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Talking Photo Story


Digital Storytelling with Photoshop by A Mirtschin

Making a Photo Story

So, I am to tell everyone the details of how I made a video about Pye and Skye using Photo Story

We can start with the download, which was quick and smooth, installing properly the first time.  No fancy steps, no interminable ‘I-can’t-do-a-thing’ wait for the download to finish.  Just click here, and there and watch it go zooming to your hard drive.  I went from starting the download to playing with the programme in less than a half hour.  

The instructions were simple and very easy to follow, so much so, that I didn’t really use the instructions!!  I just followed the prompts and  before I knew it I was arranging the images in the order I wanted them.

That is where the programme became a tad limited; the red-eye remover didn’t seem to do a thing, and the crop tool had a preset that severely limited its usefulness.  I scrapped the whole project and went back to the very beginning; I chose the images I wanted to use and edited them in Paint Shop Pro XI, edited them for colour, size, balances, and red eye with PSP XI’s delightful range of tools.

Once those images were how I wanted them, I went back to Photo Story, uploaded the edited images, and then arranged them in an order that made sense to me.

Then is where Photo Story really began to shine!!  The upload and arrange tools in Photo Story are easy to use, fast, and fun; once they were arranged they went through a second edit-crop, colour balance, and colour enhance.  These worked well with the images that had been pre-edited through PSP XI.

The next step is choosing what captions you want on each image, what colour you want it in and what font, as well as how many points you want it, from 8 to 36 points if I remember correctly.  I was very pleased to find that these steps were for each individual image.  I didn’t have to have the same colour, font or size if I didn’t want them to be completely homogenous, I could also choose where the caption should be placed on the image.

Photo Shop is great in that you can get previews of every single image before and after every single edit!  You know before you hit the save button that it will look the way you want it to.

After the captions you programme in display and transition times for every image individually, as well as choosing from a wide number of transition effects.  Again you can watch the transition between the present and following image before you save it.

And finally, the addition of music!!  I didn’t get as wild and woolly as I could have with the music, because I didn’t know how precise the music addition programme is.  You can edit the music for video in increments of 1/10th of a second!  Next time, however…hehehehehehhe!! 

Up until now you have not seen your video as a whole, not until you finalise your project into a .wmv file do you see the whole thing. 

What you have taken on faith to this point come to life , and you can’t help but feel a little… electrified when you watch your video through for the first time.

When I went to upload the video, I ran into one problem after another.  I use Fotki for my image hosting, and that will not accept uploads from the pc to Fotki, you have to upload your video somewhere else, then add that link to Fotki. 

I started a page on myspace.com, and uploaded the video there, then added the link to some e-mails and sent them out.  I plan to add a link to the video on my blog, and Fotki.  I feel rather spider-ish, building a web of works in virtuality.  I’ll have to remember that turn of phrase!!!!

I give Photo Story a 4 ½ of 5 pixels up for ease of use, download, and the quality of the finished product.  I will be using it again, as well as already recommending it to family for projects.

Gwen Myers

Kerrie's IT Class

Class Evaluation of Photostory

Java Photo Album


The free JAlbum Web photo album generator is incredibly versatile and flexible. It offers a number of ready-made 'skins' which define the album appearance, or you can create and customize your own layouts. New users can generate an album in three easy steps, and power users will appreciate the scripting capabilities, image filters, and integrated FTP. It's also multi-platform compatible and localized for several languages.

Photo Montage


Try out the Photo Montage tutorial.



Day 16

"The juxtaposition of two primary stimuli leads to a powerful secondary response" Sergei M. Eisenstein.

Photo Stories, Videos and Slide Shows


Picture Trail provides so many options for blogmeisters who are wanting to add a bit of variety to their pages and attract readers with bright flashing things.



Viddler is a fresh, creative web application that lets you upload, enhance, and share digital video quickly and easily inside your web browser.

Behind all the technical mumbo-jumbo, Viddler really has three goals:

1) Sharing your story

Got a camera and some friends? Go have fun, and put the result on Viddler. Want some exposure for the movie you made at film school? Put it on Viddler—it gives you the opportunity to reach out to thousands of viewers online.

2) Making search results relevant

Since Viddler searches inside the content of videos, our users have a lot of flexibility when it comes to finding new material to watch. Search for any object, person, or place and the results will be staring you in the face with exactly what you wanted.

3) Bringing users together

Social networking is a big part of Viddler. Users can make friends and send messages to each other, but what really allows people to get their voice heard is timed commenting, which lets them discuss specific moments in a video, rather than just talking about the video as a whole.

Teacher Tube


The enhanced podcasts on eJourney with Technology shows what grade 6 students (12 year olds) can achieve when given the opportunity to design their own script and apply their knowledge gained on volcanoes and our local volcanic region. Students were responsible for developing their own scripts and the photos used were primarily taken on a school excursion to Mt Rouse.

Mt Rouse is a volcano in Penshurst, country Western Victoria, Australia and the region has applied for geopark status recently. We hope that this will help encourage tourism to our region.

Middle P Stories is the online collection of some of the stories written by the grade 3-4 students of Middle P at Bellaire Primary School in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. The students first wrote these stories in their draft writing books before using Microsoft Publisher to make them into reproducible books. After the students drew the illustrations, the books were photocopied using a photocopier that can make double side, or duplex copies. (You might like to download a tutorial that tells how we used Publisher.)

The children then coloured the stories before scanning them. After cropping and manipulating the images with Irfanview, the students then imported the pictures into Microsoft Photo Story 3 before adding transitions and recording the narration.

Using Photo Programs at Hawkesdale

slide show

Having only started with web 2.0 over the last 5 months, I am really amazed at what a great resource it is for learning and teaching. A new enthausiasm has returned to both classroom teaching and the students themselves.

Students have really taken to blogging. They love going home at night, taking photos with their digital cameras, returning to school the next day and endless patience can be witnessed with the relatively tedious task of resizing their photos and renaming them. In our school we have downloaded irfanview. This is a freeware program that is just wonderful for editing images and so easy to use. It will allow you to change the brightness and contrast, alter images completely, add titles, create panoramic shots for headers etc and most importantly, rename and resize photos. …….. And lots more.

Students need to be familiar with the needs of audiences and the various outputs that their photos might need to take. Any work on the internet, really needs to be downsized considerably to allow minimum download time. As some of our work is still used for printing, photos are still taken in high resolution form and bmp files. However, students need to rename files to jpg (or gif or tif) when using it in their blogs etc.

Photos can be stored at flikr or photobucket but some of these websites are now blocked at school. Storage space on our file server is now at a premium as more videos, photos, movies etc are being taken, manipulated and worked into digital content.

Online slideshows can add extra pizazz as well. We like Slide Show as it is an online slideshow presentation that allows images, transitions and music in the final output. Images still speak a 1000 words and students with lower literacy skills can always say what they would like through images and some text. Smile Box is a download that looks really interesting and I am about to try that one with my classes. Slide Share lso appears to have value.

Students still really enjoy working with MS Photostory as it is so easy to use, quick to complete and gives them lots of options for motion plus music clips that can be used. These can be saved in email format and then uploaded to an online video website eg teacher tube and then either a link posted or code used to embed on their blog. I am also going to look into animoto. Our students are encouraged to create their own music using Acid 6.0 to avoid all copyright problems. Animoto allows the photos inserted to take on the beat of the music and seems to produce eyecacthing videos that look really professional.

by Anne Mirtschin