Wisdom on Creating Audio Photo Galleries (Oct. 21)

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  • Wisdom on Creating Audio Photo Galleries (Oct. 21)

    1. 1. Wisdom on Creating Audio Photo Galleries– From Those Who’ve Done THEM How to converge audio and visual!
    2. 2. REALITY • Newspapers can no longer work on a story and only “think visually.” • They must think “aurally” • The audio slideshow caters to newspaper readers consuming content online • The audio slideshow creates a place for multiple images of a story to be shared.
    3. 3. Old vs. New? Figure New York Newsday front page published July 20, 2013. SINGLE PHOTO PHOTO GALLERY
    4. 4. Creating an audio slideshow • BEFORE YOU START – Check out these examples so you can get an idea of what one looks like. • www.seacoastonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article? AID=/20070702/PHOTOS04/70702005/-1/PHOTOS • www.ncsu.edu/sma/staff/photostaffmanuel/photopage.htm • http://mindymcadams.com/guest/diversity1/Priddy_Slideshows_v1d ot2.pdf • PLAN, PLAN, PLAN – Select a topic full emotion – Think about the beginning, middle and end – Doing a quality audio slideshow requires planning and preparation
    5. 5. Gather audio BEFORE or AFTER shooting pictures? “After is best for me. By then, I have a better sense of what the story really is.. Getting THE best storytelling image is and should still be the most important task. About the time I would normally say goodbye (after shooting a single image), I pull out the recorder for the interview.” Richard Koci Hernandez Former Deputy Director of Photography and Multimedia San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News
    6. 6. Creating an audio slideshow • Key steps 1. 2. 3. Pick a topic (try and pick a topic that will let you easily show emotion) Shoot! (Get all angles and types of shots… especially detail shots) Retrieve the audio. (You want to get a combination of background noise and you also want to interview several people about your topic)
    7. 7. “I always look through the photos first and then edit the audio. The photos will give you an idea of how the sound needs to flow and will give you a good idea of what to leave in and take out of the audio. If your audio is focused on something you have no photos to show, then you will have a problem. Once I have an idea of the available photos, I edit the audio.” Tom Priddy Online Producer Spartanburg (SC) Herald-Journal
    8. 8. Creating an audio slideshow • After you get your images, edit them and think about how you want them arranged. – Try and get audio that will go along with what the photos are about. (EX. You pick the girls varsity soccer team as your subject, while showing a picture of the coach have audio of the coach talking) REMEMBER - It will take several shoots to get all the images required. It will take more than one interview, you must get many so that the reader gets involved.
    9. 9. EDITING PHOTOS: 4-step process 1. CULL- Discard photos that are not very good, marginal shots are best deleted 2. CROP- Follow basic composition rules (i.e. Rule of thirds) eliminate distractions or extraneous material 3. Color Correct – Check images for any issues with exposure, avoid making drastic changes (if drastic changes needed, don’t use the photo) 4. SAVE edited images
    10. 10. • AUDIO EDITING - Editing in Garage Band… Choose your best soundbites or edit together your best narration track – KEY #1: Take the least amount of audio you can. – KEY #2: The smaller amount of audio, the shorter the time to edit it – KEY #3: Keep the final product between 1:30 to 2:30 (2 mins. Is ideal) “Any more than 2 minutes, 30 sec. and I think it gets boring” - BEFORE “SPLIT” Gerry McCarthy Staff photographer The Dallas Morning News AFTER “SPLIT”
    11. 11. • • • FIGURE OUT number of slides you need based on how long your audio track is. Suggestion: 2 minutes of audio (120 seconds), if each image is displayed for FIVE SECONDS= 24 images needed - Put your slides in order and match them up with the sound and audio

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