Monthly Archives: March 2010

Put your photos in motion

Just because you shoot still photos doesn’t mean they have to stay that way. In recent years it has become easier to take your photos and turn them into a video slideshow. This can be a fun way to show off your photos in a different and fun way. There are a number of programs out there you can use to create a fantastic slideshow and many are free. If you are a regular visitor to this blog, you know I’m a big fan of the Windows Live family of applications. It just so happens that this suite of applications comes with a video editing solution in the form of Windows Live Movie Maker.

Windows Live Movie Maker

The process of creating a slideshow of your favorite sports photos couldn’t be easier. Once you have opened up Movie Maker, drag your photos to the right hand portion of the window, save the video and your done. That’s right if you just want a basic slideshow that’s all there is to it.

Many times you will want to add transitions, titles and music to your video. Let’s take a look at how to accomplish this.

If you want a track of music on your computer that you want to play during your slideshow click the Add Music button and select the music track you have saved on your hard drive.

add music

Now to add a title and transitions you can do it manually or use the AutoMovie button to have the program do all the hard stuff in less than a second! After clicking the AutoMovie button it will do a number of things for you. It creates a title, credits, transitions and pan and zoom effects for each photo you have in your slideshow. It will also time the photos duration so that the video ends when the music track you have selected ends. You can now double click on the title and credit sequences to edit the text that displays at the beginning and end of the video.

Once you are ready to save your video you can either publish it directly to YouTube, create a DVD or even save it out as a 1080P HD video.

Meta Data for Sports Photography – Part 2

This is a continuing discussion of meta data, the additional information that a camera attaches to each photo you take, and how that can assist you in becoming a better sports photographer. Since Picasa is free and currently my favorite photo application let’s review the meta data it provides and what that data means. Below I have displayed the meta data for a photo which I obtained by right clicking on the photo and selecting properties.

At the top of the box you see a number of meta data information that we are used to looking at such as filename, location, size and date The additional meta data which we don’t often look at but which can be helpful in improving your sports photography comes next. I will explain each item:

Dimension = 3456 x 2304 pixels

This particular photo is 3,456 pixels wide (horizontal) by 2,304 pixels high (vertical). Read the article on pixels to better understand, but essentially the photo is made up of little dots and this represents how many little dots there are.

Camera Make = Canon

I took this photo with a camera made by Canon

Camera Model = Canon EOS-1D Mark III

This is the model of the Canon camera I used which is an EOS-1D Mark III (sweet camera)

Camera Date = 2009-12-03 18:20:11

I took the photo on December 12th 2009 at 6:20pm.

Resolution = 3456 x 2304

Notice this is the same as the “dimension” representing how many pixels or little dots make up the picture.

Orientation = Normal

This field stores the orientation of the photo. Newer cameras will detect if the photo was taken horizontally or vertically. Actually 8 different positions are supported and more and more photo software supports this field which helps to ensure that whenever you are viewing your photo you are viewing it right-side up.

Flash = Not Used

I did not use a flash for this photo

Focal Length = 135.0mm

I was using a 70-200mm lens and this number represents the focal length the lens was set at. The larger this number the greater is the magnification of distant objects. The lower this number the wider the angle of view.

35mm equivalent = 173mm

Because the CCD of this digital camera (and most are the same), is smaller than the sensitive area of 35mm film, this number represent the equivalent magnification for a 35mm camera. In other words it would have been the same as shooting 35mm film with the lens set at 173mm.



In my next blog I will finish describing the rest of the fields.