How to Compile an Impressive Slideshow from Travel Photos

Koh Lipeh Thailand

To be quite frank the majority of travel slideshows can be a bit boring and tedious. More
often than not they come off as a collection of random photos from a trip, and are way too long.

If you want to compile an impressive slideshow that actually draws makes people
interested, there are a few things that you need to do:

  1. Decide on the story that you’re going to tell

Think about the narrative of your slideshow, and the story that you want it to tell – and try to focus it on a specific topic. The goal should be for the story to showcase the emotions that you felt on your trip, and convey that to the people that are watching.


2. Curate the photos and select only the best

Based on the narrative you’ve decided on, you should start to curate the photos from your trip. Only the very best photos should make the cut, and you should keep the total number of photos small so that the slideshow isn’t too long.

Typically about 20 photos is a good number, as that will create a slideshow of about 1 minute and 40 seconds if each photo is displayed for 5 seconds.

Any photos that have poor quality should be immediately discarded. Of those that remain, you should think about how they can be arranged to best tell the story. Don’t be afraid to break the chronological order if you feel it would help.


3. Make sure all the photos are uniform

Every photo in your slideshow should be uniform in terms of its dimensions, orientation, and color.

In some cases you may have to rotate some photos or crop them in order to make them fit. If you must you could even resize certain photos – though you should be careful that it doesn’t affect their quality.

As a rule it helps to color correct all your photos so that none look too out of place. On top of that however you should try to select photos that don’t vary too much in terms of their colors – or group them together at very least.


4. Find the right music for the slideshow

The background music that you choose to accompany your slideshow should be specifically designed to complement the mood of its story. It could be tense, mysterious, high-paced, serene, or something else entirely.

Make it a point to browse collections of royalty-free music if you want to get an idea
of some of the options that are out there.


5. Use transitions – but sparingly

Placing transitions between some of your travel photos can help to accentuate specific points in your slideshow. For example, a fade out transition at the end could draw it to a close.

However you should take care that you don’t use too many transitions as it can be distracting for viewers. More importantly if your slideshow is full of transitions it will look really tacky.

Actually learning how to make a slideshow with music is the easy part, and all you need is a decent slideshow software. For example you could try Movavi Slideshow Maker if you need one that has all the bells and whistles that you could possibly require.

At the end of the day if you follow the steps described above you should end up with a travel photo slideshow that is much more compelling and interesting to viewers. In fact you can use what you now know to actually snap better travel photos – with an eye towards eventually compiling them into a very impressive slideshow.

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