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Drupal 7: Views Slideshow - Passing a default image

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This tutorial will explain how to pass a default image to View Slideshow based on taxonomy or content type. It's in response to the post Views Slide Show - Need help with a strategy

Here is an export of the View to get you started:

$view = new view;
$view->name = 'slideshow';
$view->description = 'Every View wants a description!';
$view->tag = 'default';
$view->base_table = 'node';
$view->human_name = 'Slideshow';
$view->core = 7;
$view->api_version = '3.0';
$view->disabled = FALSE; /* Edit this to true to make a default view disabled initially */

/* Display: Master */
$handler = $view->new_display('default', 'Master', 'default');
$handler->display->display_options['access']['type'] = 'perm';
$handler->display->display_options['cache']['type'] = 'none';
$handler->display->display_options['query']['type'] = 'views_query';
$handler->display->display_options['query']['options']['query_comment'] = FALSE;
$handler->display->display_options['exposed_form']['type'] = 'basic';
$handler->display->display_options['pager']['type'] = 'full';
$handler->display->display_options['pager']['options']['items_per_page'] = '10';
$handler->display->display_options['style_plugin'] = 'slideshow';
$handler->display->display_options['style_options']['slideshow_type'] = 'views_slideshow_cycle';
$handler->display->display_options['style_options']['slideshow_skin'] = 'default';
$handler->display->display_options['style_options']['skin_info'] = array(
  'class' => 'default',
  'name' => 'Default',
  'module' => 'views_slideshow',
  'path' => '',
  'stylesheets' => array(),
);
$handler->display->display_options['style_options']['widgets']['top']['views_slideshow_pager']['weight'] = '1';
$handler->display->display_options['style_options']['widgets']['top']['views_slideshow_pager']['type'] = 'views_slideshow_pager_fields';
$handler->display->display_options['style_options']['widgets']['top']['views_slideshow_pager']['views_slideshow_pager_fields_fields'] = array(
  'title' => 0,
  'field_image' => 0,
);
$handler->display->display_options['style_options']['widgets']['top']['views_slideshow_controls']['weight'] = '1';
$handler->display->display_options['style_options']['widgets']['top']['views_slideshow_controls']['type'] = 'views_slideshow_controls_text';
$handler->display->display_options['style_options']['widgets']['top']['views_slideshow_slide_counter']['weight'] = '1';
$handler->display->display_options['style_options']['widgets']['bottom']['views_slideshow_pager']['weight'] = '1';
$handler->display->display_options['style_options']['widgets']['bottom']['views_slideshow_pager']['type'] = 'views_slideshow_pager_fields';
$handler->display->display_options['style_options']['widgets']['bottom']['views_slideshow_pager']['views_slideshow_pager_fields_fields'] = array(
  'title' => 0,
  'field_image' => 0,
);
$handler->display->display_options['style_options']['widgets']['bottom']['views_slideshow_controls']['weight'] = '1';
$handler->display->display_options['style_options']['widgets']['bottom']['views_slideshow_controls']['type'] = 'views_slideshow_controls_text';
$handler->display->display_options['style_options']['widgets']['bottom']['views_slideshow_slide_counter']['weight'] = '1';
$handler->display->display_options['style_options']['views_slideshow_cycle']['timeout'] = '5000';
$handler->display->display_options['style_options']['views_slideshow_cycle']['speed'] = '700';
$handler->display->display_options['style_options']['views_slideshow_cycle']['delay'] = '0';
$handler->display->display_options['style_options']['views_slideshow_cycle']['start_paused'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['style_options']['views_slideshow_cycle']['remember_slide_days'] = '1';
$handler->display->display_options['style_options']['views_slideshow_cycle']['items_per_slide'] = '1';
$handler->display->display_options['style_options']['views_slideshow_cycle']['wait_for_image_load_timeout'] = '3000';
$handler->display->display_options['style_options']['views_slideshow_cycle']['cleartype'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['style_options']['views_slideshow_cycle']['cleartypenobg'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['row_plugin'] = 'fields';
$handler->display->display_options['row_options']['hide_empty'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['row_options']['default_field_elements'] = 1;
/* Field: Content: Color */
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_color']['id'] = 'field_color';
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_color']['table'] = 'field_data_field_color';
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_color']['field'] = 'field_color';
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_color']['label'] = '';
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_color']['exclude'] = TRUE;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_color']['alter']['alter_text'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_color']['alter']['make_link'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_color']['alter']['absolute'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_color']['alter']['external'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_color']['alter']['replace_spaces'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_color']['alter']['trim_whitespace'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_color']['alter']['nl2br'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_color']['alter']['word_boundary'] = 1;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_color']['alter']['ellipsis'] = 1;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_color']['alter']['strip_tags'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_color']['alter']['trim'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_color']['alter']['html'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_color']['element_label_colon'] = FALSE;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_color']['element_default_classes'] = 1;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_color']['hide_empty'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_color']['empty_zero'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_color']['hide_alter_empty'] = 1;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_color']['type'] = 'taxonomy_term_reference_plain';
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_color']['field_api_classes'] = 0;
/* Field: Content: Image */
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_image']['id'] = 'field_image';
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_image']['table'] = 'field_data_field_image';
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_image']['field'] = 'field_image';
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_image']['label'] = '';
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_image']['alter']['alter_text'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_image']['alter']['make_link'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_image']['alter']['absolute'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_image']['alter']['external'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_image']['alter']['replace_spaces'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_image']['alter']['trim_whitespace'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_image']['alter']['nl2br'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_image']['alter']['word_boundary'] = 1;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_image']['alter']['ellipsis'] = 1;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_image']['alter']['strip_tags'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_image']['alter']['trim'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_image']['alter']['html'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_image']['element_class'] = '[field_color]';
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_image']['element_label_colon'] = FALSE;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_image']['element_default_classes'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_image']['hide_empty'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_image']['empty_zero'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_image']['hide_alter_empty'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_image']['click_sort_column'] = 'fid';
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_image']['settings'] = array(
  'image_style' => '',
  'image_link' => '',
);
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['field_image']['field_api_classes'] = 0;
/* Field: Content: Title */
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['title']['id'] = 'title';
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['title']['table'] = 'node';
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['title']['field'] = 'title';
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['title']['label'] = '';
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['title']['alter']['alter_text'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['title']['alter']['make_link'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['title']['alter']['absolute'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['title']['alter']['external'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['title']['alter']['replace_spaces'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['title']['alter']['trim_whitespace'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['title']['alter']['nl2br'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['title']['alter']['word_boundary'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['title']['alter']['ellipsis'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['title']['alter']['strip_tags'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['title']['alter']['trim'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['title']['alter']['html'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['title']['element_type'] = 'h2';
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['title']['element_label_colon'] = FALSE;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['title']['element_default_classes'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['title']['hide_empty'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['title']['empty_zero'] = 0;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['title']['hide_alter_empty'] = 1;
$handler->display->display_options['fields']['title']['link_to_node'] = 1;
/* Sort criterion: Content: Post date */
$handler->display->display_options['sorts']['created']['id'] = 'created';
$handler->display->display_options['sorts']['created']['table'] = 'node';
$handler->display->display_options['sorts']['created']['field'] = 'created';
$handler->display->display_options['sorts']['created']['order'] = 'DESC';
/* Filter criterion: Content: Published */
$handler->display->display_options['filters']['status']['id'] = 'status';
$handler->display->display_options['filters']['status']['table'] = 'node';
$handler->display->display_options['filters']['status']['field'] = 'status';
$handler->display->display_options['filters']['status']['value'] = 1;
$handler->display->display_options['filters']['status']['group'] = 1;
$handler->display->display_options['filters']['status']['expose']['operator'] = FALSE;

/* Display: Page */
$handler = $view->new_display('page', 'Page', 'page');
$handler->display->display_options['path'] = 'slideshow';

Hope this helps!