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Viewing photos on a Windows computer

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Now that we've uploaded some shots, let's take a look at them and get a little closer view. So I have two types of files here: I have JPEGs, and I have RAW files. Now JPEGs; they're universal. You can look at a JPEG, no problem; double-click on the image, it shows up in Windows Photo Viewer. You're in great shape! RAW files are a little different story; you need a codec to view them, and to work with them. Now, there are a couple ways to go here. Microsoft has actually released what they call the Microsoft Camera Codec Pack.

Viewing photos on a Windows computer

Now that we've uploaded some shots, let's take a look at them and get a little closer view. So I have two types of files here: I have JPEGs, and I have RAW files. Now JPEGs; they're universal. You can look at a JPEG, no problem; double-click on the image, it shows up in Windows Photo Viewer. You're in great shape! RAW files are a little different story; you need a codec to view them, and to work with them. Now, there are a couple ways to go here. Microsoft has actually released what they call the Microsoft Camera Codec Pack.

And this is relatively new as of our recording here. And it has 120 codecs for RAW files, and what that means is that you can use the Microsoft Pack to look at your RAW files, as long as your camera is supported. Now if your camera is not supported by this new Microsoft Codec Pack, which I anticipate it's going to grow over time, so it's probably going to support many more than 120 when it's done, then you have to go to the manufacturer's site to download the RAW codec.

In this case, these are Canon RAW files, so if they weren't supported by the Microsoft Pack, then I would go to Canon site, download it, and then I could do this, which is double-click on the image and have it appear in Windows Live Photo Gallery. So the combination of Windows Live Photo Gallery and Windows Explorer, when you're working at the basic level without using any additional applications, is your way to look at the thumbnails, and then look at the larger view.

For example, this RAW file has now loaded. I can get a closer view of it by just sliding the slider here; you can move in and out. And if you have a mouse with a scroll wheel, you can use the scroll wheel to zoom in and out, which I think is more convenient. And then navigate from photo to photo just by using the navigation tools. So the big thing here is that if you shoot RAW, make sure that you have the codec to decode the RAW files that you have; either the Microsoft Pack or from the manufacturer.

If you're shooting JPEG, it's just a matter of double-clicking, and enjoying your images in Photo Viewer.

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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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