Photostory is one of Microsoft's best kept secrets. This free software package is on your CD or, you can download it fromMicrosoft. Using Photostory, you can create slideshows using your digital photos. With a single click, you can touch-up, crop, or rotate pictures, remove red-eye, add stunning special effects, soundtracks, and your own voice narration to your photo stories. Then, you can personalize them with titles and captions. Small file sizes make it easy to send your photo stories in an e-mail or watch them on your TV, a computer, or a Windows Mobile–based portable device.
This tutorial will help you to recreate the story entitled "Remember the Ladies." If you are working in the LRC, the files you will need are located on the hard drive of your computer (or if you are attending a workshop, these images are also on the CD you received if you want to practice more later). On your computer, they are in the following folder: \Desktop\digital storytelling\suffrageimages. On the CD, look in samples\suffrage\suffrageimages. If you are working on this tutorial from off-campus, you can download a zip file of all the images needed to practice.

  1. Create a New Project
  2. Import and arrange your images
  3. Edit your photos
  4. Remove black borders
  5. Add titles and effects
  6. Customize motion
  7. Add narration
  8. Add music
  9. Save your project
  10. Export your project
    Burn your movie to a CD
Before we begin, let's take a look at what we're shooting for. Watch the video "Remember the Ladies." (Warning: I recommend viewing this video in Internet Explorer. It seems that Firefox has some issues with .wmv files). Please be patient; this takes a while to download if you are not using a T1 connection (4.82 MB). If you are using a dial-up connection (ex: AOL), don't even try--you'll grow old and gray waiting for it.