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Updated 3/30/2011 by SuperMediaStore Staff
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Transferring Photos to your Computer


You have three ways to move files out of a camera:


1. By cable. Connect the thin cable that came with the camera to the proper jack on the side of the camera. Plug the other end into the proper jack (typically a USB or FireWire port) on the computer. That will activate the software that displays the contents of the memory card. Then, as with any other computer program, you choose a destination for the files, name them, and drag-and-drop them to the proper place. A card reader is an accessory that works the same way, but transfers the photo files more quickly. To use a card reader, plug it into the computer, then remove the memory card from the camera and insert it into the reader. This activates the software.

2. Direct reading. Some cameras work with a docking station that rapidly transfers photo files to the computer when you place the camera in the dock. Many digital cameras work with a memory card. Many new computers have slots for memory cards now. All you have to do is insert the memory stick into the proper slot to transfer photo files.

3. Straight to the printer. Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, and Lexmark make inkjet printers that have memory-card slots. Many are also designed to accept 4x6-inch photo paper. You can insert the card right into the printer and make snapshot-sized prints directly. Some printers will also produce an index print, a thumbnail image of all the photos on the card; others have a small LCD viewer, so you can preview photos and delete the duds before printing.