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Multimedia: Audio Slideshows


One of the simplest, and most effective, ways of enlivening a presentation of still photos is to pair photos with audio. The audio track can be ambient sounds that relate to the content of the photos, an interview with the photography subject, backing music or a voice-over narration by the photographer.

Ideally, the audio will enhance the viewer’s appreciation of the still photos. The voice of Ed Grajales, the Dictaphone Doctor, makes the accompanying photos come alive. Audio slideshows are a perfect medium for photographers to begin exploring the world of multimedia.

Tools For Creating Audio Slideshows
Compared to other multimedia production methods, audio slideshows are relatively low cost, and easy to produce. To gather your source materials, you need a high-quality microphone and digital audio recorder and your digital camera. To edit the audio portion of the slideshow, you’ll need an audio editing program like Audacity (free), Apple GarageBand or Adobe Soundbooth. Use your existing image editing applications for editing, correcting and resizing your still photos and combine the audio with the still photos in Soundslides, my favorite application for creating audio slideshows.

Follow the steps listed in Soundslides’ help forum to publish your audio slideshow on your Web site or blog.


One in 8 Million: An weekly series of audio slideshows photographed by Todd Heisler. These represent the best in storytelling and multimedia production.

Brother To Brother: Tending to the wounds of war: A powerful slideshow telling the story of the relationship between a soldier paralyzed from war and his brother who serves as his caretaker.


2 comments for “Multimedia: Audio Slideshows”

  1. Hi Jay,
    I have to create an audio slideshow (10 minutes) for the 8th grade graduation — last time I did one It took me over 100 hours (I did it in Iphoto) is there a faster way I like the Ken burns effect but if there was something else I might condsider using it — any thoughts??

    Posted by anne | May 15, 2009, 6:51 pm
  2. Anne,

    Soundslides, recommended above should make the process much faster. You can add the Ken Burns type effects. It is a bit more technically complex to assemble a slideshow in Soundslides instead of iPhoto since you need to first create the audio in a separate application (like GarageBand) then combine it with the photos in Soundslides.

    Here’s a tutorial to help get you started. http://www.prorgb.com/soundslides-video-tutorial

    Posted by Jay Kinghorn | May 18, 2009, 3:12 pm

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