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Let's start by learning to download your images from a digital camera. Of course, you can do this through the operating system, but by using Adobe Camera Downloader, we can add important information to the files as we download them. So, to launch the downloader, I'm going to click on this little icon here, with the camera and the downward-pointing arrow, and Bridge is going to ask me If every time I insert a card into a card reader and plug that into my machine if bridge should automatically load or launch this photo downloader. I don't want it to do it every time so I'm going to click No.
Now, here at the top, Photo Downloader has automatically detected that card in the card reader, so we can see that card listed right here. If you don't have a card plugged in, then i'tll just say, None Detected here. I can tell the Downloader where I want to save these files by clicking on Choose. In this case, I'll select the Desktop and then click Open. And then I can either choose from one of these different presets as far as creating subfolders or I can create my own.
One of the ones that's really nice to use might be the shot date. Here, you can see that it's listed year, month and day. The reason I say this is useful is because if you set up your folder structure by day, and if you have multiple images on your card that were photgraphed over multiple days. This enables photo downloader to automatically generate all of the different folders for all of the different dates and put the cooresponding images into those folders. If you prefer though to just lump all of your images into a single folder.
Then go ahead and click custom name, and then just enter the custom name here. So in this case we could call this Beijing, and that would be the name of the folder and we could see that previewed right up here at the top. Then we could choose whether or not we want to rename our files. Again, we have a number of presets that we can choose from, some of them have the date included, or we can create our own custom sequence. In order to do that, I'll click custom name. And then we'll enter in the custom name. Now, this could be the same name as the folder or it could be something different.
In this case, let's go ahead and just name 'em the same as the folder. And you can see down here at the example that the downloader is automatically adding a sequence to them. And in fact, it's starting on the sequence number here. So if we wanted to change that we could. I can also click on the Advanced dialogue button here in order to see thumbnails of all of the images that are on that card. Now, if, for example, you were under some time constraints, and you quickly needed o just download a subset of images, we could click Uncheck all, and then just check on the images that you want to download.
But, I think it's much more typical that we want to download all of the images from the card, so I'll go ahead and click check all. The other option that appeared when we clicked advance, was this ability to apply metadata. So, I'm going to start with a basic metadata, which just contains the creator and the copyright. We can go ahead and enter in our name here. For the creator and then for copyright I'm goign to use the option key plus the G key on the mac to get the copyrigth symbol.
On windows you could use the character map and just copy that copyright symbol and then paste it in here. And then I'll put the year and I'll go ahead and put my name again. In a later lesson, we'll learn how to actually create a metadata template that has a lot more information in it, including things like our website and maybe our contact information. Two last options that I want to mention, now they're under the advanced options, but they actually were available in the standard dialogue.
And that's the option to Delete your original files. Although it might be tempting to Check this On, I personally don't have the Downloader delete my original files. Instead, I take care of deleting the files on the card the next time I put the card in my camera, I'll just Reformat that card. You can also Save the copies to a secondary location when you download. Which might be convenient. So, you could download them, say to your, internal drive that you're working with and then also to a secondary, external drive, just so that you know that you have backup, of all of those images. I'll go ahead and turn it off for now, and then click Get Media. When I choose Get Media, the downloader will go ahead and download those images from the card to the location that I told it to. And you can see that Bridge has automatically redirected where it's looking to the Desktop, to this new Beijing Folder and we can see all of our images here.
We can also see that each one of the images has been renamed. And if I click on the Image over here in the Metadata area underneath the IPTC Core area. We can scroll down and actually see that our copyright has been inserted here. So, although you can download your files in the operating system. I think you can see the advantage of using the camera downloader to not only rename your files when you're downloading them, but also maybe copy them to a secondary location and add important metadata information. But also add your copyright to the images.
So I think you can see the advantage of using the Camera Downloader to download your files, not only is it going to give you the option to do things like rename your files and create a folder structure as well as substructure if you want to, but it also allows you to apply important copyright information to your files.
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