Creating a promotional video for photographers

Creating and posting a promotional video showcasing some of your digital still photographs doesn’t require an expensive video program.  If you own Microsoft Office 2010 you already have a program you can use to make a slide show, then a video file for uploading to You Tube.  That program is PowerPoint 2010.

Using PowerPoint 2010 you can choose your background from those already loaded into the program.  Then select “new slide” from the drop down list.  You will want to choose the slide that allows you to insert an image and a caption.  Once you have selected and inserted an image onto the slide you will need to resize it.  Right click on the image and then select reset.  That will give you a small thumbnail of your photo, which you can then resize as you wish by grabbing the boxes on the tops and sides of your image.  Continue creating slides until you have around 8-10 slides with images and captions.  It is then time to set your transitions for the slides.

I set my transitions to a smooth fade, each slide remains on the screen for 10 seconds. This usually gives you a video that is one and a half to two minutes in length.  Be sure to keep saving your PowerPoint after each change or you may find the changes have not been put into the presentation.

To create the video you will want to save it as a Windows Media Video (wmv) file.  Be sure you watch the lower right hand corner for a status bar that indicates your video is being created from the PowerPoint presentation.  Do not close the presentation until you have seen the bar has reached the end, then check your computer for the new wmv file.  This wmv file can then be uploaded to You Tube or linked to your Facebook page.  You will also want to inform your You Tube viewers that they can improve the quality of the video by clicking on the wheel (in the video control bar) and selecting HD (720).  That is the highest quality to videos at the time of this blog post.  Here is the link to view my new video, which I created today: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2zWnne6TOE&feature=plcp

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About Douglas Wilks Photography

I am an advanced photographer who lives in western Montana. I create a variety of strong images using a DSLR, computer, and digital software. I am available for hire for full time, part time, or projects. Most of my images are of landscapes, still life, and events. I am always looking to improve my skills, network of friends and professionals, and portfolio. I look forward to creating new friends, contacts, and others who are interested in photography.
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