How To: Import photos from your camera to your computer with Windows 10

As much peaceful and fulfilling photography is, the hassles of transferring files take a toll on everyone. But it is as much necessary and important. Ever since Windows 10 has been launched, it has been extremely easy to transfer photos and videos from your camera to your computer. There are convenient options and you can even sort your photo sessions under various folders naming them as per the specific event. The procedure is easy and chronological.

To transfer photos and videos from your camera into your computer, all you need to do is follow these steps:

  1. Connect your camera and the computer

Almost all the DSLR manufacturers provide you with two sets of cables. One cable connects your camera to the TV for easy viewing and the other cable connects with the computer. Use the latter one to connect your camera and computer. The cable has two ends. The larger end is for the USB ports and needs to be plugged into the computer. The smaller end needs to be plugged into the camera.

  1. Open File Explorer and let it recognize your camera

If your camera is switched off, turn it on. Open file explorer on your computer and wait for it to recognize your camera. You can find file explorer on your taskbar at the bottom of your screen. Click the ‘This PC’ icon from program’s left edge. File Explorer provides you a list of all the external devices that have been currently connected to your computer.

Assure that you have set your camera to the display mode before connecting. This mode lets you see photos on the camera’s display. As soon as File Explorer recognizes your camera, it will appear as a distinctive icon in ‘This PC’ section. If there is a problem while connecting your camera, unplug the cable from your computer and then plug it back.

  1. Right-click on the camera icon and click on ‘How to import your photos’

As soon as you right-click on the camera icon, a pop-up menu will appear. Click on ‘How to import you photos’. An ‘Import Pictures and Videos’ window will appear. There will be further two options on the window to copy your camera file to the computer:

Option1- Review, Organize, And Group Items To Import:

This option is to be used when you want to sort your photos from several sessions. This option lets you sort the photos into groups; copying each group to a different folder. The process takes time but is convenient if you want proper classification of the photos.

Option 2- Import All New Items Now

If you want to copy all the photos from one session into one single folder, use this option. It will copy all your photos into one single folder.

If you want additional features while importing your photos, you can click on More Options. It lets you change the destination folder of your photos on the computer. It also asks you whether you want to delete the photos from your camera after importing them.

  1. If you have selected the ‘Import All Items Now’ option, type a description in Add Tags box and click Next

As soon as the ‘Add Tags’ option appears, type a short description and click next. For example, if the photos are from a friend’s wedding, you can type the words “[Friend’s name] wedding”. Windows will copy all the photos to this folder. Windows also names all the photos as “[Friend’s name] wedding 001”, “[Friend’s name] wedding 002”, “[Friend’s name] wedding 003” and so on. This will let you search the photos easily the next time you want to view them.

  1. If you have selected the Review, Organize, And Group Items To Import, click the Next button

As soon as you click the next button, Windows recognizes the time and date of the photos. It separates the photos into groups for your approval. You can now review and modify the groups before importing the pictures.

  1. If you want to keep related photos in the same place, adjust the time grouping

If you do not approve of Windows groups, then you can change them by sliding the Adjust Groups bar to the left or right. Slide to the left for smaller groups that are sorted by every half-hour you clicked a photo. Keep sliding to the right for fewer groups. If you slide to the farthest right, Windows will place everything into a single folder.

If you do not remember what is in a group of photos, then select the ‘View All Items’ option. You will find this option on the left of each group. You can now see all the photos and sort them according to your needs.

  1. Approve the selected groups, name the folders accordingly and add descriptive tags, if needed, the click the import button

You can name each group for your convenience. Select the words ‘Enter a Name’ and type the title. This title will be your folder’s name for further use. You can also add tags for better searching in the future. Go to ‘Add Tags’ and type a short description. While you type, separate each word with a semi-colon. This will let you search them easily from the Windows Search program. After you have named the groups and added the tags, click the Import button.

If you want to free the space in your camera, then select the ‘Erase after Importing’ check box that appears once the computer is done grabbing the photos from the camera. This will delete the photos from your camera. The process saves you from deleting them from your camera through those awkward menus.

It is advisable to use this option as it will free space on your camera and will leave additional room for new photos.

Once the process is complete, disconnect the camera from your computer. Remember to safely eject the cable rather than directly removing it out. Windows will now display all your folders containing new pictures.

Sumona is a technical blogger and writer. She has over 2-year experience in Photo Recovery technology. On her free time, she writes about technical tips and tutorials. Know more about Photo Recovery by clicking here:

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