Setting Your Pictures to Music

April 05, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I have seen many slide shows made by amateurs and professionals alike who set their pictures to music. When asked about why they did what they did many people admit they simply used a canned program with some standard transitions to go along with one of their favourite pieces of music.  The result unfortunately is that more often than not the finished product comes across as inappropriate or jarring as the music and pictures fails to complement each other.  The point of setting pictures to music in the first place is to add an extra dimension to the presentation of your pictures which in turn enhances the experience by matching the mood of your pictures. 

For example if you are going to do a slide show of sunsets you have taken over the years use music which help to support the serenity and stillness of this type of photography rather than putting your choice Van-Halen track in just because it is your favourite piece of music.  Also, when it comes to transitions in your slide show try and match them to your music rather than just relying on random transitions using the same time interval.  There are many small things you can do to match transitions which are subtle but still leaves the viewer with a much stronger impression of your work.  For example, transition on the strong beat in the music or use a transition which suits the music such as a pointillism dots or a plasma effect if you are using a piece of music by Claude Debussy like Clair de Lune.  These transitions fit the style of music because that was also the style of painting at the time of Debussy. 

What it boils down to is that art in general fits together in styles and by taking advantage of this in your slide shows you can produce much more effective shows that people will enjoy more.  Of course, this will be more work but ask yourself if your pictures are not worth the extra effort?

Check out this page for some examples


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