember family members who have passed. The process of collecting old photos to scan to digital, organizing them in a series with matching music and sometimes narration, and then sharing it with the guests at the wedding is both fun and potentially emotional.
There are two general types of slideshows that people have at weddings. The first type is like a presentation. It feels like an official wedding event, and one or more people narrate using the pictures to tell a story to the guests. The subject often relates to how the bride and groom met and sometimes weaves in other stories about family members. The other common slideshow is a more passive feature at the wedding. Instead of being a focused event, this type of slide show is usually just projected onto a wall or played on a monitor somewhere out of the way that people will easily see and be able to enjoy. This allows people to casually notice it as they get drinks, for example, and enjoy the photos without requiring the time and attention of anyone else at the wedding.
Regardless of how the slideshow will be presented, it’s important to go through the process of creating it carefully. Picking photos to scan to digital, deciding on music, and ordering the photos are just a few of the details that can be significant if the designer wants it to. There are a number of basic considerations that frame the process. First, the more people will be forced to watch the slideshow, the more important it is to keep it short. People don’t like to sit through too much of the same thing. And even if it’ll be playing on a side table, the longer the loop the more difficult it will be for people to bring friends over to show them favorite parts. Anything over 15 minutes will be too long. The other major consideration is the quality of photos. Most people have a vast collection of digital photographs as well as the boxes of old photos from relatives. The scans and photos needs to be high quality so they will not look degraded when projected on a large screen.
After the practicalities, it’s important to deal with the aesthetics. The most impressive slideshows have a logical progression. Most go from older to more recent photos. To maintain peoples’ attention, slideshows need to be engaging and dynamic. That impacts the photos that should be selected, the importance of using active transitions instead of just dissolves between photos, and makes including a short video clip or two very effective. Even the simplest of slideshow software enables all these things and the addition of music. But to be sure everything looks good, it’s important to watch the “final draft” with a very critical eye and perhaps get the input of a friend or relative who will be honest about simple ways to improve it before the wedding.
Slideshows can be incredibly moving at many weddings. And from digging through old photos to scan to digital to putting the whole thing together and enjoying everyone’s reactions, it’s a very fun process when you pay attention to the important details.