How to Turn Your Travel Photos into Beautiful Slideshows

When we return home from a new travel, our phones and cameras are usually fulfilled with photos. These photos are a good way to keep the happy moments which we can further share with our friends and relatives.

When we do this, we have two options: show all the photos in a row or turn them into a stylish photo slideshow. For me, the second option seems to be more convenient as I often share my photos on social media channels. Plus, in a slideshow it is always possible to add a background music track to double the emotions from watching it.

Here are numerous tools which help create beautiful slideshows with dozens of editing options. However, most of them are either paid or too complicated to use. I have recently discovered a free simple tool which lets create photo slideshows in video format fast and easily. This is Freemake Video Converter, you can get it here.  Follow the tutorial below to learn how to use it to make a slideshow out of your travel photos.

Things you will need:

  • a Windows-based PC;
  • your travel photos;
  • a track for background.

Step 1. Install Freemake Video Converter

Download the tool from the official website. Follow the installation wizard to set it up onto your PC. Please note that the app works only under Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10. For Windows XP, you will need to ask for a special build from Freemake support team.

Once it is installed, launch the program.

Step 2. Add your photos

I usually sort out and organize the best photos from which I want to make a slideshow into a separate folder. The quantity depends. Sometimes I did slideshows out of 100 images. If you need to edit your photos before turning them into a slideshow, you may use these free image editors.

In Freemake Video Converter find the blue “+Photo” button and click it to add all the pictures from the folder for your photo slideshow. The software accepts a wide range of image formats: BMP, JPG,GIF, PNG, TIF, etc. The full list is available on the software homepage.

freemake video converter


Step 2. Organize photos in the needed way

Open your slideshow with a double click on it in the main software window. You’ll open the slideshow editing window. Here may define the parameters and preview the slideshow. Click the button “Edit slideshow”.

organize photos freemake

Here you will be able to put your photos into the right order (just drag and drop the photos within the window), add new pictures, delete the unnecessary ones or shuffle the photos in random order.

By default, the tool sorts the photos as they come from the original folder. The first image of a slideshow will become the video thumbnail.

freemake collection photos

You may set the so-called “Panorama” effect for your photos by clicking the respective button on the left of the “Edit slideshow” one.

Step 3. Add background music

In the same window, find the “Audio track” line. Click it and add the music that will accompany your slideshow. If you don’t have one, download it with Freemake YouTube to MP3 Boom.

Now you need to set the interval for your photos. I recommend you set at least “5 seconds” for a normal slideshow speed.

freemake slideshow

Here in the editor, you may preview the whole slideshow to make sure the interval fits the music. Don’t forget to click “OK” to save the changes.

Step 4. Turn the slideshow into video

The last step is to choose a video format for your future slideshow. The options are the following: AVI, MP4, MPEG, MKV, WMV, 3GP, DVD, FLV, SWF. I recommend you to choose MP4, it’s a universal video format for a PC, web and gadgets.

Select the needed video format in the software main window. Leave the default video parameters with the preset “Same as source” or adjust them (e.g., video bitrate or codecs). Click the “Convert” button the start the process.

freemake slideshow video

There is also an option to upload the slideshow straight to YouTube from Freemake Video Converter. For this, you need to add your YouTube account details into the software.

A friend of mine loves burning slideshows to DVD. Freemake Video Converter also provides such an output option.

Wait a bit, and the slideshow is ready! Here is an example:

There is a hack if you want to add some comments to your slideshow. Just write them in Paint or any other picture editor and save as separate images. Then insert the files with the comments between your photos.

All in all, Freemake Video Converter is a splendid tool for creating fast video slideshows from your travel photos. I tried many and can say this with full confidence.

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