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Transferring photos to a Windows computer

From: Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos

Video: Transferring photos to a Windows computer

So I have some pictures on a memory card that I want to transfer to my computer. We're going to use a memory card reader to bring them over to this machine. I have the memory card reader right here; you can see it is the EOS_DIGITAL right there. That's because I used a Canon camera to capture the images. Now the way that memory cards are set up that your photos will always be in the DCIM folder, right here. So I am going to double-click on that, and then inside this Canon folder; there are my pictures.

Transferring photos to a Windows computer

So I have some pictures on a memory card that I want to transfer to my computer. We're going to use a memory card reader to bring them over to this machine. I have the memory card reader right here; you can see it is the EOS_DIGITAL right there. That's because I used a Canon camera to capture the images. Now the way that memory cards are set up that your photos will always be in the DCIM folder, right here. So I am going to double-click on that, and then inside this Canon folder; there are my pictures.

So I want to bring those into the computer, but I want to do so in an organized manner. So I am going to open up the receiving area here. Now there are two ways you can do this basically: you can copy the pictures to the hard drive on your computer, or you can copy the pictures to an external drive, either network connected or directly connected. In this case I am going to copy them to an external hard drive, where I have other pictures stored already. Now, you'll notice that I have a naming convention here, and I think this is very important to have a naming convention that you consistently use.

My convention is to use the month, the year, and then some sort of description. So the photos that we are bringing in, they are actually from a model shoot that was captured in July. So let's go ahead and create a new folder that represents that shoot. So I am going to right-click here, I am going to go to New, we'll go to New Folder, and I am going to go 07-11 Model Shoot. Now we're going to go ahead and open that folder up. I am going to select all the images from the memory card; I am going to go Control+A to do that, and I am going to drag them in.

Memory card readers tend to read and write pretty fast, and you see we're moving along at a pretty good clip, even though these are RAW files. Great! So all of our images have been imported. We have added a folder to our hard drive that is consistent with the other folders that we've already named. So now I can go ahead and eject my memory card. And we have just taken an important first step towards organizing our library, which is first creating a naming convention, and then following it as we bring in new photographs.

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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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