Transfer Your Photos From Camera to Computer

Posted by admin on Aug 12, 2010 in Digital Pictures Tutorials

There are several way to transfer your precious pictures from your digital camera to the computer.

  1. Connecting Your Camera to The Computer

    One way to get images off your camera’s memory card is to plug the camera into the computer. Most cameras today come with a Universal Serial Bus (USB) connector. All you need is a cable and a USB port on your computer, and you are ready to connect.

    • Plug one end of the cable into the camera, the other into the computer. Once both the camera and computer have been turned on, the camera should appear as one of the hard drives on your computer.

      If you are using a PC, you can browse your computer drives, and one of the drives should represent your camera. Some versions of Windows automatically detect that a camera has been attached, and ask you what you’d like to do with the photographic files.

      If you are using a Mac, the camera should just appear as an icon on the desktop.

    • Once your computer recognizes the camera, all you have to do is copy the files stored on the camera card into a folder on your hard drive. You can do this process manually, or you can use a computer program to assist you. Some programs that help you organize your photos are set up to automatically copy files every time the camera is connected.
  2. Memory Card Readers

    Connecting your camera to your computer is a good way of copying and deleting files off the memory card. But there is an easier way.

    If you are willing to make a small additional investment, you can purchase a memory card reader. These card readers are permanently attached to your computer. When you want to transfer your digital photographs from card to computer, you just have to take the card out of the camera and insert it into the memory card reader.

    Copying files off of the card reader works exactly the same as if you had connected the camera directly to the computer.

    Once you’re done transferring files, just remove the card from the card reader and pop it back into your camera.

Why Use Memory Card Reader?

  • No plugging and unplugging

    Every time you attach your digital camera to your computer, you have to plug it in with a USB cable. When you want to take photos again, you have to unplug the camera. While this may not seem like a big deal, it can quickly become tedious.

    • Compatible with different computers

      When you plug your camera into your computer, sometimes you have to install special software drivers either from a CD or Internet download to get the two to communicate with each other.

      Memory card readers tend to be simpler. They don’t require special software to be recognized. A lot of them are designed to work right after they’ve been plugged in.

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