The Difference between a Basic and a Professional Slideshow

These days everyone is creating a video presentation to play at their family celebration or special function.

I think it is a great way to celebrate your life or a love ones journey to achievement.

But often I’m asked this question.

What is the difference in creating a basic slideshow and a professional slideshow?

Let’s go into this deeper to understand the dynamics.

Basic Slideshow

  • A basic slideshow is so easy to create on your own and depending on the number of photo you use can be done is less than an hour;
  • Any slideshow software gives you the option of using a wizard to create either random effects or a simple zoom in or out effect;
  • All you do is drag your photos and drop it in either a random order or arrange as to how you want to see it and use music for the background;
  • The result is a simple basic slideshow created;
  • The cost of this if you do it yourself is free or if you engage someone to do it for you is an estimate of $80 t0 $200 depending on the number of photos.

Professional Slideshow

  • Care is taken in synchronizing organised photos to a chosen selection of music to give it meaning and tell a story;
  • Photos are placed on a story board and worked individually to create collages and motion effects are added to give it a flow and create an atmosphere to relive the memory of how it felt in that moment;
  • Special transitions give rise to special achievements to bring attention to your story;
  • Menus are created to break the chapters in a series of events or if you have a large number of photos;
  • Text and messages can be added to include a personalised message in the video;
  • Video clips and short videos from your smartphones can be added and integrated into the multimedia presentation;
  • The result is a multimedia video presentation personally crafted to recreate an emotional experience to keep and remember;
  • The cost of a professional slideshow can range from $400 to $800 for 100 photos and videos to include editing;
  • In some instances, you can receive a personalised mini book or other complimentary gift.

Why Create a Slideshow

I recently created my mum’s life journey to celebrate her 80th Birthday. Wow … what a journey and what a well lived life!

What about a 21st Birthday celebration? Wouldn’t you like to remember those special growing years before your children start their own journey in life?

What about your Wedding? A big moment in time should always be captured and remembered.

It is not just about creating a life, its about remember those special moments during your life.

Whenever I look at my own photos and videos I realise those happy moment that bind me.

Your memories are what make you feel special because you created them. Remember you cannot turn back the clock but you can keep those memories alive.

The next time you feel stuck in your life, go and search for those special memories because it is in those moments when you will realise how precious your life is.


About Alison Laverty

Alison Laverty is a Singapore born Eurasian of Portuguese descent. Specialising in multimedia, Alison creates photo slideshows and video production for families and businesses. Her mission is to help people honour life by celebrating and recognising their achievements through photographic and video memories. Alison is currently writing her forthcoming book of memoirs "The Human Touch - A Story About Connections".