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What else to call a Slide Show so avoid scaring guests
Old 03-31-2014   #1
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What else to call a Slide Show so avoid scaring guests

If I tell someone I want to show them my slide show, they are liable to go,

"What . . . you mean vacation pictures? Uh, well, I just remembered I have a dentist appointment."

"Really? At nine PM?"

"Yeah, well, he works late."

OK, I haven't heard that one yet. But you never know.

I edit and assemble my slide shows carefully. No upside-down slides. No backwards slides. No pictures of kids, birthday parties, or picnics. I shoot mountains, rivers, forests. Attention is given to content, color, sequencing. I do a multi-image dissolve show using several projectors, controlled by a dissolve controller, with the dissolves and fades recorded on a tape for consistency. I project on an eight foot screen. It's like VistaVision or Panavision at home. There's a sound track. When someone does want to watch, they always like them.

The trick is just to get them down to the basement, where my (permanent) setup is.

I just haven't come up with the right come-on. How does "Panoramic Wide-Screen Photography show" sound?"
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Old 03-31-2014   #2
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Wine tasting? Then lock the basement door.
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Tell them it's a new avant guard film that plays at 0.25 frames per second!
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Tell'em that you've got an ultra-high resolution big-screen cinema-quality display.

And a fridge full of beer (or wine).

Seriously though that sounds like a fantastic setup.
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Old 03-31-2014   #5
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Call it a 'Film Show in your private theatre'. They will think it has moving images, and isn't in a basement.
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Say; "It is only 2 minutes"
If they are still seated after the 'trailer', say; "One more?"
And then you fire up the 180 minute extravaganza.


PS; this reminds me to dust off my Rollei twin when I visit my parents.
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Pour a lot of booze into them.

Then call it a slideshow.

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" How does "Panoramic Wide-Screen Photography show" sound?"

nah, sounds just like slide show

and i have no idea but good luck.You may just start a whole new craze.
Soon everyone will be doing slide shows and they will become so passe
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The question you need to ask yourself, if the audience requires such coaxing to attend, are they the kind of audience you want to show your work to?

I think a small stack of 8x10" prints is more accessible to most people than slides, because they control the speed in which they flip through and don't feel obligated to politely sit there watching if the pace is slower than they would like.

My age, I've only ever seen one slide show. I really liked it, but I could see the reasons why many wouldn't, no matter the amount of time you put into the curation.
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Wine tasting?
That's what I thought of as well... Seriously, colors are more saturated and composition is much better with wine...
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Call it a "Virtual Tour of exotic lands" - that'll fox 'em.
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I think a small stack of 8x10" prints is more accessible to most people than slides, because they control the speed in which they flip through and don't feel obligated to politely sit there watching if the pace is slower than they would like.
Hmm... exactly.
Even a full text gadget review with no picture is much easier to see than a video review in Youtube. I can read at my own pace, skip the uninteresting parts, and it's quiet.

[Add] It's about being bounded there, passively at your mercy about when this will finish.
Walking out before the presentation end is rude. Ruining the pace of the presentation for other peoples by starting a talk outside the Q&A session is also rude.
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The question you need to ask yourself, if the audience requires such coaxing to attend, are they the kind of audience you want to show your work to?


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That was my first thought too. But as you stated, since people have prejudged what a slide show is, they may be pleasantly surprised when they find yours is that much different. I guess you just have to work on it.

Or, as others have suggested, ask them if they want to come down to the 'bar.' Then ask them if they would mind giving you their opinion on something you have been experimenting with.
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Multimedia visual arts installation. Then invite everyone to the Preview and offer them a glass of wine.
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I would be honest... and if they aren't into it, don't force it.
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Just keep it short and provide beer and wine. They'll enjoy it.

Also, what time should I arrive?
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I think the key is to keep it short. I work with computers all day, if I go round to someone's house for a dinner party, I'm probably not going to want to look at another screen. Generally I want conversation, I don't want to look at someone's TV any more than I want to look at their iPad.

If you do genuinely think your guests will enjoy it though, keep it short, and make sure it is in fact entertaining to them, and not just you.
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I hate to say it but I personally don't like being held captive in order to see somebody's pictures. I don't think I'm alone it that feeling, so I don't think the problem is entirely with the naming.

It is not just a slide show thing. I have a friend who has viewings of his photographs where he puts them on an easel one at a time and tells you about each one. I'd actually like to see his pictures, but am always busy those nights, and always will be.

You have every right to want to control the viewing experience, but people aren't necessarily going to have an interest in that, even people who might enjoy seeing your pictures. I love to look through pictures at my own pace like in a gallery show, or just looking at a stack of prints.
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The trick is just to get them down to the basement, where my (permanent) setup is...
I suspect people have seen too many horror movies to fall for that one any more.
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You mention "disolve" a number of times. I believe "everything in moderation except disolves, which should only be used in the final credits and possibly not even then."
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You mention "disolve" a number of times. I believe "everything in moderation except disolves, which should only be used in the final credits and possibly not even then."
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You mention "disolve" a number of times. I believe "everything in moderation except disolves, which should only be used in the final credits and possibly not even then."
But then every transition would have to be a fast cut. Too hard on the eyes for me. One consideration in sequencing, for me, is how nicely one image melts into the next.

BTW, why can't I look at cette image?
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But then every transition would have to be a fast cut. Too hard on the eyes for me. One consideration in sequencing, for me, is how nicely one image melts into the next.

BTW, why can't I look at cette image?
Although I said that mostly in jest, I really think that sometimes a fade to black and cut to a dramatic image or other approach to transitions can add dramatically to a presentation. Strictly using one method to transition can be really boring.
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What I've found is that most people don't want to see a slide show except on rare occasion, no matter what you name it. Most will, however, enjoy a selection—say 8-12 photos—handed around a table loosely or in a small book. And if they really like that and ask to see more, then turn your slide show into a video presentation that they can watch on their television, tablet, or smartphone.

Still keep it short ... no more than 30 photos, about 3-4 second each maximum ... and keep it relevant with photos of things that friends will be interested in: people, signal places, etc. Have well-chosen music or a voice-over track to docent it.

VERY few people will get through a two minute video, never mind a 20 minute slide show, without a real motivation to see it other than humoring their eccentric friend. That is simply the way it is.

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