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Not all photos are prize winners and memorable compositions. But among hundreds of images on your hard disk, many are meaningful to the people you know and love, and some of them certainly deserve to be seen, at least by family and friends.

For your masterpieces, nothing will ever replace a great print, framed and hanging on your wall. Or a collage of the best shots from an important event.

But when you want to show more images, share pictures from a party or tell the story of a lifetime for an anniversary, a video slideshow can be really interesting.

Choose a beginning… and an end

Many online slideshow services are available. Most promise an easy, painless experience. You can even automatically create, edit and share a slideshow in just a few steps. Whether you use these features, or decide to place every single image manually on a timeline, here are a few important tips to putting together a great show.

The first image in a movie often gives you a glimpse of what could or will happen throughout the story. That makes the first picture you choose to show so important. The image that ends your show is the second-most important. This sets the information, and the emotion, you will leave your viewers with.

Choose strong images that can be shown longer than any others. If you choose 4 seconds as a standard for your pictures, you could show these 8 or 10 seconds. Your viewers will get the idea and understand you are insisting.

Choosing the right music

If you have a lot of images, you can now estimate the total length of your presentation. If you have 48 pictures to show, your movie will last 3 minutes 12 seconds.

Don’t forget to add the first and last picture, which will add 20 seconds to your project. Three minutes and 32 seconds is close to the average length of many songs in popular music. Now you have a time factor you can use to select the soundtrack for your viewers memories.

Make it horizontal, and crop

Video slideshows represent a great advantage when it comes to output quality. 1080 high definition standard adds up to about 2 megapixels on a computer screen or HDTV. Most digital pictures today contain 8 megapixels.

This means you can crop up to a quarter of the original image without compromising on quality. Enough to insist on smiles and faces, or details.

You will also have to live with the fact that your presentation wil be displayed in a horizontal frame. There’s no way around this: that’s how video is broadcast.

Take a second look at all the vertical images that made the cut for your slideshow. There has to be a way to crop them horizontally, and you absolutely need to stay away from black bars on each side of the screen. By adapting your images, you will cover more space on the screen and your viewers may notice new details in a photo they have already seen.