Digital cameras have unleashed the photographer in all of us, allowing us to reach levels of creativity like never before, and so we take thousands of photos. Of course, watching them with your friends is almost impossible with that little screen on the back of the camera, so the only thing you can do to actually see them (and upload them to Facebook) is upload them to your computer. Here we will give you a couple of ways to do this.
Method 1 of 6: Direct Connection
Step 1. Use a USB cable
Since most of today's digital cameras have a USB connection, this is the best you can do. Although it is not always effective, it depends a lot on your camera, your computers and the operating system.
Step 2. Turn off your camera
When connecting and disconnecting electronic devices, especially sensitive ones like digital cameras, it's best to turn them off first.
- Connect one end of the cable to your camera.
- Plug the other end into your computer's USB port.
Step 3. Turn on your camera
Your camera will appear as a disk drive on your desktop.
Method 2 of 6: USB card reader
Step 1. Get an SD card reader
These are simple gadgets that plug into your USB port.
Step 2. Plug the card reader into your computer's USB port
You can connect it directly to your computer or have a cable with a USB input.
Step 3. Insert your camera's SD card
The card will appear on your desktop as a disk drive.
- Drag the image files from the card to your computer and voila!
Method 3 of 6: Email
Step 1. Take your photos with your smartphone's camera
It may not be a Canon EOS 7D, but they are good enough to see.
Step 2. Take a photo
All good photography starts with pressing the shutter.
Step 3. Create a new mail document
Add the photos as attachments and send them to yourself.
Method 4 of 6: Use the cloud
Step 1. Use your smartphone's camera
Some applications, like Instagram, automatically upload photos to a shared space, and they are available to you - or anyone else - to download to your computer.
Step 2. Take your photo using Instagram
Apply some filter if you wish.
Step 3. Share it with the Instagram community, and email it to yourself as you're at it
Method 5 of 6: iCloud
Step 1. Sign up for iCloud
This can be the simplest and fastest way to move your images from camera to computer. With iCloud, your iOS photos are automatically uploaded to the cloud, and distributed to all your devices that you have synchronized with iCloud, be it Mac or PC.
Step 2. Take your photo
When you're at each, access Photo Stream with iPhoto or Aperture, or any other program that recognizes Photo Stream.
Method 6 of 6: Windows XP
Step 1. Connect your camera or memory card to your computer
This is a very simple step. You can usually connect your camera directly to your computer or just take your memory card and plug it into the card reader built into your computer. The usual connection is via USB.
When you connect your camera or memory card to your computer, the Windows XP Camera wizard will appear. If it doesn't appear, you can open it manually by going to “Start> Accessories> Scanner and Camera Assistant”
Step 2. Choose the photos
This next step will allow you to choose the photos you want to transfer. Also, the wizard will allow you to rotate the images and also see the details of the images, such as the date the photo was taken. This way, you can determine what you want to name the destination folder. However, most of the time you can move photos to a folder without doing all this… but if you want more information, this wizard will give you that ability.
Step 3. Choose the destination
Now you have two fields to fill out.
- The first is called "type a name for this group of images." The value you type will be the final name of each photo on your computer. For example, if you know that the photos you are going to transfer were taken on June 21, 2010, and you took them in Idora park, then you can name the group as “070612 - Idora”, and each image will have that name plus a number count "01, 02, etc.". This way, you can identify each photo by name.
- The second is called "choose the location to save this group of images." This place specifies your destination folder for these images. So click on the "browse" button (the yellow folder) and choose the destination folder on your hard drive.
Step 4. Wait for the transfer to finish
Check your destination folder - all images should be there.
Step 5. Note:
this only works working with Windows XP.