Mac computers have built in software and more powerful software available for purchase for working with photo and video files. In this movie, you will know how to connect a camera to your Mac to both import and work with image files. You will also know how to use Finder to access the contents of a camera and manage the image files that way.
- [Voiceover] Even though these days many people are using their smart phones as cameras, which are automatically connected to other devices, here on a Mac, for example, using an iPhone if I use my iPhone to take pictures, I'll get access to them here on the Mac if I'm using the same account to log in. But there are still those who use older devices, digital cameras, video cameras, with USB connections. We can plug them into our computer and get access to the contents using different means that we're going to explore in this movie.
I'm gonna be working with a digital camera, my Olympus digital camera, a little bit older. Once I plug it into the USB drive and turn it on, something happens automatically on screen. And if you're plugging in a camera, you'll see this, too. First of all, in the background, a new device looks like it just got attached. And it's untitled in my case. Yours may show up differently. But the Olympus is just not recognized here as an actual device, so it shows up just like another drive. Another thing happens, and that is the photos app opens up because that's the type of file stored on this device.
So I'm seeing some of the photos, some that I've already imported, some that I haven't, and the import category is selected at the top so I can import all the new items. Or go down here and select the items that I want to import. So maybe I just wanna import this one, and do I wanna delete it after it's imported? That's another option so it creates some extra space on my camera. Don't need to do that now, so I'm going to import it, and all of a sudden I have a new import. Notice it switched over to albums here.
This is my last import. Shows me the date when this picture was taken, and there are things I can do now with this image if I wanted to. You can see there's a whole menu bar of options under photos. Now, the other thing you might wanna do is work with a different piece of software with your photos. And you don't have to work in the photos app just because it launches automatically. Notice we can zoom in to get a better look at bigger thumbnail. That's kinda cool, nice image. Let's go up to Photos, though, and quit if you're following along.
And instead, we'll double-click the device itself. This opens up a Finder window. And here in Finder, I'm gonna make sure that it's the Icon View that's selected here. So when I double-click the DCIM folder that I get with my camera, you may see something different, and then go to the Olympus folder, I'm gonna see those JPEG images. There they are. And now I can work with them just like they're sitting on a USB drive or something else. I can select a group of them just by clicking and dragging and then drag them onto my desktop or to another folder down the left-hand side.
Open up a different Finder window if I want to put them somewhere different. Or, another option, is to just go to one of the images, right click, and we could have several selected as well. Click Open, and it will open with the default application, and that's going to be Preview here on the Mac. But if I have other apps installed, I can go down to Open With and choose from anything that will allow me to work with an image file, a JPEG. You can see there's quite a few to choose from here for me. You may have more, you may have less on your list.
We could even go to the App Store here if we want to find something that's gonna work with images. Maybe we wanna touch them up or enhance them. Those are options that we could find in built-in software like photos or even more powerful options in software that we purchase. Just click in the background here to close up any menu. All right, I'm gonna close up this window and we're done either importing photos or working with them, we need to remember to eject our devices, including cameras, before we unplug them physically to use them again.
So, you could to the device right here on the desktop right-click and choose Eject. In my case, Untitled. We also saw from the photos app there was an eject button and we could eject our camera right from there and close up photos. Now we can physically unplug our camera and continue to use it taking photos. So as you can see, it's really quite simple with your older technology, even, like digital cameras and video cameras, plugging them in with a USB device is really quite simple, automatically recognized by the Mac.
And, sometimes default applications open up, allowing you to work with the contents of those devices.
- Using the keyboard and gestures
- Exploring the desktop, Apple menu, Finder, and dock
- Finding files and folders
- Locating files with Spotlight
- Launching and quitting applications
- Task switching with Mission Control
- Transferring files from Windows to Mac
- Transferring mail and address books
- Connecting printers, cameras, and Bluetooth devices
- Getting online
- Adjusting settings in System Preferences
- Getting the best free apps from the App Store