Digital Photography Session 2

Transfer pictures to a computer

Duration: 4 hours, including 2 half hour working breaks.
Price: £100 can be split between 1 to 8 people
Venue: Either at 70 Royal Parade, Eastbourne, or can be at a mutually agreed venue.
Please bring: Your camera, charger, connecting cables, spare batteries if applicable, the camera's manual, memory card, a notebook and pen. Laptop (I can supply 3 computers at my home otherwise other venues with more computers can be organised)
To join or arrange a session please use the contact link above to make an enquiry

Session 2
This is a four hour session, including two half hour working breaks.

Transfer pictures to a computer

Part 1 (90 minutes)

Introduction and ground rules (10 minutes)

Looking at Folders and Files
(10 minutes)

Creating folders
(10 minutes)(File->New->Folder or Right Click-> New->Folder)

Renaming Folders
(10 minutes)(Right Click on a file or folder, select Rename, type new name and press Enter)

Deleting Folders
(10 minutes)(Select the file(s) or folder(s) you wish to delete then either right click on one of the files and select Delete or press Delete on the keyboard.

Recovering Folders
(10 minutes)Go to the desktop and double click on the Recycle Bin, click on the folder or files you wish to get back and then click on “restore” at the top or side of the window.

Copying Folders
(15 minutes) Select a Folder or group of folders, Right Click on one of them and select “Copy”. Go to where you would like to copy them to, perhaps another folder,( not one you’re copying though) and right click in the window of the destination folder and select Paste.

Moving Folders
(15 minutes) Select a Folder or group of folders, Right Click on one of them and select “Cut”. Go to where you would like to move them to, perhaps another folder, (not one you’re copying though) and right click in the window of the destination folder and select Paste.


WORKING BREAK (30 minutes) Practice creating, renaming, deleting and restoring folders.


Part 2 (30 minutes)


Create A Useful Folder Structure For Organising Your Pictures (30 minutes)

Choose an area of your computer's storage system in which to build your folder system. This would typically be in the "Pictures" Folder (Start-> Pictures). However there are safer areas to store pictures, such as on a non system hard disk partition. If you don't know what that means use the "My Pictures" folder.

Firstly you could create a folder with a name such as "Photographs". Inside this folder you would create a folder for each year that you would wish to store pictures in, for instance, "Pictures 2012" might be a good title.

Inside this you would create twelve folders, one for each month of the year. Unfortunately if you simply use the names of months you'll find that the folders won't normally be displayed in a chronological order. One way around this is to put the number of each month before its name.

Here's are some examples, "Pictures 4 April", "Pix 10 October", "Pics 12 Dec".

Making further folders within each monthly folder is also a good idea.
For instance to keep related photos together, e.g. A wedding, birthday, day out, etc...
Perhaps you might name a sub folder within one of the monthly folders like this:

"Pics 2012 12 Dec 24 Christmas Eve"


"Pix 2012 2 Feb 14 Valentine’s day".

Once you've created this folder structure you will find that storing your pictures will be far more organised than just dumping them in one folder. This will especially become apparent when you start to back up your pictures to removable storage devices such as CDs or DVDs.


WORKING BREAK (30 minutes) Practice creating, renaming, copying, moving, deleting, and creating folder structures during the break.


Part 3 (1 hour)
Many people use automatic systems to transfer photos from a camera to a computer, however it’s a good idea to learn how to do it manually.

How to manually transfer pictures from a digital camera to a computer.
If possible please try to practice this before coming to the class. Even if it doesn’t work for you it’s helpful for you to start getting accustomed to this process.

Find The Photos On The Camera And Tell The Computer Which Ones To Copy

  1. Put cable in camera
  2. Put cable in PC
  3. Turn on the camera
  4. If a window pops up with options choose "open folder to view files"
  5. If a window doesn't pop up go to Start -> Computer
  6. Click on camera's icon (this may be something like “removable disk E” 
  7. You should now see some folders
  8. Click on the appropriate one - normally "dcim" or 100Lyp
  9. You should now be able to see your image files
  10. ¬†Make sure the view is set to "thumbnails" 
  11. To select all go to "edit">"Select all" (or hold down the Ctrl Key and A)
  12. To select just a few files use the "control+click method”
  13. Once you've selected your images click on Edit then Copy (Ctrl+C)

    Go To The Destination Folder And Paste The Photos There

  14. Navigate to the folder where you store your photographs, in class this will be the "Pictures" folder (Start->Pictures)
  15. Double Click on the appropriate year folder, then the monthly one and either create a new folder in which to copy the new pictures in to, or double click on one that’s already there
  16. Make sure you're inside that folder (look at the title bar of the window)
  17. Click on "edit" then click on paste (or Ctrl+V) and if all is well your pictures will start to copy from your camera.
  18. Once the transfer is complete turn your camera off 

    Rename the photos

  19. As the pictures are all selected you may wish to rename them all in one go by pressing F2 and typing in a new name (Remember to end your new name with " .jpg " if the .jpg was shown in the original name but not otherwise)
  20. Then press Enter to finalise the renaming

    Rotate Those Photos That Need Rotating

  21. Make sure you're in the "Thumbnails" view (view menu then click on "thumbnails)
  22. Rotate any pictures that need to be rotated by Right Clicking on the picture you want to rotate and then clicking on "rotate clockwise" or "rotate counter clockwise".
  23. It is also possible to select multiple files that need rotating by using the CTRL and click technique which allows the selection of files that aren't next to each other, once selected right click on one of the selected photos and choose the appropriate rotate function. If the rotate functions are greyed out it means one of the files selected may not be a photo.

Session Ends

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