Slideshows take awhile to edit, especially when the topic is fairly broad. Last week when I photographed wrestlers at Perry High School for an nDepth project, the story idea behind Matt Patterson’s topic as he described it was “The History of Wrestling in Perry.” At the end of last Wednesday, I had 1,114 images and 9 interviews saved on my memory cards. That’s a lot more than if the story had been a bit narrower, like this one for example. For that one I had one interview and less than a hundred pictures.
To edit down from 1,114 I thought about how the quotes would form the story. I listened to the interviews and got an idea of the direction the interviews would take me, sorted through the images, and tagged the ones that I liked. That left me with 115 images. I sorted through those, looking for images that were redundant, picking out the ones that really helped move the story along. That third round of editing got me down to sixty images. After I got the sound edited and exported, I fit the sound and the pictures together, and did one last round of cutting pictures. The final slideshow about wrestlers in Perry features 34 photographs and parts of all 9 interviews. Take a look at the nDepth page too.