Tip & How-To about Cameras
Many people are having trouble downloading the digital pictures that they take on their digital cameras to their computer. This can be a very simple procedure by doing things just a bit differently then most of the digital camera instructions tell you to do it.
I seems that every digital camera manufacturer wants you to download your pictures by hooking the digital camera to the computer through some type of a wire. While this will work for many cases, the digital camera then also causes your computer to download or have you install other drivers that can be unstable and load your computer up with more stuff, that just causes it to run slower. There is a very simple way to avoid all of the problems and very easily download your pictures.
The first thing that you need to do is to find out what type of media card your camera saves the digital images on. Some cameras use a media card or stick that is brand specific, but many digital cameras are now using a simple SD Card to store the pictures on. No matter what form your camera uses there are card readers that can read the card without it being in the digital camera. By removing this card and installing it directly into a card reader in your computer you can easily access the pictures without all of the other problems.
Many newer computers are installing a number of different card readers directly into the computer. If you have the correct reader installed in your computer already then just insert the card into the reader and then if the card does not show up, just look for it in your start menu under "computer". It will be visible under the "removable storage" devices in the menu.
If you do not have a card reader installed in your computer, you are still okay. You can purchase a card reader for your specific card easily. They are readily available and do not cost very much. I use an SD Card reader that looks like this.
I also use a separate USB Adapter so that I can plug many USB devices into my computer even though I do not have enough USB Ports in my computer to handle all of them at one time. Do not worry, the computer will still recognize them all and you can still access them all easily.
Once you have the card reader plugged into your computer, then just insert the card into the USB card reader and then go to your computers start menu. Find the "computer" and click on it. Then find the card reader under "removable storage devices" and click on it. Then follow through clicking on the prompts till you start to see you pictures being loaded. You can then just delete, copy or move the pictures just as you would any other file on your computer.
One last thing to remember. If you are having trouble accessing the digital pictures or removing them from the card, make sure that the card is not "locked". If you look closely at this picture, you can see the word "lock" and an arrow. If the little tab on the side of the card gets pushed towards the "lock" position you will not be able to do anything with the digital pictures on the card. Move the tab to the forward position "unlocked" and you will be able to do what you want to do.
This will give you an easier way to download your digital pictures without all of the problems that the camera drivers will give you. You will eliminate many potential problem spots by doing it this way and it will work just as well for you!
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