Hello again and welcome to another video in
our HOW MCW series. My name is Matt Bauer and this week’s video is about transferring
pictures from your digital camera. There are several ways you can do this. You can use
the program that comes with your digital camera, which is usually not the most effective way
to transfer pictures. You can also use the built-in Windows transfer utility, which I’ve
found to be a more simple option. Or you can use a 3rd-party program such as Picasa. Today,
I’m going to show you how to transfer pictures from your camera using the built-in Windows
functionality. Then I’ll show you how to import your photos into Picasa and organize
them. The first thing you’ll want to do is to
connect your camera to your computer using the USB cable that came with it. Alternatively,
you can insert the memory card from the camera into a card reader if you have one. However,
the easiest way is to connect the USB cable to your camera. Depending on your operating
system (in this case, Windows XP), you should get a popup on your screen asking what you
want to do with the device you just connected. There should be an option to copy or import
using Windows, so go ahead and click that. If you want this option to automatically start
the next time you connect your camera, check this box. Now in Windows Vista, the process
is a little different. It will import all of your photos at once, but it will not import
the duplicates if you have transferred some of the pictures previously. You can add tags
right away, but if you click Options, you have a full list of other settings to choose
from as you can see here. It will even auto-rotate your pictures for you if you select this option.
When you’re done, click “OK”, then click “Import”. For more information on the
photo import process in Vista, click the link in the sidebar.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Working-with-digital-pictures When the Windows XP wizard starts, it will
look at all the pictures on the memory card inside the camera. Then just click “Next”.
It will then show you all the pictures on the memory card. Here you can uncheck any
photos you do not want to import. You can also rotate the photos to your liking. When
you’re all set, click “Next”. Here you will name the group of pictures and choose
a location to save them. The default location is “My Pictures” and Windows will automatically
create a folder inside My Pictures with the name you specify here. You also have the option
of deleting the pictures after they are copied to the computer. I would suggest leaving them
on the card until you have backed up your pictures to an additional location such as
an external hard drive or with MCW Backup. When you have chosen the location and name,
click “Next”. Windows will begin transferring your pictures. When it is done, click “Finish”,
then “Finish” again. The folder where you saved the pictures will open. You can
see the location here. In this case, we saved them to the Summer Vacation 2009 folder inside
the My Pictures folder, which of course is inside the My Documents folder.
Now that you have your pictures saved to your computer, a great way to organize them is
with a program called Picasa from Google. I’ve been using this software for quite
a while and in my experience it is very intuitive and user-friendly. There are LOT of features
in Picasa, and I may cover them in a future video, but for now, I’ll just go through
a few of them. Picasa is free, and to get it, just go to picasa.com. click the download
button the upper right,
open the installer,
click “I agree”, then “Install”.
The only boxes you’ll need to check here are the first and last ones. The other three
can be unchecked. Go ahead and click “Finish” and Picasa will load up. The first thing it
asks you is where you want it to search for your pictures. I know my pictures are in the
My Pictures folder, so I’m just going to select this first option here and click “Continue”.
Picasa will find the photos you just transferred and display them. Next it will ask you if
you want to use the Picasa Photo Viewer instead of the built-in Windows photo viewer. I prefer
the built-in Windows functionality, so I’ll go ahead and select this option and click
“Finish”. The main Picasa interface shows a lot of features such as quick searching,
tagging, slideshows, collages, and a lot more. But one of the coolest new features in Picasa
is its ability to recognize faces in your pictures. Here you can see it scanning each
picture and collecting faces to present to you. You can then tell Picasa who that person
is one time.
After that, Picasa will make suggestions of other people it thinks might be that same
person. You can then click on the person’s name and it will show you all the pictures
in which that person was tagged. You can switch from the face view to the full picture by
licking this button. This facial recognition feature makes finding people in your photos
MUCH easier. Picasa has some pretty powerful editing capabilities
as well. Just double-click any photo to see them. You can crop, straighten, remove redeye,
adjust color and contrast, add text, and even touch up your photos. There are effects you
can apply to your photos as well, like Sepia, Black and White, and Glow, and they can all
be undone if you don’t like the result. Play around with Picasa and see what you can
create! Now that I’ve shown you how to import pictures
into your computer and a good way to organize them, we’ll go a step further in next week’s
video, where I’ll show you how to create holiday greeting cards with your pictures
and print them up at a local store such as Walgreens or Walmart.
Thanks for watching this week’s video. My name is Matt Bauer for My Computer Works and
we’ll see ya next time.