Mike Matas has created something with his Canon EOS 5D Mark II (reviews) HDSLR that I've not seen before – a really unique way to show off all of your vacation photos without spending hours boring your friends. And, he got to use all of his 3000+ photos! Now, you don't have to use an HDSLR for this – the Canon EOS 5D Mark II wasn't required (tho we all know how beautiful the shots can be!) – so you can do this with a Canon or a Nikon or even your point and shoot shots. Maybe this style should be added to articles like this? “10 Tips for Taking Your Best Ever Vacation Photos”
When I first saw this (it was sent in by Karl Hab), I was blown away by it's simplicity (I downloaded the full size which you can do for free as a registered vimeo member) and it was a lot of fun to scan thru the individual images as well.
So I wrote to Mike Matas and he sent us this additional info:
I went on a trip across India in January and took over 3,000 photos. When I got back I started trying to go though them all and pick out the good ones so I could share them on a web gallery. I ended up just being so overwhelmed with the number of photos and was unable to pick a small set that I felt did the trip justice. So I ended up with the idea of just sharing all 3,000 photos. I took out all the portrait photos and what was left imported in an unedited order into Final Cut Pro and set them to playback one after another at 15 photos per second. It ended up being a great way to experience the trip.
in 2 minutes.
Music by Patrick Books
So, it looked simple enough and it dawned on me that I had an opportunity to give it a shot – not with vacation photos, but with a ton of shots I've been doing this fall for a small town high school marching band. I've been doing ‘slide shows' for them for a couple of years and I thought that it might be kind of fun to put together an entire season of the better shots in Mike Matas style… I used Aperture to do the ‘slide show' and then went into iMovie 11 to put on the intro and outtro because I already had the titles set up there.
I tried a couple of different things than Mike did – I made the first and last image stay on the screen a bit longer – and I actually took the last 6 or so shots and did the same with them just to see what happened. I was trying to give the viewer an idea that the video was about to end. Did it work?
I think it worked out pretty well! What do you think? What makes it work and what doesn't?
Music selection makes a big difference as well I'm sure – in mike's case, his music was electronic and fast and ended abruptly. In my case, I selected a simple royalty free selection of banjo music that came with Aperture and it didn't end smoothly with the images, which is why I tried the slow down at the end… did that help?
(Photo credit: snap from the video)