John Freeman teaching audio slideshows in Berlin, Part 2

Photographer and educator John Freeman teaches an annual study abroad multimedia program in Berlin for the University of Florida. Soundslides is an important part of the program, as students need to quickly produce a project they can share during the workshop. The students often gather together in their hotel late at night to edit their audio slideshows.

Freeman describes a couple of guidelines he thinks greatly improve the student’s success with the software.

“When teaching Soundslides, I have really strict guidelines that help to make the projects look really good,” he says. “One is, the students have to use all horizontals photos. They can’t use verticals or squares, so there’s no black space on either side of the image. I tell them it’s like they’re making a movie; they must use only horizontals.”

Also, they must work to get a variety of audio recordings. “In addition to the music or dialogue, they must record additional natural or ambient sound for use in the background.”

In addition, he uses Soundslides projects made in previous program years to show the new students what is possible during their two-week stay in Berlin.

In this project about the Berlin street musician Eric Ainemis, Freeman shows how the student added texture to the photo narrative by quick-sequencing related images taken at pavement level.

Check out more student Soundslides projects from Berlin 2012.

Stay tuned for more from John Freeman in our next blog post.

— Interview and story by Laura Read


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