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Creating a Photo Story With Soundslides
 

Creating a Photo Story With Soundslides

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Soundslides is a fantastic tool for journalists who want to tell a story with photos and sound. UNC student Erin Smith guides journalists through an introduction to the program. ...

Soundslides is a fantastic tool for journalists who want to tell a story with photos and sound. UNC student Erin Smith guides journalists through an introduction to the program.

By Erin Smith, UNC-Chapel Hill student
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
APPLES Ueltschi Course Development Grant

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    Creating a Photo Story With Soundslides Creating a Photo Story With Soundslides Presentation Transcript

    • JOMC 491.3 “Lessons Learned” Erin Smith
    • How to make a good photostory…
      • Pick your story topic EARLY
      • Start your own research
      • Give yourself options and pursue each of them
      • Don’t know anyone? Find the person who does!
    • Sidenote: Working with Schools
      • LOTS of red tape!
      • Students usually need photo/press release forms
      • Need to be ready to work around schools hours
    • Meeting with Your Subjects
      • Be prepared to meet with them multiple times
      • Have an idea of what you want before you get there if possible
      • BE RESPECTFUL but persistent
        • This is voluntary for them
        • Helpful if they like you
    • A Few Logistics… Audio
      • Get your audio FIRST. No matter how great your photos are, if they don’t fit the audio, you can’t use them
      • REALLY try to record the audio in the quietest place possible
      • May be helpful to record each question as a separate track
    • Audio Continued…
      • Write an outline of the story first
        • Helps you organize your clips
      • When going back through your audio, keep track of when quotes that you like show up… SAVES TIME!
    • A Little on Audacity
      • Must be in .mp3, so use a program like Switch Sound File Converter first to convert your clips
      • Edit your clips separately and then piece them all together at the end
      • Helpful Hint: Always remember to hit the “stop” button before trying to edit. It won’t let you do anything otherwise
      • Often will only export as a .wav, so you may have to convert the file again
    • Shooting
      • Take lots and LOTS of photos…you can always delete them later
      • Try to shoot from as many different angles as possible
      • Remember the Rule of Thirds
      • Know what you need to show visually. You have your audio, now you just need to depict it visually
    • Selecting the Right Photos
      • Select the best photos from each shoot and put those in their own folder
      • Create folders for each “moment” you need to show and put possible photos in them
      • Pick the best ones for each “moment” from there
    • Now on to Soundslides!
      • This is your new best friend. No joke.
      • Upload folder of photos, then upload your audio track
      • Put the photos in order, write your captions for each photo, choose your skin, and use the scrubber at the bottom to edit when the photos come up
        • Want them to match your audio, so can pop up at the beginning of a new sentence or with a certain word
    • Publishing!
      • Export the project from Soundslides
      • Take the entire “publish_to_web” folder and put it in your public_html folder on your H drive
        • Might want to rename the folder/project names for a better html address
        • Ex: http://www.unc.edu/~erinsmi/MENTOR/slideshow.swf versus
        • http://www.unc.edu/~erinsmi/publish_to_web/soundslides.swf
      • ENJOY the fruits of your labor =)
    • Just in Case…
      • IF you are so unlucky as to need to go back and edit your captions, go back to your H drive under your publish_to_web folder you posted
      • Save the soundslide.xml document using Notepad to your computer, edit the text, and re-post that to your H drive
        • Flash document, so pulls info from outside
    • THE END!!!