With the right mix of photos, videos, and music, you can preserve all the memories and inspire all of the emotions.
Begin with photo selection. Go in chronological order, and try to keep your selection below 100 photos. Going beyond 100 photos will make your slideshow too long to view in a single sitting.
Choose your graduation songs.
Nothing tugs at heartstrings like the right song coupled with the right photos, so spend some time picking the tunes you want to include. Some classic graduation slideshow songs include “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong, “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day, “Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson, “I Lived” by OneRepublic, and the 1999 classic “Graduation (Friends Forever)” by Vitamin C.
But those songs are just options. If you have other music in mind, songs that take you back to different times during your school years (and that feel appropriate for parents and younger siblings), go with those to personalize your video. It won’t be your slideshow unless it features your jam.
Add video clips to the mix.
A few seconds of video interspersed with photos can pique the viewer’s attention and add even more poignancy to the slideshow. Old videos can take us back in time even more effectively than old photos, so if you have clips from school events, performances, class presentations, or just you and your friends hanging out, use them. Don’t worry if some of your clips are vertical and some horizontal. You can adjust the aspect ratio as you edit your slideshow.