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Transfering pictures from my Canon EOS Rebel 300d to my computer

Staci Albright , Sep 25, 2012; 12:32 p.m.

How do I do this, What do I need? All I have in my posession is the camera body, batteries, and memory cards but I dont have anything else. I am in the process of buying a 18-55mm IS lens so I am mainly wondering what other things do i need? I'm going to start with only one lens for now. other than lenses and a camera bag, what else do i need? I know i need the software but I dont know what type (if there is a certain type specially for my camera). If you could give me tips on what cites I could find these things (possibly as cheap as possible, but good quality) that would be great.

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Rob Bernhard , Sep 25, 2012; 12:42 p.m.

My recommendation is:

1. Install Google's free Picasa tool for now. Let it download the photos from the memory card reader for you. It should organize your photos into a date-based folder structure.

2. Get a Compact Flash card reader. Take the cards out of the camera and put them in there when you're ready to download.

JC Uknz , Sep 25, 2012; 12:44 p.m.

I solved this problem last week when my wife's card was full and my big cards wouldn't work in her rather early camera which she loves .... my 'second camera' which I lent her was "too heavy". Lighter than yours :-)
I bought a card reader which accepts SDHC cards and then fits into the USB socket of her laptop.
There are also other readers about 2" square which handle CF cards and other kinds which you may need for your camera's cards. The little Kodak SD reader cost about US$17 from Radio Shack, about the same was the cost of the SD/CF reader back in NZ. Both work well and come up in Windows as an external source [ don't know how Apple works :-) ] for files to be accessed and transferred into your computer.

JC Uknz , Sep 25, 2012; 12:47 p.m.

There is no need to get any programme because Windows Explorer will do it all for you. Been doing so for me for the past decade or so.

Rob Bernhard , Sep 25, 2012; 12:52 p.m.

[[There is no need to get any programme because Windows Explorer will do it all for you. Been doing so for me for the past decade or so.]]

There is a need to get a program, because it's starts you thinking about organization. I can't count how many times people have come to me (or that I've seen here on photo.net) with a complete mess of photo organization. The time spent trying to sort it all out is a complete loss.

A program such as Picasa (and there are others, of course) will centralize the images, index them, and provide a coherent directory structure that can be used by other image management program. It has the added bonus of also being an entry level non-destructive editor.

JDM von Weinberg , Sep 25, 2012; 01:13 p.m.

Regardless of what program you use (and Canon's own that came with the camera works pretty well for the first step of getting the image over), the main thing is that it is usually a lot more convenient, frequently faster, and generally less hassle to use a card reader. However, you should have got a USB cable to connect the camera directly, if you choose to go that route. The manual has details. If you don't have the manual, download one from the Canon USA (e.g., link) or other national site. The other software is usually available in the same general area for your model.

The card readers are available incredibly cheaply, post paid, from China on eBay - usually called something like a USB All-in-One card reader. It can take from a week to several weeks for the China to US (if that's where you are) mails to operate.

Staci Albright , Sep 25, 2012; 01:17 p.m.

With Picasa, will my personal photos be uploaded for anyone to see or do I have an option? to post pics or not?

Rob Bernhard , Sep 25, 2012; 01:20 p.m.

[[(and Canon's own that came with the camera works pretty well for the first step of getting the image over]]

The OP purchased the camera used. I assumed the list of included items was complete and that the disks were not part of the purchase. Given the effort it takes to get the software installed if you don't have the original disks and are less than familiar with such things as registry entries, I chose to leave that discussion for another time.

Rob Bernhard , Sep 25, 2012; 01:22 p.m.

[[With Picasa, will my personal photos be uploaded for anyone to see or do I have an option? to post pics or not?]]

Picasa will not upload any photos anywhere until you specifically select photos and push the Share button.

Staci Albright , Sep 25, 2012; 01:26 p.m.

okay. And you havnt had any problems with installing it from the internet? Im very paranoid about installing or downloading anything from the internet


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