Using the Operating Systems File Management Tools to Import Images from a Camera

Your computer's operating system offers options to import images from the camera to the computer.

If you use the Windows platform, your computer probably came with an appropriate USB driver. Alternatively, you may have received a USB driver along with your camera (typically on a CD packaged with it). However, if you do not have the driver, you can usually find one to download on your camera manufacturer's website.

Figure 1.8

Windows (here Windows 7) offers a wizard to import images from a camera.

Figure 1.8

Windows (here Windows 7) offers a wizard to import images from a camera.

Once you have connected the camera to the computer via the USB port, the operating system will recognize it as a removable storage medium—an additional drive. Simply copy the entire folder by dragging and dropping it to your computer. Once you copy the images to your computer, the viewing, selecting, and editing options offered by your operating system will become available. After you have copied the images to your computer, you can delete them from your camera's memory card.

Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 provide a wizard to help you select images and assign file names as well as rotate and copy images. To use the wizard, you must install a special driver that functions as an image editing device particular to your camera. Special drivers are available for most camera models and will be downloaded automatically for Windows.

If you plug your camera into the USB port and your computer simply detects it as a removable storage medium, you can still use Computer or File Manager in Windows to select images or entire image folders and thus copy them onto your computer, as shown in the example in figure 1.9.

Figure 1.9

Windows detects the camera at the USB port as a removable storage device and shows it as a normal drive in Computer. As in a common file directory, you can view the folder contents and copy individual image files or the entire file contents onto your hard drive.

Figure 1.9

Windows detects the camera at the USB port as a removable storage device and shows it as a normal drive in Computer. As in a common file directory, you can view the folder contents and copy individual image files or the entire file contents onto your hard drive.

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Under Windows Me or XP, you can additionally use View > Movie in Windows Explorer to see a preview of your images, turn them right side up, or rotate them 90 degrees. Windows Photo Gallery in Windows Vista and Windows 7 combines the tasks of importing images and file management. You can view your pictures in different sizes. In Windows Vista or Windows 7, you can still use Computer or Photos to find your pictures.

However: The Quick View function of Windows supports commonly used file formats, including JPEG, GIF, PNG, and TIFF. Either the codecs for the cameras' own RAW formats are downloaded automatically by the operating system or you must download them from the manufacturer's website. The most common RAW codecs can be found on Microsoft's website. http://www.microsoft.com/prophoto/downloads/default.aspx.

Windows Digital Camera Import Wizard

Figure 1.10

The Windows 7 Photo Gallery with the option to start the Import Wizard. The Import Wizard opens automatically when a digital camera or card reader is attached.

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The Windows 7 Photo Gallery with the option to start the Import Wizard. The Import Wizard opens automatically when a digital camera or card reader is attached.

The Digikam and gPhoto programs support importing images under Linux. Even if these programs do not support your digital camera, you can load images directly from the memory card if you have a USB card reader. Linux normally uses USB-Storage to support the popular USB card readers when reading data from a camera's memory card. Instead of using a cable to connect your camera to your computer, simply insert the camera's memory card into the card reader and copy the data to your hard disk; the process is similar to that described for Windows.

You can find further information about these programs at the following locations: http://www.digikam.org http://www.gphoto.org

http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/Digital_Cameras_And_Linux http://www.gagme.com/greg/linux/usbcamera.php

The Photo Gallery is part of Windows Vista (Home Premium and Ultimate). For Windows 7, it has to be downloaded and installed as part of the free programs in the Windows Live package. Under Windows Live, you can find free programs for your PC as well as some online Web services for e-mail, chat, and more. You can download the programs from http:// download.live.com/.

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  • Sophie
    How can i import photos if do not have cd drive on computer?
    7 years ago

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