How can I be more professionally presentable

This is how holiday memories become presentable

There are things that don't change. In the past, you didn't look at your photos because they were in a shoe box inaccessible on the screed or in a storage room. Today you don't look at your photos because there are just too many of them - and you scroll down a wolf until you only get to the pictures from the week before last.

Of course - I'm exaggerating. But only a little. Because photos simply do not fulfill their intended purpose - to keep memories alive and to remind us of celebrations, holidays or other memorable events - on their own. You have to do a little something. The memories should be easily and quickly accessible. And they have to be brought into a presentable form.

This includes making a tolerable selection - because nobody wants to flip through five hundred photos just to review a weekend trip.

And it's also great when you can create a bit of context. Just letting pictures speak for themselves is perhaps enough for people with an elephant memory so that feelings and moods return. I don't want to use that well-worn term that has already earned a slightly disreputable reputation on this blog here. (¬ęStorytelling¬Ľ). But of course it's going in that direction.

You could now capture a few sentences about your pictures or even keep a travel diary with text and pictures. It would also be possible to cut a video and speak a comment - kind of like the documentary about the summer adventure. But unfortunately, after two weeks of vacation, nobody has another three weeks to implement such a project.

But I think there is something in between: A photo book with a certain dramaturgy is a good thing - and you put it together in two or three hours of concentrated work. I like photo books.

And lately I've also been a fan of holiday videos. Since the apps have become better and better and our equipment has become more and more powerful, you no longer have to struggle with complicated professional cutting programs and PCs that are operating at the edge of their capabilities.

On the contrary: a clip of three, five or (help!) Ten minutes can also be puzzled together comfortably on the sofa with the iPhone. And even if you don't make a comment: With the right choice of music, a bit of b-roll and a bit of imagination and creativity, works are created that you like to treat your relatives and acquaintances with. (Whether they are happy about it is and will of course remain a different question. But then they can get back with the same coin.)

So in the patent recipe video there are two apps and a handful of tricks on the subject:

This is how you make an impression with your holiday photos

Readers of this blog will already be familiar with the apps. I have already introduced them here and here. The websites with the free video material with a Public Doman license also appeared here. But it's nothing new that I often condense knowledge from the blog in the videos.

For my own videos, I like to work with Final Cut Pro. This is due to my professional deformation. And the fact that you already have a bit of routine in the software and can need even more routine - especially when I'm producing something other than a patent recipe video.

What would interest me - and where I unfortunately couldn't find any really meaningful data: How large is the proportion of people who somehow re-use their photos and video clips and do something with them? So, for example, make a photo book, order paper prints, design videos or, if you like, print posters or use them to make a Powerpoint President? (Uploading that stuff to Google Photos doesn't count IMHO.) If you have any information, I'll be happy to hear from you in the comments. Merci!

Post picture: It would be a sin and a shame if this masterpiece had disappeared in a shoebox (Adrian Dascal / Unsplash, Unsplash license).

Author: Matthias

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Author MatthiasPosted on Categories Photography, VideoTags Travel