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Picasa 3 Essential Training

with Dane Howard

Video: Importing photos and movies from a camera or card reader

Next, we're going to talk about connecting your camera or card reader to the computer, and importing your photos itself. So, most of you probably have a SD card reader, or a camera, or some way of connecting to your computer. My favorite method is just this USB Dongle with the actual card slot itself. A lot of them out there allow you to connect an SD card or a CompactFlash. This gives me a lot of flexibility because I can just pull it right out of my case, connect it, I don't even have to worry about a long cable and connecting my camera to it.
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  1. 2m 9s
    1. Welcome
      1m 14s
    2. Using the exercise files
      55s
  2. 6m 39s
    1. What's new in Picasa 3
      3m 2s
    2. Downloading and installing Picasa on the PC
      2m 17s
    3. Downloading and installing Picasa on the Mac
      1m 20s
  3. 34m 3s
    1. Organizational paradigms
      5m 36s
    2. Exploring the interface
      3m 27s
    3. Using the Task tray
      2m 28s
    4. Adding a custom button to the Task tray
      1m 48s
    5. Exploring the Help and Tools pulldown menus
      2m 58s
    6. Importing photos and movies from a camera or card reader
      3m 53s
    7. Searching and archiving your growing library
      5m 24s
    8. Remembering your memories
      6m 17s
    9. Using the new Desktop Photo Viewer
      2m 12s
  4. 29m 23s
    1. Using folders and albums
      4m 0s
    2. Tagging and rating your photos
      6m 58s
    3. Using filters effectively
      2m 51s
    4. Searching for photos
      4m 30s
    5. Deleting, hiding, and removing photos
      2m 46s
    6. Creating and editing a new online album
      5m 37s
    7. Screen captures made easy
      2m 41s
  5. 32m 21s
    1. Using the Basic Fixes palette
      4m 45s
    2. Using the Tuning palette
      1m 59s
    3. Using the Effects palette
      4m 32s
    4. Using the Retouch tool
      1m 32s
    5. Applying red-eye repair
      1m 10s
    6. Flirting with black & white, sepia, and tinting
      2m 55s
    7. Effective cropping and straightening
      6m 32s
    8. Adding captions, text, and watermarks
      3m 8s
    9. Using effects effectively
      3m 39s
    10. Batch-editing for speed
      2m 9s
  6. 1h 15m
    1. Creating and playing a slideshow
      2m 36s
    2. Creating gift CDs
      3m 53s
    3. Uploading photos
      6m 23s
    4. Emailing photos
      4m 50s
    5. Using the Share button to upload and email photos at the same time
      1m 18s
    6. Setting printing controls for local printing
      6m 10s
    7. Exporting photos
      4m 9s
    8. Advanced exporting to HTML galleries and Flash
      3m 19s
    9. Customizing your export templates
      3m 28s
    10. Reordering and customizing your share buttons
      2m 8s
    11. Printing commercially
      1m 57s
    12. Creating a collage
      5m 34s
    13. Creating and editing movies and uploading to YouTube
      6m 56s
    14. Blogging photos quickly using BlogThis!
      2m 43s
    15. Creating a blog post via email
      4m 22s
    16. Sharing via Facebook
      1m 24s
    17. Sharing via Flickr
      2m 9s
    18. Uploading photos to SmugMug
      2m 23s
    19. Posting photos from iPhone to your web album
      1m 39s
    20. Viewing web albums on the iPhone
      1m 8s
    21. Downloading and synchronizing web albums
      5m 7s
    22. Turning a web album into a live RSS feed
      2m 9s
  7. 42m 13s
    1. Getting started
      3m 38s
    2. Creating web albums
      5m 53s
    3. Organizing and reordering albums
      1m 54s
    4. Deleting an album
      1m 0s
    5. Adding locations to albums and images using the Album Map
      1m 56s
    6. Adding captions to albums
      1m 58s
    7. Adding tags in web albums
      1m 46s
    8. Changing General settings
      3m 11s
    9. Changing Email Notification settings
      41s
    10. Changing Privacy and Permissions settings
      5m 39s
    11. Changing Storage settings
      2m 9s
    12. Identifying people in photos using face recognition
      3m 21s
    13. Sharing web albums
      3m 16s
    14. Downloading albums and downloading images
      2m 34s
    15. Creating projects using the Download tab
      2m 5s
    16. Ordering prints
      1m 12s
  8. 17s
    1. Goodbye
      17s

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Picasa 3 Essential Training
3h 42m Beginner Jul 31, 2009

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In Picasa 3 Essential Training, Dane Howard demonstrates how the latest upgrade of this free program from Google will allow photographers to organize, share, and edit digital photos more easily and effectively than ever before. Dane shows newcomers and experienced users how to archive and share photos from a desktop or online. Exercise files accompany the course, but using personal media is encouraged.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the Picasa interface
  • Creating and managing web albums
  • Integrating Picasa and iPhoto workflows
  • Writing captions and text for photos
  • Creating and editing slideshows and movies
  • Using face recognition and geo-tagging to organize albums
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Picasa
Author:
Dane Howard

Importing photos and movies from a camera or card reader

Next, we're going to talk about connecting your camera or card reader to the computer, and importing your photos itself. So, most of you probably have a SD card reader, or a camera, or some way of connecting to your computer. My favorite method is just this USB Dongle with the actual card slot itself. A lot of them out there allow you to connect an SD card or a CompactFlash. This gives me a lot of flexibility because I can just pull it right out of my case, connect it, I don't even have to worry about a long cable and connecting my camera to it.

When you plug it in, one of the things that might happen on a PC is this AutoPlay. When you have Picasa installed, you have the choice of actually selecting Picasa directly from the list. This will take you directly into Import. If for some reason you've turned AutoPlay off, let me show what you can click on. With your card reader connected, go ahead and click on Import. This is the same as clicking on Picasa, from the AutoPlay. You'll go directly into the Import functionality and in Picasa 3 it has been improved.

Let me some of the things that have been improved here. First of all, you'll notice that there is an ability to just pivot between the different import devices. This can be a separate drive, this can be a USB stick, or dongle, or the camera itself. The next thing you'll notice is the delineation by date. This is super helpful, because as the items start to come in, you can start to just visually pick up on the fact that you know that you shot certain things on certain days. Just by selecting the camera, it will select everything on that particular day.

So, whether I select the individual photos themselves or the clock, I can go ahead and select multiple days. In this case, I'm going to go ahead and do that now. Here I've three days selected. Other options that are very helpful is this notion of excluding Duplicates. Let's say you are able to shoot multiple days and you copied just one particular day, and you've already imported it into Picasa. This is very helpful, because when you exclude duplicates, it will keep from there being duplicate files on your system.

Sometimes, you want to just import everything on the card itself, this allows you to do that just by selecting it. Importing selected, you can see I've 39 photos selected, all delineated by the blue outline here. I'm going to go ahead and do that now. When I select any Import task, it will ask me where I want to put them. Well, many times, you can see here. I've lots of photos distributed over multiple days. It gives you just one folder location initially. You can't break them into individual folders at this point. So, I'm going to give this a folder called my London trip.

You can see here it's been added to My Pictures folder. The default date is taken in here, based on the metadata, and I'm just going to say that it was actually happening in the London, UK. I can give an additional description if I want. Now, below is really important, take note, the default is Do nothing. That means on the source card, just leave it alone. Leave all the photos there. This what I recommend. The Safe delete is a nice feature. Oftentimes, you want to delete just the things that have been copied, so I suggest don't delete anything until you've confirmed a safe confirmation that your files have gone to the computer.

The last one, I would steer clear this. Wiping the card clean is oftentimes kind of risky, so I wouldn't do this very often. But what it will do is it will actually run a complete batch delete across your entire card, and it will be indiscriminant across anything that is on the actual card itself, whether those be files, or any other format that you may not be seeing at this time. So, I select Do nothing, go ahead and click Finish. This will import your specific photos directly, and they should show up right in the name of the folder that you've created.

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