The Best Way to Download the Images From Camera to a Computer

by : Martin H. Brinn

All digital photographers need to download their photos from their camera or memory card to their computers at some stage. Here we will discuss the best way to perform this process.

The safest and easiest way to import your photos is by removing your cameras memory card from your camera and taking advantage of a memory card reader. I refer to this option as the safest way meaning that this is the safest option for your camera. Ideally we would have a clean tidy computer desk with no note papers, disks, or books lying about. I only wish that my computer desk looked like that, no matter how hard I try my computer work space is the photo of disorganized chaos. Placing my camera anywhere near my computer desk is putting it in the direct line of danger of being accidently dropped, even If I was to take care of where in the mess I put my camera it will eventually become unstable as I search among the papers for that "thing" I am looking for, without fail it will eventually find its way dangerously resting on the edge of the desk, if it could speak it would be calling out "help mummy I scared, save me".

Let's just imagine for a moment that by some miracle my work desk was image perfect clean and tidy, so there I sit with my coffee in one hand and my trusty camera on the other. I could bet my bottom dollar that at some stage as I am distracted or tired that my coffee and my camera will meet in some unfortunate accident.

Even if I was some wicked person who did not cherish my beautiful camera I might consider that it could be replaceable. Sadly my photos are never replaceable. For goodness sake please save yourself heartache and put your camera away. Transfer your photos to your computer by removing your memory card your camera and using a card reader.

Digital photo card readers are very inexpensive to buy if your computer does not have one already installed. Card readers are available as USB external hardware or internal hardware. You may decide on a multi card reader or choose a card reader specifically made for your memory card. I recommend a multi card reader for versatility. If choosing to install an internal card reader you may very easily do this yourself by simply removing your unused "A" drive and replacing your photo card reader in this position. If you are uncomfortable with opening your computer your local computer technician will do this for you, usually at a minimum fee and with no fuss.

Once you have your digital camera connected to your computer, or preferably your camera safely put away and your memory card in the card reader the next step in best photo download practice is to transfer your digital photos with the aid of respected and trusted professional photo import software such as RoboImport.

Without professional downloading software you are faced with a tedious and time consuming task. RoboImport will automate the transfer process but also offers many other advantages and features necessary for professional digital photographers. Without professional software downloading your photos to your computer is nothing short of 14 steps including opening your camera or card reader, creating and naming the destination folder, renaming individual images, (this is no quick task with hundreds or thousands of photos to process), rotating photos, correcting resolution problems, adding necessary IPTPC information, tagging GPS coordinates when desired, double checking, backing up, clearing the cards images and starting your preferred photo organizer. Using professional photo downloader and photo renaming software like Roboimport that will even open your image manager turns these 14 steps into 1.

Using a professional digital picture transfer software also ensures that your photographs metadata and EXIF information is transferred completely and safely with your photos.

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