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Digital photography All-in-one desk reference 3rd edition - Busch D.

Busch D. Digital photography All-in-one desk reference 3rd edition - Wiley publishing, 2006. - 755 p.
ISBN: 0-470-03743-1
Download (direct link): digitalphotographyallinone2006.pdf
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Microdrive
The Hitachi (formerly IBM) Microdrive is a tiny hard drive thatís a little thicker than the standard CompactFlash card but otherwise the same. Such drives are also available from other sources, including Seagate. If your camera is equipped with a CompactFlash Type II slot, you can use the Microdrive. The Microdrive has recently been less expensive than solid-state CompactFlash cards of the same capacity. Itís available in sizes up to 8G or more. Using the Microdrive is just like using a standard CompactFlash card except that because it is actually a miniature hard drive, it must be handled with more TLC than a CompactFlash card.
Transferring Images from Camera to Computer 141
Transferring Images from Camera to Computer
As the previous section shows, different digital cameras offer different tools for connecting the camera to your computer. It might be a direct connection, such as a cable from the camera to a port on your computer, or it might be an indirect connection, such as a memory card that you can remove from the camera and then insert into a reader or drive attached to your computer.
After you make the connection between your camera and your computer, you might have a few more options available regarding what software you use to transfer pictures from the camera connection to your computer.
Most digital camera manufacturers supply a program with the camera that is designed to handle the task, but you might also have the option of transferring pictures to your computer via image editing software or your computerís normal file management utilities.
Transferring pictures using camera utility software
Windows XP and Mac OS X can recognize memory cards or cameras and offer to transfer your photos for you. However, youíll often prefer to use the utility software provided with your digital camera because such software frequently has additional features, such as the ability to edit your photos after you transfer them.
Just about every digital camera on the market today ships with a disc containing software designed specifically to transfer pictures from the camera to your computer. Often, the software has a number of other features as well, but its main purpose is to allow you to use your computer to access the pictures you shot with your camera.
The details of the installation and use of the software accompanying the various digital cameras vary as much as the cameras themselves. Covering all the different programs in detail in this book is not possible, but the general process goes something like this:
1. Make sure the camera (or card reader) is connected to the computer and is turned on.
This ensures that the software can find the camera/card reader connection if the installation searches for it.
2. Insert the disc that came with your camera into your computerís disc drive and launch the installation utility (if it doesnít start automatically).
Book II
Chapter 3
Getting Your Pictures from the Camera to the Digital Darkroom
142 Transferring Images from Camera to Computer
The software disc is usually a CD, and the installation routine usually starts automatically a few seconds after you insert the disc into your computer. However, if the installation doesnít start automatically, you can usually get things going by using Windows Explorer to double-click a file icon labeled Setup or Install. You can probably find the file in the root folder of the drive where you inserted the disc. With Macs, click the programís icon on the Desktop.
3. Follow the onscreen instructions to install the software.
A couple of mouse clicks to accept defaults are all it usually takes.
4. Start the camera utility software.
Sometimes the utility software sits in the background and waits for your camera to be connected. Then it pops up automatically and goes to work. If not, double-click the Desktop icon that the installation program added or look for the new addition to your Windows Start menu. If the camera or card reader is connected and turned on when you start the program, it will usually find your camera automatically. In some cases, you might need to help the program locate the camera by choosing a command such as FileOConnect and selecting the appropriate location in a dialog box.
Figure 3-7 shows the Photoshop Elements transfer utility.
5. Click an icon or menu command to view the image files on the camera or removable media.
Hereís where the different software programs really go their own way. There is usually an icon or menu command that you can use to display a list of picture files on your computer. You might even be able to preview the pictures as thumbnail (small) images.
6. Select the picture files you want to transfer and click an icon or menu command to begin moving the files to your computer.
Again, the details vary greatly in the different programs, but there is usually a prominent icon that you can click to start the transfer process.
If you donít see an obvious icon, check the File menu for a command such as Import.
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