Create A Cool Travel Slideshow In iPhoto ’11 [Mac]

Bakari Chavanu 18-01-2012

create a travel slideshowFor iPhoto users who have travel photos taken in different places throughout the country or world, iPhoto offers a pretty cool slideshow theme that is relatively easy to put together, depending on how well you have managed your iPhoto library. It even includes a great piece of stock background music if you don’t have anything better to use.


The Places theme for slideshows works best if you have traveled several different places and if your travel photos have been labeled by location. The latest versions of the iPhone and some other contemporary cameras now include a geotagging feature that embeds location coordinates for each of the photos you take.

Pro image applications like Aperture will show you the geotag info, which consists latitude, longitude, etc.

create a travel slideshow

But luckily iPhoto will translate that info into a recognizable name like Coney Island, London, or Islands of Adventure. But even if your travel photos are not tagged, you can manually label them using iPhoto’s Places feature.

Labeling Photos

When you select a photo and then click on the Info button in the iPhoto menu bar, the Places tool will show geotag info for that photo. If your photos are not geotagged, you can simply select a collection of travel photos and add the information yourself, similar to how you add keywords to your images.


make a travel slideshow

As you type the location name, iPhoto will list possible locations to choose from. It may even list popular resorts or tourist spots. After all your travel photos are labeled, you can click on Places in the Albums panel, and you will get a map with red pens dropped on places you have taken photos.

make a travel slideshow

Organizing Travel Photos

If you have organized your travel photos into regular or smart albums, all need to do is create a new album, name it the title you want your slideshow to be (such as “Where We’ve Been”) and add to it selections from your travel photos. Sort the collected photos by date so that they are kept together in the album.


make a travel slideshow

Create Slideshow

Now with your travel album selected, click the Create button in the toolbar and select Slideshow. iPhoto will set up a separate folder of your selected photos. Next, click the Themes button and select the Places theme.

travel slideshow maker

iPhoto will process your photos and create location titles for each set of your travel photos. A titles effect will appear on a moving map, with the first photo of each section representing the location.


travel slideshow maker

If the titles are not to your liking, no problem, you can actually edit them, and be specific as you like about the location. As with other slideshow themes, you can also move photos around and delete the ones that don’t fit. You can also go back to your travel photo albums and add more images to the slideshow folder. If your images are dated correctly, iPhoto should place added photos in the appropriate section. If not, simply move them to where they’re supposed to be.

travel slideshow maker

If you don’t like the default theme music for your slideshow, simply change it. You can adjust other settings for your slideshow. However, the Places theme does not show all your photos one at a time. This theme will present 1-4 photos at time. You don’t have much control over this, except for the order they appear.


The Presentation

When you click the Play button, iPhoto presents graphic travel effect that moves across the map to the places where you took photos. As with other slideshows, you can export your project to show it off on a website, your mobile device, or big screen TV.

create a travel slideshow

Let us know what you think of this slideshow project, and similar ones you’ve used. For other ideas about iPhoto, check out our articles here.

Related topics: Geotagging, Image Editor, iPhoto, Photo Album, Photography, Presentations, Travel.

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  1. Julissa
    September 8, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    This system is super easy to learn and can save you hours and ours
    once you have loaded in tthe initial form. Photo tagging enaboes mom and
    dad and students to add their unique pictures to your iphoto recovery.

    iphoto library windows
    This system is super easy to leazrn and can sawve you hours andd hours once you have loaded in the initial form.
    Photo tagging enables mom and dad and students to aadd their unique pictures to your iphoto

  2. Sam Del
    June 7, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Hi there,

    We know that it is very difficult to geotag online flickr photos.

    Here you can find a new tool to easily geotag your photos : Geoslidehow.

    1. We detect the non geotagged photos:

    2. You simply drag and drop the photos on a map:

    3. You link your Flickr account:

    Et voila! Your photos are now geotagged!!

    Let us know what you think :)

    • Tina
      June 13, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      Thank you for sharing, Sam!