Create and Share Custom Slideshows
Powerpoint has undoubtedly brought slideshows and presentations back into popular culture. However, transparencies and diapositives have been around for a long time, and have always been a preferred method of storing memories, conveying knowledge and displaying art. Slide are individual transparencies that are specially mounted and projected onto a screen with the aid of a slide projector. This lets a large audience view the same photograph at the same time. The most utilized form is the 35mm slide, with the image framed in a 2x2" cardboard or plastic mount.
In business slideshows allow presenters ina a meeting to add visual images to an oral presentation. This is not meant as a replacement for information but rather a complement to it. It can also be used as a way of saving time, since data that would have to otherwise be expressed verbally is simply shown to the audience by means of one or several slides. Slideshows may also be used for instructional motives, in order to provide a dynamic audiovisual experience. The presentation's key points are put on slides, accompanied by the presenter's speech.
Museums and galleries have been using slideshows as a means of presenting specific information since the 1960's. Artists themselves have found in slideshows an instrument that allows them to transform space through the augmentation of pictures, texts, and images. Color slides are the most frequently used, sometimes accompanied by written text and/or a voice-over. Slides have been used both as a form of art themselves, and as a way to present an artist's work, usually sculptures and paintings. Many well known artists have made use of a custom slideshow, including but not limited to Bas Jan Ader, Francis Alys, Robert Barry, James Coleman, Jan Dibbets, Dan Graham, Rodney Graham, Nan Goldin, Louise Lawler, Ana Mendieta, Jonathan Monk, Dennis Oppenheim, Allan Sekula, Robert Smithson, Carey Young and Krzysztof Wodiczko.
For decades, family slideshows were a staple of family reunions, where all the pictures taken during a holiday, special occasion or vacation were assembled in a presentation for the viewing pleasure of friends and relatives. The advent of digital technology has not quite deterred this practice, but it has actually enhanced it. Digital photo slideshows can be customized for users, including their photos, music, wedding invitations, birth announcements, and any other scannable document. Instead of breaking out the old projector, DVD players and computers can be used to enjoy the final product in HD video format or executable files. Additionally, slide show software can do a lot more than just show the photos. Transitions, pan and zoom effects, video clips, background music, narrations and captions can be easily added, turning the the show into a whole multimedia experience.