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Importing images into image editing software
The normal sequence of events is to use your camera’s utility software to transfer one or more picture files from your camera to your computer. Next, you launch your favorite image editing software and open the image file to make some adjustments before finally saving or printing the picture. However, several image editing programs can do the transferring for you, which shortens the whole process.
If Windows recognizes your camera or card reader as a mass storage device (and most such devices that connect to the computer via USB and FireWire are), the device and all the files on it appear to Windows just like any other
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disk drive. Consequently, you can open a picture for editing in your image editing program by simply selecting it in the program’s Open dialog box. The only thing you have to do is make sure the camera is connected and turned on (and recognized by Windows) before you attempt to open files in the photo editor.
Macs operate in the same way, recognizing your camera or card reader and offering to open the photos in iPhoto.
To transfer images from your camera directly to your image editing software, you first need to tell the program what camera you use and where to find it. Make sure that the camera manufacturer’s software has been installed and is operating properly on your computer and then configure your image editing software to access images from the camera. The setup process varies in the different programs, but the following steps are typical:
1. Connect your camera to the computer and turn it on.
2. Choose FileOlmportODigital CameraOConfigure (or an equivalent command) in your image editing program.
The program usually opens a dialog box, but it might present a submenu instead.
3. Select your camera and (if necessary) the port where it’s connected; then click OK to close the dialog box.
After you configure your image editing software, you can use it to access images from your camera. Here’s how:
1. Connect your computer to the camera and turn it on.
2. Choose FileOlmportODigital CameraOAccess (or an equivalent command) in your image editing program.
A dialog box appears, giving you access to the images stored on your camera. This is usually a subset of the camera manufacturer’s access software.
3. Select the image or images you want to open in the image editing program and then click the button or choose the command to begin the transfer.
The software transfers the selected pictures from your camera to the image editing software.
4. If the image editing software doesn’t return to the foreground automatically, click its taskbar button.
The selected images appear in the image editing program window, ready for you to begin working with them.
Chapter 4: Adding a Printer and Scanner
In This Chapter
^ Rationalizing your need for prints ^ Selecting your digital printer ^ Choosing a scanner ^ Evaluating the best scanner features
othing reveals more dramatically how digital technology has changed the face of photography as the ways in which we use prints. We've gone from the days of the daguerreotype (in which every photographic image was a unique and original hard copy) to the digital age in which (if we wish) a photograph can exist entirely and solely in electronic form and never be transferred to a piece of paper or film. The photo-graphic print has gone from being the normal and expected result of taking a picture to nothing more than an option.
In the digital age, prints have taken on an additional role as a source for digital images. If you have a scanner, the photographic fodder for your image editing software can come as easily from a hard-copy photograph that you've scanned as from your digital camera. Indeed, some of the happiest marriages of imagery come from mixing and matching photos that originate in digital form with pictures that have been created on film, printed on paper, and then scanned.
Even when you have the choice of viewing your finished photographs on a computer screen, there are so many good reasons for making prints. A better color printer is probably the first accessory that a digital photographer purchases after upgrading to a digital camera. And a scanner used to convert existing prints and slides into pixels is probably the second accessory considered.
This chapter looks into the factors that you need to take into account when choosing a printer and a scanner for your digital photography outfit.
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Why You Want Prints
Digital pictures are great when you want to show them on your computer screen, project them on a screen during a presentation, or incorporate them into your Web page. Even old-fashioned color slides have their uses. Professional photographers like transparencies for their unsurpassed reproduction capabilities. Amateurs have long used slides as a tool for lulling neighbors to sleep during discussions of their vacations.