Importing Images to your Computer

The first step to digital imaging (other than what you've done to create the images in your camera), is to transfer your digital images from the camera to your computer. This process usually involves connecting the camera via a USB cable to the computer and then letting to OS recognize and configure the camera as a "device with removable storage". Another method is to use a USB memory card reader.  This will allow you to remove the card from the camera and put it directly into your computer.  This can sometimes avoid the unnecessary hassle of installing camera drivers etc.

Once this is done (and it will generally be done automatically by the computer when you first connect your camera), the next step is to choose a means to transfer your images to the computer. Windows XP will often automatically prompt you when you connect a camera or other device, and ask you what you'd like to do with the devce (such as manage images etc.). Following the "wizard" for managing photos is one good way to transfer your images to your computer.

Another way is to simply treat the camera as a "removable disk" like your flash drive, and access it from the My Computer area. You can open the "drive" and you should see a folder called DCIM which likely stands for Digital Camera Images. Inside of this folder, should be other folders that contain your images. You can simply select and copy (or cut) the images you want to transfer to your computer. Then, exit out or switch to the desktop. Create a new folder and paste your images into it.

Another way involves the use of various software applications which help you organize and use your images, as well as transfer them easily. One of these is Google's Picassa, a free digital imaging program that is amazingly useful.

Still another way, is to use Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 which has built into it a very powerful image organizing tool.

Adobe Photo Downloader

  1. If the application does not automatically start, choose from within the organizer: file>Get Photos, then choose Camera or Card Reader
  2. Choose Source (Card reader)
  3. Choose the network drive (my documents>My pictures folder) as your destination
  4. Make sure that the operation will not delete your original files