by Andrew Williams Published 01/12/2009
Introduction Last year I watched a couple of stages of the Tour of Britain cycle race. Even for the non-enthusiast there are some great photo opportunities and you can get really close to the action. These shots were taken with no special access; justget there early!
It's well worth looking around after the finish as there are plenty of shots of the equipment and riders to be had; the final shot in the sequence is Olympic Gold medal and fourth placed Tour de France rider, Bradley Wiggins CBE, being interviewed in the car park. Watching this year's coverage you wouldn't get so near this time without a press pass! I deliberately took a variety of shots with a view to creating a story of the day as a slideshow.
You can make slideshows using Photoshop Elements but dedicated programs such as Pictures2Exe (P2E) are much more versatile and very easy to use. There is a 30-day trial at www.wnsoft.com or buy it for around £18. One feature of P2E that I find invaluable is the way it packages the whole show into a single executable file which makes distribution to your customers so much easier. You can password protect the file and even give it an expiry date.
This step-by-step article shows how to make a short basic show without music and only uses a fraction of Pictures2Exe's capabilities.
Step 1 Select your images
Use you favourite software to select images for your show; I use Adobe Lightroom but Elements Organizer or just your operating system will do just fine. Consider the orientation. Landscape fills the screen better but most of mine are portrait so I need to think how to present these, for example side by side. Look for good sequences of shots.
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