Musings on Photography

Slideshows

Posted in interesting blogs, macintosh by Paul Butzi on August 26, 2007

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As part of the household switch to Macs, we’ve taken delivery on one of the iMacs that Paula will be using. As a bit of a treat, I gathered up a bunch of photos that I’ve made in and around the house, and put them in a folder, and told the iMac to use the photos in the folder to make a slideshow as the screen saver. I don’t know what I expected – snap transitions, blah blah, but I thought it would be fun. But it turns out that the Mac does cross fades between the photos, and it also does a little Ken Burns style pan-and-zoom across/into/out of the photos, so that the slideshow is filled with motion. And, you know, I watched it go, and I thought “Hey, this looks pretty darn good. Especially for no effort!”

And that got me thinking about slideshows. It got me thinking about slideshows as a way to present a body of related photos, in a sequence. I’ve always hated, and I mean intensely hated, those web sites where portfolios are presented as slideshows. I hate that I want to flip through the photos quickly, and can’t, or that I want to go more slowly, and can’t. I guess slideshows are like children’s invented summer plays – when it’s not your children they’re excruciatingly horrid, but when it’s your children, the same play is a beautiful testament to the wonderful imagination and creativity encoded in your genes.

So I was sort of expecting that the next slideshow I came across I would think was the same old horrid painful dreadful stuff.

But no. This morning, I came across this slideshow on Dave Beckerman’s blog. I sort of winced when I hit the ‘start’ button. And then I was entranced. A slideshow. A slideshow with MUSIC, the very sort of slideshow I hate, hate, hate. And, truth be told, I loved it. It doesn’t hurt, certainly, that Dave’s photos are awesome. It doesn’t hurt that I like the music, either.

But a week ago, I would have hated it intensely. Interesting.

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  1. Dave Beckerman said, on August 26, 2007 at 10:57 am

    I know what you mean about slideshows, Paul. I tried to arrange the images so that they were related in certain ways, like film montage. It’s a crude technique. To really do it right, the music should be scored afterwards to fit the montage – but I don’t have the time for that.

    Anyway – glad I didn’t scare you off.

  2. Joe Reifer said, on August 27, 2007 at 11:58 am

    The cult of Mac is changing you? I recently had a gallery opening, and left a Mac laptop with a slideshow of recent images on the merch table. Funny how hypnotizing the slideshow experience can be if it’s done well. – JR

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