Video Slideshows

...Posted on YouTube

In 2006, I had my third great photographic revelation (the first was making my first color (darkroom) print, and the second was finding Photoshop). I had just bought a new computer, which came with Windows XP Media Edition and a DVD burner. I installed Photoshop Elements 3 and after a few hours of tinkering, I discovered that I could make a DVD slideshow that you could play on a TV!

My jaw dropped. In an instant, my slide projector (a staple in my life for so many years) was obsolete. I had no intention to do this when I bought the computer (if I did, I would have gotten a larger hard drive), but I knew right then and there that this would be my new hobby. Eventually I found YouTube for sharing them online.

TimeA Year on Oakwood Lake


Shots taken around the house over the last two years. It loosely goes from January to December. 12/2015. (Music: Bridge of Dreams, David Lanz & Paul Speer).

TimeVacation 2012


First wide screen slideshow. (Music: Marching Season, Yanni).

Vacation 09Vacation 2009

50th Birthday Party (10:22)

Actually, it was a combo party - we both turned 50 this year. (Music: Don Juan, Eric Tingstad, Nancy Rumbel; Shenandoah, Nancy Rumbel).

TimeLapse of Time


Some of my favorite sequences from my last 3 vacations. My camera (Canon S3IS) is kind of limited for this, so this is the best I could do. 8/2009. (Music: Ode to Ludwig, Don Dorsey).

Moms 80thMom's 80th Birthday


A summary of the DVD slideshow & party. 10/2009.

50th AnniversaryHappy 50th Wedding Anniversary Mom & Dad

(5:45) *Over 24,000 views (Dec. 2015)!

50 Golden years, 1957 - 2007, condensed version. 5/2008

When the pictures were in an album, we rarely looked at them. But now that they're on a DVD, we watch them all the time. (Music**: Happy Together, The Turtles; Long Ago and Far Away, Rod Stewart, Forever and For Always, Shania Twain).


**Note: The sound track was removed by YouTube for "copyright infringement". I disagree with the rules (citing "Fair Use"), but I won't win this fight. In short, I buy CDs for background music for my slideshows dating back to the slide projector days. This is my hobby - I don't make money, and I don't think my hobby harms the artist or the music industry in any way. If anything, my slideshows might even encourage others to do the same, in which case they would have to go out and buy the music, but that's an argument for another web page.

Jim's 2007 Vacation

I was so pleased with my 2006 slideshow, I upgraded my digital camera to a Canon S3 IS - a much better camera, which includes a 12x optical zoom and Image Stabilization.

Vac 07aPart 1: Arizona - New Mexico (04:02)

Saguaro National Park, Chiricahua National Monument, White Sands National Monument.


Vac 07bPart 2: New Mexico - Utah (03:40)

Santa Fe, Bandelier National Monument, Chaco Canyon, Hovenweep National Monument.


Vac 07cPart 3: Utah - Arizona (07:28)

Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Wupatki National Monument, Sunset Crater National Monument, Sedona.


Vac 07 TimeBonus: Time Lapse Sequences (03:14)

Several time lapse sequences stitches together in Premiere.


Jim's 2006 Vacation

This is my first video slideshow, and I'm ecstatic with the results. ...And I'm still learning. As soon as I figured out that I could make DVDs, I mothballed my slide projector.

Over 90% of these pictures were shot with a Nikon CoolPix 7600 (including the video clips), and the rest are scans of 35mm slides. I used Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 & Premiere Elements 2.0 to put everything together. Sound track: Narada Collection, Vol. 1.

The entire show is over 15 minutes long, so broke it up into 4 parts:

Vac 06aPart 1: Las Vegas - Joshua Tree (04:13)

Las Vegas, Mojave Scenic Area, Joshua Tree National Park.


Vac 06bPart 2: San Diego - Sequoia (02:54)

San Diego, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park.


Vac 06cPart 3: Yosemite (05:40)

Yosemite National Park, Hiking Half Dome.


Vac 06dPart 4: Utah to Las Vegas (03:02)

Snow Canyon State Park, Las Vegas, Bellagio Fountains.


How ToCamera Club Commercial

How to Make a Digital Slideshow on DVD (1:00)

I think making a DVD "commercial" for your camera club slideshow is a great idea in itself. That way you can send them around to other clubs as publicity (or simply post it online). Unfortunately, I didn't rejoin the club and never gave my show.

I hope my video slideshows inspires others as I have been inspired by others. Enjoy!