Timing observation. Mark clearly talked about choosing the right timing for how long an image stays on screen—not an easy decision. You also have to consider the transition time and the type of transition you use. There were SO many options there. It appeared to me that some of the ‘fancier’ ones took longer to complete than the simple ones so that if you set the transition time too short for these they didn’t quite finish; it looked garbled and there wasn’t enough time for the image to be rendered clearly before it changed again. There’s a delicate balance of timing to consider.
Transitions opinion. There were comments about choosing transitions to fit the image subject matter as well as the target audience. I think this goes as well for sound effects and visual effects (yes the program has those!). You know what they say about 'too much of a good thing' and the adage 'less is more'. Varying transitions will keep the audience from nodding off but too many can be visually jarring and as Allison pointed out, unprofessional looking. My opinion; choose a transition style that has several options and cycle through them to give some consistency but also variety. Maybe throw in wild card once in a while to shake things up for fun. Or pick 4 or 5 ‘fun’ ones and cycle through them. Use things like pan and zoom to relieve repetition, but not for every slide. The ’stars’ of the show should be your images not a sampler of transitions.
What do you think?