Hesitated to post this....seems a bit like going to a Ferrari convention and asking for advise on what tires to put on your Yugo.
My daughter had a birthday recently, and at her school the kids are asked to bring some kind of "what I did this year" stuff when it is their birthday, usually pictures on a poster board. Mine wanted to do a slide show so I blew the digital dust off Premier elements and we made a project of it - she picked out the pictures (about 1/3 are of her skiing). Figured out how to do the Kens Burns type effect to give it a little motion and set it to music. I think it turned out fair. Sent copies on thumb drives to the grandparents and they loved it, (grandparents usually aren't too critical when their grandchildren are involved) and now I will be expected to repeat the process next year. I would like to improve on the results for next years efforts.
I'm not asking "which button do I push to achieve xxxx effect", rather I'm looking for more "artistic design" ideas or references regarding animating still shots. General things such as:
-How long should each photo be displayed? Should they all be displayed approx the same?
-Should zoom in pics be alternated with zoom out? Pan left balanced with right? Is there a best ratio for starting and ending size?
-Stick with a few transitions or vary them as much as possible?
-Pan/zoom speed? Should the pic come to a standstill for a few beats before the next transition or keep moving?
I know there won't be any cookie cutter answers to any of these questions but hoping I might find some ideas or pointers to references which might help this complete non-artist improve composition.