Audio slideshow review

Here is an example of an audio slideshow.

It is also an example of what you should and shouldn’t do in an audio slideshow.

It does have several good qualities going for it. Mushroom hunting may not be everyone’s cup of tea, so how do you spice up a story about it? How can you get readers interesting in a fluffy story?

I think making an audio slideshow for this story was the best way to make it interesting and to humanize the story. Just a text story and a couple of photos with this and not one person would read it.

However, that initial good idea is where this slideshow ends… being worth watching, that is.

I’m not sure exactly what this photographer was thinking– maybe he or she thought the story was stupid, because the photos are not good. There are repeats of the two hunters in the same position over and over; the selection lacks a variety of tight, wide and medium shots. After the first minute I still don’t know what a matsutake mushroom even looks like!

The audio could be trimmed down to way less than three minutes and needs a much better edit of photos.

In summary: great subject for a slideshow, terrible quality of the actual slideshow.

 

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Multiple flash, multiple times

Up this week was the assignment to use at least two strobes to take a photo.

I struggled with this assignment because it was hard to find a good place to do it. Carrie explained to me later that it works best in large spaces to highlight certain places.

It was a group assignment, so one of my classmates ventured out into a 36 degrees Fahrenheit night with no gloves to make this photo, in a nod to O. Winston Link, whose work we had both admired after seeing it in class. I submitted this one:

Here is the image in color and black and white. I’ve heard it both ways but I prefer the B/W. Anyone want to chime in here?

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Painting with Light

Our painting with light lab had to be one of the coolest assignments we’ve done so far. After a cookout with good food and good company, we packed up our gear and traveled to the eerie Katy Trail tunnel in Rocheport, Mo. We divided into two groups and took turns being the photographers and the artists.

These techniques were accomplished by setting the shutter speed down to bulb and keeping the ISO low as well. Our classmates posed, threw balloons, and played with light while we left the shutter open. The end result was very playful!

Then we had to turn in a “real” assignment we completed with our final group team. Here’s ours.

No photoshop

With photoshop

 

Lighting diagram