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Transferring photos to a Mac

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So now that we have our virtual filing cabinet, I am going to show you the most basic way to fill it; to get images from your memory card into your virtual filing cabinet. We're actually going to do it for a Mac in this movie, and then I am also going to do it for a Windows machine in the next movie. Depending on what particular flavor you have, choose the appropriate movie. I am going to put some pictures in the drawer; Pictures 2011. And the pictures that I have are here on this memory card. They are in the DCIM folder, which stands for Digital Camera Images, and here they are right here. And you'll notice that I have a number of RAW files, 30 RAW files, and they are all basically of the same subject, so this first one is going to be quite easy.

Transferring photos to a Mac

So now that we have our virtual filing cabinet, I am going to show you the most basic way to fill it; to get images from your memory card into your virtual filing cabinet. We're actually going to do it for a Mac in this movie, and then I am also going to do it for a Windows machine in the next movie. Depending on what particular flavor you have, choose the appropriate movie. I am going to put some pictures in the drawer; Pictures 2011. And the pictures that I have are here on this memory card. They are in the DCIM folder, which stands for Digital Camera Images, and here they are right here. And you'll notice that I have a number of RAW files, 30 RAW files, and they are all basically of the same subject, so this first one is going to be quite easy.

And they were taken in July of 2011. So let's create our folder here. I am going to go to File>New Folder, 07-11 Passion Flower; just like that. I've created my folder. Now all I have to do is go here, over to my memory card, and I am going to go to Select All. Select all of those images, and then I am just going to drag them into my virtual filing cabinet.

Now you'll notice since I shot RAW files that we have quite a bit of information here; over 600 megabytes of information going into my virtual filing cabine. And unlike just dragging stuff willy-nilly onto your computer, it's actually going to a place that I will be able to find later on. And now our images are in there, and we can open them up. And we will talk more about viewing these images later on.

I just want you to see that we have made another addition to our virtual filing cabinet, and it was literally as simple as creating a new folder, and dragging and dropping our images into it. This is the basic method. No photo software required; just using what you already have on your computer.

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Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos

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  1. 2m 37s
    1. Welcome
      1m 5s
    2. Why photo organization matters
      1m 32s
  2. 3m 21s
    1. Using media readers
      59s
    2. Using hard drives for storage and backup
      2m 22s
  3. 12m 26s
    1. Making sure your camera is set up correctly
      3m 22s
    2. Understanding how your camera stores photos and movies
      3m 29s
    3. Removing pictures from your card
      1m 33s
    4. Taking advantage of dual card slots on DSLRs
      31s
    5. Taking care of your memory cards
      1m 18s
    6. Creating a set of folders on your hard drive
      2m 13s
  4. 11m 39s
    1. Dealing with your legacy collection
      2m 11s
    2. Transferring photos to a Windows computer
      2m 35s
    3. Transferring photos to a Mac
      2m 22s
    4. Doing a software-assisted photo transfer
      4m 31s
  5. 8m 27s
    1. Viewing photos on a Windows computer
      2m 21s
    2. Viewing photos on a Mac
      2m 53s
    3. Viewing photos using file browsers
      3m 13s
  6. 15m 42s
    1. Understanding digital asset managers
      2m 39s
    2. Transferring images with Lightroom on a Windows computer
      5m 56s
    3. Transferring images with Aperture on a Mac
      5m 11s
    4. Transferring photos with iPhoto
      1m 56s
  7. 15m 46s
    1. Understanding keywords
      3m 49s
    2. Setting strategies for using keywords
      4m 17s
    3. Lightroom keyword tips
      2m 42s
    4. Aperture keyword tips
      4m 58s
  8. 16m 51s
    1. Assigning ratings to photos
      4m 39s
    2. Flagging your favorites
      3m 58s
    3. Organizing in Lightroom
      1m 50s
    4. Using filters in Aperture
      2m 49s
    5. Organizing in iPhoto
      3m 35s
  9. 9m 52s
    1. Understanding albums and collections
      2m 27s
    2. Creating Smart Albums in Aperture
      2m 41s
    3. Working with collections in Lightroom
      2m 45s
    4. Setting up albums in iPhoto
      1m 59s
  10. 13m 32s
    1. Managing photos that you edit in Photoshop
      5m 24s
    2. Managing derivative versions in Lightroom
      4m 17s
    3. Managing derivative versions in Aperture
      3m 51s
  11. 16m 13s
    1. Choosing file formats
      4m 39s
    2. Backing up to hard drives
      3m 31s
    3. Deciding photos to archive
      1m 34s
    4. Backing up to your local area network
      2m 3s
    5. Backing up to the cloud
      2m 49s
    6. Working with multiple hard drives
      1m 37s
  12. 19m 40s
    1. Recovering in Lightroom
      5m 20s
    2. Recovering in Aperture
      6m 52s
    3. Recovering in iPhoto
      2m 46s
    4. Recovering from a file-system-managed backup
      1m 28s
    5. Making prints of your best work
      3m 14s
  13. 1m 54s
    1. Next steps
      1m 54s

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