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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.

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

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

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