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One of the ways that event and wedding photographers can make connections and add value is by creating slide shows. And creating these slide shows on-site and on location. And sometimes these slide shows--well, they'll be displayed to everyone. You could connect your laptop to a projector and project all the images onto a wall so that all the wedding guests could enjoy the photographs. Other times, perhaps, it is more behind the scenes. Perhaps you are there with the bride and the groom and her family, and you have an hour to kill--an hour before the next event at the wedding.
You could open up your laptop and create a short slideshow for them, and people would crowd around and, again, just enjoy those photographs. So regardless of the way that the slideshow is displayed or how it is displayed or to how many people it's displayed, this process--well, it can be really effective. And then, also, it can be a lot of fun. Let's take a look at how we can do a few things--or set a few things up in order to create slideshows, say, if you are an event or a wedding photographer. Well, here what I want to do first is I want to go to the slideshow module. I recommend you do this before the event, and what you'll want to do is just grab some sample images--you notice we have a template browser. We can use the default template and click through this here. When I see this, I do not necessarily like it.
I want my images bigger, so I'll select crop to fill. Well, this looks beautiful on the first few images. I love that. Up-close, wonderful, big images. Everyone is going to love this until here, right? These verticals, this crop. It just does not work. So you'll want to find a template that works for you. Perhaps widescreen might be a good option. This will work well, whether you have horizontal or vertical images. Now you do not have to worry too much about black space in slideshows because people, well, they just tune that out. It is almost like that does not exist.
Whether this is on your laptop or a computer--or whether it is projected onto a screen or a wall. Black is nothing, no light. So again, this might be a good option here. The next thing that you'll want to do is you want to add some copy to the slideshow. For example, in the toolbar--if the toolbar isn't visible press the T key to show that--you can click on the ABC button. You're going to go ahead and type out Stephanie and Cameron--the bride and groom's name--and then I'll press Enter or Return. Next I'm going to make this a little bit smaller, and then I'm going to change its font. We can do that by going to the overlays panel. In the overlays panel you have this text overlay, and here I'll choose a different font--one perhaps which is a bit more fitting for a wedding.
I want something which is not too decorative but is still kind of nice. Here we go. I like that. Or add some more copy. Just click on this text box again, and I'm going to type out, "Congratulations" and then press Enter or Return to apply that. Again, I will choose a new font for this text field. So here you can see you can have multiple text fields, and what I recommend is you set all of this up ahead of time, and by doing that you could have the slideshow ready to go and then just fire it off when you want to. All right. I'm going to bring this one over here, and then I'll bring over my stuff and Cameron copy as well, and then I will click through my images.
As I click through the images, one of things I notice is that I can't quite see the copy very well. Some images, like this one here--it looks good. Other images, not so much. I also noticed it was a bit too low. What you can do is if you go down, you can add a shadow behind the copy there. Crank up the opacity so you have less opacity. This will just darken those edges, and that can really help out in regards to just helping that to kind of pop off of the background. And you want to click through a lot of photographs.
You also want to find a place for this copy that isn't going to be over people's faces. Most of the time the point of interest in our photographs is up here. It's in the upper three quarters of the image. That's not always true with all photographers, but you can see here with these pictures--especially with people--well for the most part, this positioning, it's going to work pretty well. You can determine to diminish this a little bit, if you want to just decrease the opacity there, if you want this a bit more faint so that it's not so strong on top of the image, and you can stylize this, really, to your heart's content.
But it might be a good idea to have some sort of copy in there. It could even be a day or the date, because it just makes it feel like, wow, this just happened and this is for them and it kind of ties together all of these photographs. Well, once you have done that, you may want to make a few other changes as well. Let's go ahead and close overlays and open up the layout panel. Well, the layout panel--you can show those guides--and what you can do is you can click and drag these points. Here, you can see I'm changing the size of the image area.
If you like a smaller image area, or if you want to modify that, you can work with these guides, in order to change that either by clicking and dragging over them, or by using the controllers or the sliders here in this panel. In this case, though, I want these images big, because if you are viewing this on a laptop or projecting it, you typically want to take up as much space as possible. All right. More. Next, let's go ahead and take a look at a few other options. Well, once we have done this, we'll want to go to the playback panel. You can find that at the base of the panel stack.
In the playback panel we could choose to add audio if we wanted to--again, you would want to preselect, perhaps, a song. This is as simple as turning this on and then selecting the music. Next. Another option here is to change your slide duration. This is kind of important. This has to do with the overall flow. In order to get a feel for the flow, click on the preview button. This will show you your slideshow in this window, and you can see how long it's going to take to go through the images. Now if this is more kind of background-- say, the event's happening and the slideshow is just taking place in the background--well, you want the images to be up for more time. If it is on your laptop and people are crowding around--well, if it is too slow, they'll lose interest.
So you want to just preview that and then choose the amount of time for the slides that you would like. Let's say there is not much time for the slideshow. Well, I might decrease my slides and my fades a little to make it a bit more snappy and exciting and fun, or if there is more time, perhaps, I would increase both the slide time and the fade time. Again, easy to customize and make those changes. Well, once you have done that-- and again I recommend you do this before the event or before the wedding-- you want to create a template.
So here we can go to our template browser panel, click on the Plus icon, and create a template. And here I'm going to type it out as the event or the wedding name, Stephanie and Cameron, I'll just do dash-slideshow, and then click Create. Over here in my template browser, you can see under my user templates, I now have this here. What's great about this is that if Lightroom crashes or it quits or if you accidentally select the default one, you can always just simply click on your user template and then that will apply those settings to those photographs.
Once you have dialed in all of the settings and created the template, what you want to do next is figure out which images to include in the slideshow, because you and I both know that when you are shooting events or weddings, you shoot a lot. You know that you have a lot of images that you just do not want to show. Let's take a look at how we can make some selections, how we can select some photographs, and then quickly and easily include those in a slideshow. And let's do that in the next movie.
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