Since we started photographing weddings in 2005, our clients have always asked to see sneak peeks of their wedding day images at the reception. Unfortunately, in the “dark ages” of the prior decade, technology was a huge limiting factor.
In 2005, we used to show the images to our couples from the back of our cameras. Of course, you can imagine how efficient that is when you have to scroll through hundreds of images in search of the right image. In 2008, we started creating our wedding slideshows on a laptop. We then placed the laptop in a conspicuous place, such as a bar, at a couple’s table, or at a separate table for everyone to enjoy. The limitation with this option was that you couldn’t appreciate the images on a 17″ monitor from more than 6′ away. Then, only the people who physically happened to be around the area could see it. in 2010, we started bringing a projector and a 3’x5′ screen onto which we projected the slideshow directly from the laptop. Here again, the limitation was that unless the screen is placed in the right area, the guests or the couple may not see it simultaneously. Also, the slideshows on the laptop didn’t allow for any dynamic elements, such as video transitions, which made the slideshows boring.
Fast forward to 2012, and the technology has evolved enough to allow us to create an iPad slideshow and simulcast it wirelessly with our wireless-enabled projector and/or TV. This way, there are two slideshow feeds, which allow for greater appreciation of the wedding day by the couple and their guests. The typical slideshow feed involves about 100-150 images from several thousand images from the beginning of the day, including preparations, Ceremonies, and parts of the reception. We then process each image to ensure it looks perfect concerning white balance, contrast, and saturation and create a dynamic wedding day slideshow. Our latest slideshow looks like a video as the images pan and zoom and transitions seamlessly between slides.
On our October 26th wedding at Ault Park in Cincinnati, we fed the slideshow wirelessly to the large screen TV that DjCincy brought to the reception. Below is Rachel and David watching their slideshow at their table while…