If you are someone who’s blessed with talents and skills in creating a story out of photos or videos, then you can certainly make slideshows for profit and be successful at it.
We all know what YouTube is, right? In fact, whenever we hear the word, we automatically relate it to videos, which is actually right because YouTube is a platform where you can upload and download videos created by different people.
Although YouTube has dramatically become very popular in recent years, one thing’s for sure – it is not the only way you can make a profit from videos.
In an article published by Entrepreneur.com, it says:
“Nowadays, even the most casual content creators are able to earn money from views on the videos they share. Contrary to popular belief, making money on digital content doesn’t necessarily require you to devote countless hours to building an audience through vlogging or developing an online “personality.” Social media users and everyday consumers can make a significant amount of money, all by realizing the value of the content they already create and share online with their friends and family.”
These days, YouTube is not the only platform where you can make money from videos. In fact, you don’t necessarily have to create the traditional videos you see to make a profit. Even slideshows from parties and events can make you earn.
Thanks to digital technology and the internet, people like us do have several options. We can now choose from the many platforms available particularly for slideshows, and make money from it!
Needless to say, you do not have to be a pro in creating a photo or video slideshow. You just have to learn the basic and you’re good to go.
But apart from the online world, you can make slideshows for profit through parties and events, too, which is the main point of our discussion today.
You can create a slideshow for anniversaries, corporate events, birthdays, graduations, weddings, family reunions, and any other life milestones you can think about.
You can make your services available not only to your family and friends but people beyond your closest circle. Mind you, there are a lot of events organizers who are looking for slideshow creators out there.
Okay, so, so much has been said. But as stated in the title, today, we are going to share with you important details you need to know on how to make amazing slideshows for profit.
In particular, we are going to talk about the following:
- What is a slideshow?
- What makes a good slideshow?
- How to make a powerful slideshow?
- How to package a slideshow?
- How much to charge for a slideshow?
WHAT IS A SLIDESHOW?
First of all, before we even talk about making a profit out of your video slideshows, it is just right that we define what a slideshow is all about.
One thing that you have to know and understand is that there is a difference between a photo slideshow and a video slideshow.
A photo slideshow obviously refers to a series of images in a prearranged sequence. Meanwhile, a video slideshow refers to a series of videos in a prearranged sequence. However, in some cases, a slideshow may be a combination of both photos and videos.
Either way, a slideshow may either be automatic or may be manually controlled by the presenter. Also, a slideshow is usually used to tell a story or share memories with the audience.
Contrary to typical slideshows (like that of PowerPoints), a photo or video slideshow has a music element. Some may also include texts, transitions, etc. It includes several elements to be able to come up with a powerful creation.
While a typical slideshow presentation is done using PowerPoint. As for a photo or video slideshow intended for business, the creator uses a particular slideshow software that is available out there.
What’s nice about particularly using a software program that is specifically designed for slideshows is that you can use a wide variety of effects, transitions, captions, and music rather quickly and easily.
A bit confused?
Well, to put simply, a typical slideshow is usually used in corporate presentations or workshops and training sessions. Meanwhile, a photo or video slideshow is normally presented during parties and events to present certain life milestones such as birthdays, weddings, baptism, anniversaries, etc.
Before moving on, we just want to share the video below by Wondershare Filmora Video Editor. It basically shares a few tips on how to make an impressive photo slideshow (later on, we are going to share with you our very own tips in making a powerful slideshow), which we thought is very important especially among beginners.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD SLIDESHOW?
When creating photos or video slideshows for profit, you have to make certain considerations in mind. These considerations are essential to be able to do the job correctly.
To be able to make a good quality photo or video slideshow, you have to have the following:
- Slideshow Software
- Scanning and Transfering Platform
- High-Quality DVDs/USBs
Now, allow us to explain why each of these items is important if you want to make photo or video slideshows for profit:
If you are seriously considering making money by making photo or video slideshows, then you have to choose and invest in a really good slideshow software.
Choosing the right slideshow software to put everything together to come up with excellent video creation is very important for this business or job.
There are a lot of wonderful slideshow software out there. Some of them are:
- Photopia – Photopia tags itself as “the next generation of slideshow software”. More so, it promises to take “slideshow creation to all new heights”. This particular software was designed using the many ideas that Photodex had developed for the next generation of ProShow. The software is available for both Windows and Mac users.
By the way, you can choose from either Photopia Director or Photopia Creator, whichever is more applicable to your needs. Photopia Director costs $24.95 a month or $249.95 a year while Photopia Creator costs $9.94 a month or $99.95 a year only.
- Animoto – Animoto provides “powerful features that make online video editing easy”. What’s nice about Animoto is that you don’t have to be a pro to be able to create something great, because the software has what it takes to help you come up with the best video slideshows possible.
Although Animoto has a free version, we highly recommend getting its Professional plan, which allows you to enjoy creating unlimited branded videos for your business. It costs $33 a month or $396 a year.
If you are thinking about using iMovie instead, well, you better think again. If you want to make a serious business out of making photo or video slideshows, you better invest in a professional product. You don’t want your work to suffer, do you?
Don’t worry, once you start making money from making slideshows, you will eventually earn back your investment.
Scanning and Transferring Platform
When making slideshows, you will certainly need to transfer or scan photos or videos from either your client or from the photos or videos you took.
In this case, you need to have a trusty device or platform that allows you to save as well as transfer images or videos anytime, anywhere without having to downsize them.
There are different ways for you to transfer and scan images.
While you can have your trusty hard drive, the best and most efficient way though is by transferring photos and videos via an online platform like Dropbox, WeTransfer, and other cloud-sharing platforms.
Most of these let you transfer for free. However, they’re quite limited only. So, the best way is to sign up for a plan to take full advantage of the platform.
When it comes to scanning photos, there are also several good quality scanners in the market to choose from. You don’t necessarily have to buy expensive ones right away. Inexpensive ones do the job just the same.
Inexpensive scanners these days range from #200 to $400 depending on the brand. By the way, there also scanners apps, but we’re not that quite satisfied with most of them. A real scanner is still the best choice.
Music plays an important role in creating a powerful slideshow. Without music, it will be very dull and boring.
The music you choose for a particular slideshow is almost as important as the images or videos you choose to include in it.
That said, make sure you have great music to play in the background as you tell a story through the slideshow.
Anyway, for sure you are familiar with copyright. These days, online video sharing sites are very careful with that.
So, if you or your client have plans to put the video online, make sure to use music that are high quality and royalty-free.
Some of the sites where you can find high quality and royalty-free music at a very reasonable price include:
Okay, you may find this crazy given the fact that we live in everything digital. But then again, let’s face it, while the online world can keep some of the work, we still need a physical backup.
Needless to say, clients need one to keep on their own.
So, having said that, you also need to invest in high-quality DVDs or USBs. While there are cheap options, we recommend getting the ones that are a little pricier. You don’t want to let down your clients — so your DVD or USB has to be of great quality to ensure that the files will not suffer or will not be lost over the course of time.
One brand that we would recommend when it comes to DVDs is MAM-A. It is the gold standard when it comes to long-term archival quality.
HOW TO MAKE A POWERFUL SLIDESHOW?
As a slideshow creator, the goal, as we have mentioned earlier, is to tell a powerful story through the visuals and the music accompanying it.
That being said, keep in mind the following tips on how you can come up with a powerful video slideshow:
1. Always think ahead.
When we talk about thinking ahead, we mean always be ready for whatever circumstances you may be in.
Your end goal is to present a powerful slideshow, and you can only do that if you have the right tools with you.
Also, thinking ahead means making the right decision on the tools that you will be using to ensure your presentation is flawless.
2. Keep it short and sweet.
Remember, you are not showing a movie. A slideshow is totally different from a movie.
A slideshow should only last for about 6 to 10 minutes. Anything longer than that will bore the audience, which is not part of the goal, right?
Ideally, it should only be composed of about 50 photos with about 3 to 5 seconds per photo. If using a video element, it depends entirely on the message you want to capture.
During this process, it is very important to choose only the photos or video clips that are amazingly good and relevant.
3. Remember, it has to create emotion.
There are slideshows that allow you to add animation, video clips, transitions, as well as text.
So, when crafting your video slideshow, make sure to pay attention to these extras instead of just focusing on the photos or videos.
There is available software that allows you to customize your work, while others, which we recommend, allow you to choose a template made by professional graphic designers and animators.
We recommend the latter to help you save time creating something from scratch.
4. Use an appropriate music.
Don’t use music just for the sake of using it. Make sure to take time to find a song that is appropriate not just to the slideshow but to the event itself.
5. Add a quote if necessary.
Adding a quote does not work for everything. So, make sure that you only use such (with the client’s approval, if possible) if you find it necessary to spice up the slideshow you created.
Again, thanks to the World Wide Web, it’s easy to find quotes that are appropriate to the occasion or to the video slideshow that you made.
Sites like Brainy Quotes is a perfect quotes resource.
Unless you are doing an on-the-day slideshow, make sure to show up early to the event and do a dry run. Play your slideshow a couple of times so you get to see if there are problems that need to be addressed prior to the actual showing.
You are showing it off to an audience, and the last thing you want is to encounter technical difficulties just because you did not test it ahead of time.
HOW TO PACKAGE A SLIDESHOW?
You want to make slideshows for profit? Then, take it seriously.
Level up your game!
Aside from creating powerful and amazing slideshows, you also need to think about the packaging of your video slideshows. How you present it to your client.
Yes, you also need to consider that!
You just don’t hand a DVD or a USB to your client as if it’s just a typical DVD or USB. You have to make them feel that it is of value – which actually is since inside it is a copy of the slideshow of the event or a life milestone that you covered. Thus, it is only right that you give it justice, right?
Remember this, polished packaging is a key to the business. In fact, it helps raise the perceived value of your products and services. So, make sure to do it right.
There are a lot of packaging ideas online that you can check as you create your own. However, the best idea would be to make it personal. It will sure be very appreciated by the client.
HOW MUCH TO CHARGE FOR A SLIDESHOW?
Of course, one of the important details you want to know is how much you can actually make from creating slideshows.
Technically speaking, the range varies depending on your target market. However, generally speaking, making a slideshow allows you to earn somewhere between $100 and $500 per production.
The rate depends on you. You can either charge one flat fee for a video slideshow, or you can charge on a per photo basis. Although, in most cases, slideshow creators prefer charging a flat fee per event category (e.g. wedding, corporate events, debut, birthdays, baptism, etc.).
Whichever you prefer in terms of pricing, just make sure that you have clear pricing laid out for your clients so they get a good idea of how much your products and services will cost them. You don’t want to get them guessing, right? That may just be a perfect way to lose a potential client.
Apart from the slideshow itself, you may also consider selling add-ons like custom DVD cases, additional DVD copies, etc.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON VIDEO SLIDESHOWS FOR PROFIT
There are certainly a lot of ways now to make use of your talents and skills. In this case, you can make a profit by making slideshows not only for online release but more so, as a business wherein you get to offer your service to different clients holding parties and events.
Slideshows do not only refer to PowerPoint presentations, but also in presenting life’s milestones in a video format.
It is nice knowing that today, opportunities have opened up for slideshow creators. In fact, they can now earn a living not just on a seasonal basis but on a regular basis by doing the work.
With the right tools, techniques, and the right attitude in running the business, one can certainly be successful in this venture.
Are you a slideshow creator? Does this open up your eyes to once unknown opportunities to make money out of what you do? Well, we hope so.