There is an audio visual evening with Beeslack scheduled for 4th February 2021. Last week I was asked about software for creating audio visual presentations from photographs. Microsoft Powerpoint can be used to make a presentation, but it can be tedious to use. I gave an introduction to audio visual presentations back in 2018, which you can find by clicking this link.
At the time, the recommended software to use was Photodex ProShow Gold, which was available for Windows only. There was a Mac alternative called “Photo Theatre Pro” (which may or may not still be available in the Mac store). Sadly, Photodex Proshow is no longer available and has been replaced by “Photopia”. The good news is the new software now works with both Windows and Mac. It has a subscription-based licence, so you could subscribe only when you need to make a show. Click the link below for more information.
Transition from ProShow to Photopia
However, if you have Windows 10, the free Microsoft Photos program also contains some of the basic elements that Proshow Gold used to have. You can combine images into a slideshow or video, add a title slide, add captions and add background music. I think this is now a better option than Powerpoint for Windows users. You can start the program by selecting the images you want to show, clicking with the right mouse button and selecting the “Create a new video” option shown in the menu.
When the program starts you will see a screen like this (which looks remarkably similar to the Proshow screen). You can drag photos from the library window on the left onto the timeline at the bottom and view your show using the preview window on the right.
I hope this helps. Have fun, whichever tool you use.
Sandra Crowhurst has pointed out that the Royal Horticultural Society’s 2021 photography competition is now open for entries. Click below for details.
Entry is free, so if you have already collected photographs for our “flowers and horticulture” competition you could send them to this competition as well. You could also browse their galleries for ideas how to improve your images before submitting them. Best of luck!
Happy New Year to all Musselburgh Camera Club members!
A reminder that our first set subject competition of the year, on the theme of “Nature and Wildlife” takes place at 7:30pm this Thursday, 7th January 2021 by Zoom. The competition will be judged by Joe Fowler.
I hope you all had a good Christmas break, and I look forward to seeing you.
A reminder that human portrait competition entries need to be sent to George before the end of this week. Please send your 3 JPEGs to firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you at the Christmas social evening this Thursday at 7:30pm.
Elaine Gilroy has send us a link to her community choir’s virtual performance of Something Told The Wild Geese. Most of the photographs used came from Musselburgh Camera Club. Thank you to all members who responded to the original request. Click on the link below and enjoy the performance:
P.S. Don’t forget we are meeting half an hour earlier than usual this Thursday evening.
Please note that the Musselburgh Camera Club meeting this Thursday, 3rd December 2020 will start half an hour earlier at 7pm. The connection details are exactly the same.
We are starting earlier this week because we have some international guests who will be an hour ahead of us. Please come and join Hans van der Boom and Denise Gielen, who will be showing us their photographs from The Netherlands and elsewhere. You can find more about Hans and Denise on their web sites (you might have to ask your web browser to translate from Dutch to English on some pages):
See you this Thursday.
P.S. Don’t forget to send your “nature and wildlife” images to George.
The club has learned that the 4-way competition we had scheduled on the syllabus for Wednesday, 18th November 2020 will actually take place on Wednesday, 25th November 2020. Apologies for the last minute change.
In the meantime, please send your black and white images to George Todd.
Congratulations to John West, whose photograph of Edinburgh at night was featured at the top of the BBC News “In Pictures” page a few days ago.
John says anyone can send their pictures to the BBC. The rules for entering are on their web page at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-10768282. The current theme is “open road”, which closes in 3 days. You can also see the archive of photos from previous themes back to January 2017. Photos for the latest theme appear at the bottom of the BBC News main page for a few days and later move to the archive on the “Your Pictures” themes page.
Elaine Gilroy would like club members to send her any photographs of geese you might have. Elaine’s community choir will be giving a virtual performance for Christmas, and one of the pieces they are singing is “Something Told The Wild Geese”. Elaine’s musical director would like to add a nature clip of some geese to accompany the choir’s virtual performance, so any images of geese would be useful. If you can find images which match the song’s lyrics as well, so much the better.
Something told the wild geese
It was time to go,
Though the fields lay golden
Something whispered, “snow.”
Leaves were green and stirring,
But beneath warm feathers
Something cautioned, “frost.”
All the sagging orchards
Steamed with amber spice,
But each wild breast stiffened
At remembered ice.
Something told the wild geese
It was time to fly,
Summer sun was on their wings,
Winter in their cry.
Please email your images to email@example.com.
A reminder that we will be having our outdoor photoshoot round up tomorrow (24th September) at 7:30pm by Zoom teleconference. Select some photos you took on a recent visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh. If you didn’t manage to visit the gardens this week, you can bring along some photographs from your own garden.
I won’t be sending a meeting invitation email this week. You should be able to reuse the same email I sent last week from now on (or use the meeting ID and password I showed on the screen during our first meeting).
See you all tomorrow evening.