your Photos from your camera to your computer" or "Downloading pictures
to a PC"
usually MUCH faster to use a memory card reader to copy your
pictures than to connect your camera to your computer with a cable.
The cable that came with your camera (if so equipped), is very SLOW
to transfer photos and uses the battery from your camera as the
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Computer USB Port
Connect the USB Card Reader to one of
the computer's USB ports. These ports are usually located on the
back of the computer.
new Printers in the past 2 years have memory card readers built
in (and a few Computers too) so you may skip this step BUT be
sure to read about the SDHC Card Compatibility below as you
still may need a new reader for these new cards.
New Secure Digital High Capacity
When looking for a Card Reader there are a few things to
consider. Look for a SDHC Compatible Reader. SDHC is
the latest format that the SD card companies are using for large
capacity cards (over 4GB). You MUST have a SDHC Compatible
reader or the new cards cannot be read! Be sure to always
check before purchasing a card that YOUR camera can use
the size AND format.
Left: 15-in1 Card Reader
Right: Single SD Card Reader
(Not SDHC) Kodak Easy Share Dock
(Works like a Card Reader)
Consider a Multi Card reader. You may be purchasing your
next camera with another type card format, have a friend or
relative drop by with some photos to share on another format and
need to download them or you can save the day on vacation by
bringing one along to help others download their photos to view
them. These are very small (about 3" wide) and super
Tip: These card readers also take the new mini-SD and
mini-SDHC cards that the latest cell and smart phones are using.
This make it easy to transfer the photos you take on those as
Tip: You can use these to also transfer Music/Files from
your Computer to Phone or phone to computer. Or one
Computer to another! Save $$$ buy not having to burn
When the card reader is connected, you may see the message
"Building new driver info, and "New Hardware found"
installing...". Wait until your PC tells you, "Your new Device
is ready to use". NOTE: If you see the following
error message, "You do not have sufficient security privileges
to install devices on this computer...", try plugging the Card
Reader into the other USB port. If the error persists, you will
need to download the pictures either on a Mac or on a PC where
you have administrative privileges. Usually the device
drivers (the software that "tells" the computer what device you
just plugged in) works just fine automatically.
Turn off your camera and take the memory card out of your camera
and gently place it in the card reader.
If the Card Reader is already plugged in to one of your
computer's USB ports then as soon as the card is inserted fully,
it will open a dialog bog on your screen asking you how you want
the photos to be transferred to your computer.
The EASY way is to select "Import Pictures". This way a
step-by-step wizard will walk you through the process.
Microsoft has a nice help page showing you expanded directions
on how to do this.
Once the Photos are on your computer, you can print them, view
them, email them, or upload them to a photo sharing site to
share with friends/family.
Be sure to delete the photos off the Memory Card before
reinserting into camera. Nothing worse than getting ready
to take some new photos and seeing "No Memory on Card" come up
in your camera. NOTE: Do not erase photos from your
memory card until you are positive you’ve saved them on the hard
NEXT: "Getting your Photos from your computer to the
Internet or "The Web"
Before we start this
section. There are a few thing you MUST know about photos
Your new digital camera is good.
Maybe too good, in fact. Even
today's bargain-priced cameras offer
default resolutions of 3 megapixels
or better. At those settings, it's a
snap to shoot spectacular-looking
pictures that you can't resist
sharing with friends and family. So
what's the problem? Those gorgeous,
images translate into enormous
files, often weighing in at a
megabyte or more. If you attach one
or more of those humongous files to
an e-mail message, you're likely to
cause chaos at both ends of the
Here are just a few of the problems
you're likely to encounter when you
try to send digital picture files as
Many e-mail accounts have
size limits. Free
accounts have a limit of 2
MB, for instance. Internet
service providers often
limit mail accounts to 10 MB
or less. You can fill up a
friend's inbox with two or
three large pictures, at
which point he can no longer
receive e-mail from anyone.
Big attachments take a
long time to download.
Not everyone has broadband
access. And there's no
telling what Uncle Joe will
have to say about you when
he discovers that it will
take an hour or more to
download your pictures over
his pokey dial-up
Not everyone has a
compatible image viewer.
Up-to-date versions of
automatically scale oversize
images so they fit in the
browser window. But
recipients who are still
using older browsers and low
screen resolutions may find
themselves scrolling (and
scrolling and scrolling) to
see pieces of the image.
The solution? Shrink those images so
they're e-mail friendly or find an
alternative way to deliver them.
Windows Vista has a nice included
program called "Windows Photo
Gallery" that allows you to
easily resize photos before emailing
Tip: You can use this to resize then
the program attaches the photo to an
email. You then can right
click the smaller photo and "Save
as" to save it as the smaller size.
Tip: MANY cameras come with an
included program on the CD in the
package that easily allows you to
resize (and correct) photos.
1. You can either
purchase your own Domain (web address name) and website and
learn how to upload photos to it (or have your webmaster do it
for you) OR you can use one of several FREE services too
easily upload and share your photos.
can "Google" photo sharing and find many sites such as Walgreens
and MANY other too. They are all easy to use and some
automatically "Shrink" your original large photos for you (keep
in mind that they all have limits on total size on their servers
so it is ALWAYS better to resize them your self first!)
I hope this tutorial made
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