Time to put together some slide shows and share them with friends and family

We have taken a bunch of pictures, learned a bit about our camera’s [more to come!] and have taken those images and put them on our computers, and maybe even edited them some. So we have a gaggle of pictures on our computer. Now what?

It’s time to put together some slide shows and share them with friends and family. I remember as a child the times my grandfather would get out the slide projector with all those little square cardboard slides and we would place them into the carousel. Half the time they were upside down or sideways. We would tack up a sheet and spend a Saturday night watching ourselves grow up, pictures from a family vacation, or all sorts of things.

Welcome to the modern version of that. Your computer probably came with a program that will let you take your pictures and create a slide show with music, captions, narration, slide transitions and more. These can be put on Facebook, and YouTube with a single click, emailed, or saved to a DVD for your television. There are many options available.

If you are using a PC, you probably have a program already installed. However if you have a newer computer that came with Windows 10 operating system, you probably do not have this software. Fear not. It can still be downloaded from Microsoft, for free. It is a package called Windows Essentials.

From Wikipedia: Windows Essentials (formerly Windows Live Essentials and Windows Live Installer) is a discontinued suite of Microsoft freeware applications that includes e-mail, instant messaging, photo sharing, blogging, and parental control software. Essentials programs are designed to integrate well with each other, with Microsoft Windows, and with other Microsoft web-based services such as OneDrive and Outlook.com.