Best and Fastest: How to Move Photos from Your Camera to Your Computer

January 27, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Best and Fastest:
How to Move Photos from Your Camera to Your Computer

 

This sounds simple but there are several options that I want to share with you.

Most important is to know that the memory card is not to be considered as one of your storage locations.  Rather it is a transport that you have to rely on for a short period of time.  So, whatever method you use to get your photos off of your memory cards do it sooner rather than later.  Memory cards are fragile, can fail, can get corruption, are vulnerable to heat and cold, and you could lose them.   Did I hit a nerve?  I hope not, but if I did, you surely understand the importance of getting photos off of the memory card that is in your camera.

Here are 4 methods in order of my preference:

  1. Put the SD Card in a card reader and use Lightroom or similar software to import images
  2. Put the SD Card in a card reader and copy the photos to your computer with drag and drop
  3. Connect a cable from your camera to your computer to copy to a folder
  4. If your camera has wireless capabilities you could import them via wifi if your camera has this option

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Method 1:  Put the SD Card in a card reader and use Lightroom or similar software to import images

This is my preferred method because I use Lightroom for my catalog of all my photos.  With Lightroom, I cull images that are throw-aways, and I can tag photos for various reasons.  Doing this helps me when I return to that folder in Lightroom, so I don't have to filter through bad photos.  I will have marked some photos as my favorites and I can filter on that small subset.

Method 2: Put the SD Card in a card reader and copy the photos to your computer with drag and drop

If you do not use a catalog program for your photos this is the next best method.  This is the fastest method because you do not have to load a program such as Lightroom with some required import settings to ensure are set.  With drag and drop, you simply need to create a folder and drag all the photos from the memory card to the new folder.

Method 3: Connect a cable from your camera to your computer to copy to a folder

This works the same as method 2 but is very slow.  So, why would you care about this?  I had a scenario that method 3 was my only option.  On a trip, I had forgotten to bring my external card reader and my laptop did not have an SD card reader built-in.  So, I had a problem, but I did have the cable to connect my camera to my USB port.  This method is very slow and you may never use it, but it is important to be aware of it in case you run into a situation that you need it.

Method 4:  If your camera has wireless capabilities you could import them via wifi if your camera has this option

I use this method to transfer to my phone and not my camera.  I rely on methods 1, 2, or 3 to get photos to my computer.   But you still need to know how to do this if your camera supports wireless connections.  With my phone, I can download photos and share them on social media, via email, or NFC to nearby cell phone users.  I use this at family outings to share a few photos right away.  I had one instance where I found some youths doing some cool skateboarding and asked to take their photos.  Once I got some great shots I air-dropped them to their cell phones.  They were excited to get their photos.

 

 


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