Join us on August 6th and 7th for a live Google+ Hangout and webinar about making reunion slideshows with ProShow! Photo organizing expert, Jenny Larson of Forever Digital Memories, will share insider tips for making memorable reunion video slideshows with ProShow.
Whether you’re making a show for fun or profit, Jenny will teach you how to turn your memories into a beautiful video slideshow, with neat tips and tricks along the way. Learn best practices for scanning photos and other non-digital materials, working with sound and motion to tell a story, show pacing and timing and output and sharing.
If you can’t make the live event, we’ll be posting an archived video here on the blog and on YouTube shortly after the broadcast.
Hope to see you on August 6th + 7th!
Bring those memories to life! Make a gorgeous video slideshow to celebrate a family reunion, class reunion, military homecoming or other special gathering. ProShow slideshow tools give you everything you need to get started. Plus, download our free ‘Remember When’ effects – they’ll add the perfect touch to your shows and make it easy to make a great-looking reunion video that everyone will enjoy watching. See them in-action below!
Download: ‘Remember When’ Effects
This set includes effects for ProShow Gold 6 and ProShow Producer 6. You’ll need to download and install your new effects into ProShow to use them. (Once installed, they will appear under the ‘Themed’ category in Effects). For help, see this how-to article. ProShow Web users are able to use these effects as part of the new theme, ‘Remember When’.
Family photo credits: Copyright © Beth Scupham
The following options include add-on styles and transitions available for purchase, in addition to other free, downloadable effects and built-in options in ProShow.
Want more templates for your family reunion or class reunion slideshows? Check out the instant FX from Effects Packs. They’re fun & easy to use and will make you look like a pro! Available for $19.95.
A great title option for class/ school reunions, highlighting the significance of a particular year. Available as a free, built-in effect in ProShow Producer 6.
The free Timeline Effects are perfect for captioning photos and videos chronologically in your slideshows.
Planning to make a slideshow for a family reunion or class reunion? With ProShow, it takes just minutes to create a beautiful slideshow video using the automatic wizard and instant effects. To get started on your slideshow, get ProShow 6 today. Upgrade or try it free today.
Before you create a show, you’ll want to select and prep your content, scan any non-digital items and make sure everything is looking its best. We’ve rounded up some helpful articles to get you started.
Reunion slideshows are a great way to look back at old photos, bring the past to life and celebrate family gatherings. Whether you’re making a family reunion slideshow, a class reunion slideshow or a military homecoming slideshow, choosing the right music can make or break your presentation.
Be sure and pick songs that work well with the type of show you’re making. Check things like show pacing vs the energy level of your song and make sure they match up. Choose songs that were popular during the year(s) being revisited, in order to help ‘fuel the ride’ down memory lane. Or choose something contemporary that has a flow and lyrics that fit your show.
Below are a few of our top picks for reunion slideshows plus a few tools to help you along the way!
If you plan to sell the slideshow you’re making, be sure and choose music that you have the rights to use. Royalty-free tracks are always a good choice because they are pre-cleared and ready for you to use in your show. Below is a list of great, royalty-free tracks for reunion slideshows. Also be sure to check out some of our favorite royalty-free music sites like Songfreedom, The Music Bed, Premium Beat, Shockwave-Sound and Triple Scoop Music.
If you’re still at a loss for the perfect song for your reunion slideshow, check out this really cool tool we found called the Nostalgia Machine. Select a year from the drop down box and the website will automatically provide you with a list of that year’s most popular tunes! It’s perfect for picking a few songs from a certain year (great for class reunion slideshows) or selecting something from your parents’ era.
What are some of your favorite songs for reunion slideshows? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
Planning to make a slideshow for a family reunion or class reunion? With ProShow, it takes just minutes to create a beautiful slideshow video using the automatic wizard and instant effects. To get started on your slideshow, get ProShow today. Upgrade or try it free today.
We recently teamed up with Sigma and the New England Camera Club Council to put together this video showcasing forty semi-finalists in the Sigma Showcase Photo Contest held during the 69th annual NECCC conference.
The final two winning images were selected by Sigma professional photographer and ProShow user, David FitzSimmons (see his latest ProShow slideshow here). Congratulations to the winners and all the semi-finalists!
The Grand Prize Winner is Georgeann Rhodes for “A Splitting Headache” and won a Sigma DG 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO OS HSM lens.
The Runner Up winner is Gary Prestash for “Prothonotary Warbler with Insect” and won a Sigma DG 105mm f/2.8 Macro OS HSM lens.
Going somewhere fun this summer? With a little pre-planning and the right gear, you’ll be prepared to capture great shots on your next vacation. Check out these helpful tips below.
On my latest trip, I visited Hawaii. It’s a magnificently photogenic place, so I knew that finding good subject matter would be easy. Regardless, when I travel, I like to come up with a list of things and places to shoot.
Searching Google images, social media, and even tourism websites is a great way to identify locations and find some creative inspiration. This helps me address which of my photographic skills I’d like to work on, as well as help me figure out what I need to pack in my camera bag.
When preparing for my trip, I looked back at images from previous vacations and identified that most of my shots fell into one of two categories: 1) wide angle landscapes, or 2) zoomed in on subjects (70mm or more). With that in mind, I headed over to Borrowlenses.com and rented my go-to choice for landscape photos, the Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 Ultra-Wide Zoom. I also splurged a little and rented the absolutely amazing Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS II.
Now here’s where creating a list of things comes in handy. While coming up with my list, two common elements kept popping up…water and sun.
I knew I would be doing some snorkeling, and I wanted to get some photos underwater, so I headed over to Amazon and found a deal on a great waterproof point and shoot, the Nikon Coolpix AW100. (Tip: I paid half price by getting a refurbished unit).
For my DSLR, the water and sun issues became an opportunity to practice working with some filters. So I made sure to add a Circular Polarizer and a couple of Neutral Density filters to my bag.
If you’ve packed the right gear and planned ahead, getting great shots is a breeze! Here are some of my favorites from a recent trip to Hawaii.
With the Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 Ultra-Wide Zoom, I was able to get all of the Byodo-In temple in frame without having to be 100′s of feet away. Shooting in the middle of the day is always a challenge. By adding a Circular Polarizing Filter, I was able to reduce the glare coming off the pond and bring out more color in the sky.
The super-wide angle lens also allowed me to capture a really nice view of Waimānalo Bay.
By bringing along the extremely high-quality Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS II lens, I was also able to get some really amazing flora shots.
While there’s nothing technically interesting going on in this shot, it’s a great example of something totally unique and amazing you can capture when you have a “I want to shoot this” list, and you pack the right gear. Special thanks to the Nikon Coolpix AW100 underwater point and shoot.
Despite all of my planning, some of my favorite shots from my trip were of moments that I just stumbled upon. Thankfully, most smart phones these days feature very capable cameras!
The best part of having great shots from a vacation is sharing them with friends and family. A slideshow video is the perfect way to showcase a collection of your travel and vacation photos all at once, in a fun and dynamic way. Here’s my video made with ProShow. Make your own travel slideshow today.
Today’s guest post comes from multimedia producer, Paul Sparrow. His recent video ‘The Rockies‘ spurred a ton of questions from readers about how the ‘moving clouds’ trick was created. Paul shares the step-by-step instructions on how to re-create this effect in your own slideshows below.
When producing an AV show I always consider how the first minute of the production will effect the audience. No matter what kind of show you’re doing it should have a strong opening…something that will “grab” the audience.
In my recent production “The Rockies” which highlights the awesome power of the Canadian mountain range, I wanted to start the show with some striking black & white imagery of the mountain peaks with low lying cloud banks to draw the viewer into the show.
The shots themselves were dramatic on their own but I decided to add some movement in the clouds that were drifting over the hills in the distance, to add that sense of dynamics to the otherwise static imagery. This necessitated using a number of techniques in ProShow Producer as well as Photoshop to accomplish the believable but subtle movement. Here’s how it was done.
In ProShow Producer, I started out with my “base layer” which was an image that had trees in the foreground behind which had low lying clouds rolling over the mountains in the distance. For my “animated” layer I added a second image on top that had similar clouds that would act as the “moving” bank of clouds.
The trick was to make the cloud layer appear as if it were moving in the distance “behind” the foreground trees to make the effect convincing.
First I had to create a mask in Photoshop of the base layer tree line image.
I used a variety of “feathering” and “painting” techniques to create a blending of the masked area so it would transition nicely to the unmasked area, which in turn would reveal the moving cloud bank.
This file was saved as a jpeg and now in Producer was added on top of the cloud layer as a “Mask Layer”. The resulting effect was to “hold back” the foreground and trees so the moving clouds would not show over this area.
But even though this layer was “masked”, to prevent it showing overtop of the trees on the layer below, the effect was still not as convincing as I’d like. Because this layer was opaque by default the moving clouds completely covered those that were in the layer below.
One way to alter this would be to change the “opacity” of the moving cloud layer so that the layer below would partially show through. But that would have created the effect of “transparent” clouds that were not at all realistic.
What I was after was a blending of some of the clouds in this moving layer with the static clouds in the layer below so you would see some moving clouds and some static clouds that would create the appearance of clouds at various distances moving at different rates.
To accomplish this I altered how the densities of the moving cloud layer blended with the static layer below. This was done through the use of the “Chroma Key” option in Producer which allowed me to alter which tones would register and which would not. I could keep the moving cloud layer at 100% opacity but “knock out” the darker tones, allowing only the lighter tones of the moving layer to reveal themselves.
This ultimately gave the appearance of one bank of clouds moving over the mountains in front of the another bank of clouds to create the subtle effect of various clouds moving past each other as you might see when they roll over the mountains.
Copyright Paul Sparrow 2014
Houston pet owner, Jordan Roberts adopted her dog Dukey 3 years ago after falling in love with his adoption video. Dukey sadly had health issues over the years and after several surgeries and a hard decision, had to be put down on July 7th.
Photographer Robyn Arouty, a family friend of Roberts, documented Dukey’s last day and posted a beautiful tribute in photos and words on her blog that’s been sweeping the nation and tugging at heartstrings. You can see the post in its entirety here.
We are very touched to learn that ProShow was used to make Dukey’s original adoption video and helped Jordan fall in love with the rambunctious lab 3 years ago.
Video made in ProShow.
ProShow is used by shelters and animal rescue organizations around the world to bring awareness to shelter animals and help get them adopted.
Bring those memories to life! Make a gorgeous video slideshow to celebrate a family reunion, class reunion, military homecoming or other special gathering. ProShow slideshow tools give you…
Reunion slideshows are a great way to look back at old photos, bring the past to life and celebrate family gatherings. Whether you’re making a family reunion slideshow,…
Going somewhere fun this summer? With a little pre-planning and the right gear, you’ll be prepared to capture great shots on your next vacation. Check out these helpful…
Today’s guest post comes from multimedia producer, Paul Sparrow. His recent video ‘The Rockies‘ spurred a ton of questions from readers about how the ‘moving clouds’ trick was…