Pictures from your digital camera to your computer
Before you go any further, you need to know the basics of
how your computer stores and organizes files.
This topic is not a “camera” topic, it’s a really
important part of understanding your computer. There are
several excellent explanations in your computer’s Windows
HELP files, and the Windows for Dummies book series
explains files very well.
computer, that beautiful picture you took is a file made up
of 0s and 1s. Before you can do anything with that picture,
you want to get that file onto the hard drive.
The process can be called
“uploading” or “downloading” but it’s really just a process
of copying the computer file(s) from your camera to
Copying pictures from camera
to computer using Windows XP
NOT USE THE SOFTWARE PACKAGED WITH YOUR CAMERA.
The easiest program to copy picture files from one place
to another came with your computer. It’s called “My
Turn off your camera and remove the memory card.
Insert the memory card in a card reader, either
one that’s built into the computer or a separate one.
open My Computer, click Start, and then click
The memory card shows up as a removable disk in “My
Left click on that removable disk to find a folder
called DCIM (Digital Camera IMages)
The files in that folder are your pictures, and their
names end in “jpg”
Copy those files by selecting them and copying them. The
keyboard shortcut (control-A) marks all the photos in a
folder and the keyboard shortcut (control-C) copies them
to the computer’s clipboard.
Navigate to the folder within “My Documents” named “My
Pictures” and paste (control-V) your photos into place.
Learn how to make new subfolders within the master
folder “My Pictures” so that it’s easier to find a photo
you want. I make up folders with names like “2007March”
and divide my photos by the month taken.
After you copy files or folders to the hard drive, it is
useful to view the hard drive to confirm that the files
not erase photos from your memory card until you are
positive you’ve saved them on the hard drive!
Using the camera as a source,
instead of a card reader (but we really,
really suggest using a card reader)
You can copy photo files
directly from your camera to the computer. Use the USB
cable that came with the camera.
make sure that your batteries have a full charge before
you start this procedure.
If the power fails during
the transfer, data will be corrupted.
Be very careful when
inserting the USB cable connector into the socket of the
camera. This is one of the most fragile components of
the camera and we have seen cameras damaged by
After you copy files or
folders to the hard drive, it is useful to view the hard
drive to confirm that the files are copied.
For the greatest safety
of your irreplaceable images, make a second copy on CD,
DVD or detachable hard drive.