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4.1 - Download Your Photographs

(From Camera to Computer)

Click one of the downloading situations in the menu below.

Camera to Computer

To download, transfer, your photographs from your camera to your computer, read your camera instruction manual.

Or, do the following.

1) If you haven't already, install the camera software.

Look for the CD or DVD that came with your camera.

When you insert the disc, an installation wizard will appear.

For the software to work after installation, you may have to restart your computer.

2) Turn your camera on.

3) Make sure your camera batteries are fully charged.

If the batteries fail during the downloading, your photographs may be corrupted.

4) Turn your camera off, and connect your camera to the computer with the cord supplied with your camera.

The smaller of the two connectors fits into your camera.

The larger, flat, connector fits into a USB port on your computer.

5) Turn your camera on.

Several windows may appear.

For example, let's say you have a Canon camera and Photoshop Elements.

Three windows may appear.

• Canon downloader

• Photoshop Elements downloader

• A window from your computer operating system, such as the Windows Autoplay window

Select the download method you prefer.

6) Make sure the option to Erase Card After Transfer, or a similarly named option, is not selected.

If the option is selected, the photographs on your memory card will be automatically deleted at the conclusion of the download.

That's convenient.

But, what if the download failed?

Your photographs won't be on your computer, and they've been deleted from the memory card.

7) Click Download, Transfer, Get Photos, or the button with similar commands.

8) Your photographs, unless you specified differently, are downloaded to a folder in Pictures (Windows Vista and Mac) or My Pictures (Windows XP).

The name of the folder will probably be the same as the name of the manufacturer of your camera.

9) Check to make sure your photographs downloaded by opening several of them.

Don't just look at the thumbnails.

The thumbnails of the photographs may have downloaded correctly, but not the actual photograph files.

10) After you have ascertained that the photographs have downloaded successfully, format the memory card in your camera to delete your photographs.

You could use your camera to delete the photograph files from your memory card.

However, by formatting the memory card, you remove hidden administrative files as well as the photograph files.

The administrative files can confuse the downloading process later.

To format your memory card, check your camera instruction manual.

Card Reader to Computer

If you're not familiar with card readers, go to Card Readers.

Do the following.

1) If you haven't already, install the camera software.

Look for the CD or DVD that came with your camera.

After you insert the disc, an installation wizard will appear.

For the software to work after installation, you may have to restart your computer.

2) Connect the card reader to your computer with the cord supplied with the reader.

The flat connector fits into a USB port on your computer.

3) Insert your memory card into the card reader

Several windows may appear.

For example, let's say you have a Canon camera and Photoshop Elements.

Three windows may appear.

• Canon downloader

• Photoshop Elements downloader

• A window from your computer operating system, such as the Windows Autoplay window

Select the download method you prefer.

6) Make sure the option to Erase Card After Transfer, or a similarly named option, is not selected.

If the option is selected, the photographs on your memory card will be automatically deleted at the conclusion of the download.

That's convenient.

But, what if the download failed?

Your photographs won't be on your computer, and they've been deleted from the memory card.

7) Click Download, Transfer, Get Photos, or the button with similar commands.

Don't remove the memory card during downloading.

A LED on the card reader may blink during the download.

8) Your photographs, unless you specified differently, are downloaded to a folder in Pictures (Windows Vista and Mac) or My Pictures (Windows XP).

The name of the folder will probably be the same as the name of the manufacturer of your camera.

9) Check to make sure your photographs downloaded by opening several of them.

Don't just look at the thumbnails.

The thumbnails of the photographs may have downloaded correctly, but not the actual photograph files.

10) After you have ascertained that the photographs have downloaded successfully, format the memory card in your camera to delete your photographs.

You could use your camera to delete the photograph files from your memory card.

However, by formatting the memory card, you remove hidden administrative files as well as the photograph files.

The administrative files can confuse the downloading process later.

To format your memory card, check your camera instruction manual.

No Downloading Software?

If there's no downloading program available on your computer, use Breeze Downloader Pro, or similar software.