Use a J-cut! *(as described in my books)
Just put the talking head video on the Video 1 track.
Place your photos on Video 2, above the talking head video, as needed for cutaways.
You can do lots of interesting things to the photos -- add pans & zooms rather than just use a static image, add transitions between them, etc.
Meantime, don't forget to resize your photos to no larger than 1000x750 pixels for best performance!
Steve, yes I am ordering the book tonight! I know I should know what a J cut is, but i don"t. Do you mind splaining? (I know what an L cut is)
Thanks as always.
What he is describing really isn't a J cut. A J cut is audio before video the same way an L cut is video before audio. He is describing a B-roll track. If you have one track, say track one with an interview or a talking head, you then put the cutaways or photos on a track above the talking head. The visual on the highest track is what will be visible. You just arrange the visuals on the top track to match the talking head. When you want to see the talking head, don't put anything on the top track.
Oops! You're right, Keith. It is an L-cut, not a J-cut.
Sometimes I have trouble keeping track of which is my right and which is my left hand!