Downloading with a USB Cable

Downloading images using the USB cable supplied with the camera is as simple as connecting the camera and the computer using a USB cable. Because you must turn the camera on during download, ensure that the battery charge is sufficient to complete the download without interruption.

In This Appendix

Downloading with a USB cable

Downloading with a card reader

Updating the XSi/450D

Canon provides programs for downloading and organizing images. Other programs are available for these tasks, but for this appendix, I use the Canon programs in the examples.

Reference For details on choosing JPEG or RAW capture options, see Chapter 2.

Before you begin downloading images, be sure that:

♦ The camera battery has a full charge

♦ You've installed the programs on the EOS Digital Solution Disk

Follow these steps to download pictures to your computer:

1. Turn off the camera, and then insert the USB cable into the digital terminal located on the side of the camera under the rubber cover. Be sure that the symbol on the top of the cable plug faces the front of the camera.

2. Insert the other end of the USB cable into an available USB slot on your computer.

3. Turn the camera power switch

On. The device driver software installs, and then a program selection screen appears. If Windows XP displays a Found New Hardware Wizard dialog box, click Cancel. An AutoPlay window appears.

4. Select Canon EOS Utility in the program selection screen. If

Windows asks you to select a program to launch the action, click EOS Utility, click Always use this program for this action in Windows XP, or click Always do this for this device in Windows Vista, and then click OK, if necessary. The EOS Utility window appears on the computer screen, and the Direct Transfer screen appears on the camera's LCD monitor. On the camera's LCD, the All images option is selected.

5. Press the Set button to transfer all images to the computer.

Alternately, you can press the down cross key to select one of the following options:

Organize and Back Up Images

One of the most important steps in digital photography is establishing a coherent folder system for organizing images on your computer. With digital photography, your collection of images will grow quickly, and a well-planned filing structure helps to ensure that you can find specific images months or even years from now.

Another good practice is to add keywords to image files. Some programs allow you to display and search for images by keyword —a feature that can save you a lot of time as you acquire more and more images.

The most important step is to back up images on a CD or DVD regularly. Many photographers make it a habit to burn a backup disc right after downloading pictures to the computer. Also, as with images on the computer, it's a good idea to have a filing system for your backup discs as well.

• New images. The camera automatically chooses and transfers images that haven't already been transferred to the computer and asks you to confirm the transfer. Press the right cross key to select OK, and then press the Set button.

• Transfer order images. To use this option, select the Playback menu on the camera. Select Transfer order, and then press the Set button. The Transfer order screen appears. Select Sel. Image, and then press Set. An image appears. Press the left or right cross key to select an image, and then press the up or down cross key to place a check mark in the upper-left area of the image. Repeat this process for all the images that you want to transfer. Press the Menu button twice to save your image selections to the Secure Digital (SD) card. The Menu screen displays.

• Select and transfer. Press the left or right cross key to select individual images, and then press the Set button.

• Wallpaper. Select if you want to use one of the images on the medial card as the wallpaper for your computer screen.

6. To transfer images, press the Print/Share button on the back of the camera or click the Starts to download images option in the EOS Utility screen on your computer. The Print/Share button, located to the right of the LCD panel, has a printer icon with a wavy arrow under it and is highlighted in blue. The blue Print/Share light blinks as the images transfer to your computer. The All images transfer screen appears as the images are downloaded to the computer. Then a Transferred screen appears. On the computer, transferred images are displayed in a Quick Preview window, and Digital Photo Professional opens to display all images.

7. Press the Set button to select OK on the Transferred screen on the camera. The Direct transfer screen reappears on the camera. The Digital Photo Professional screen appears on the computer and displays all the transferred images.

8. Turn off the camera, and then disconnect the cable from the camera and the computer.

After the images are downloaded to the computer, you can choose the task that you want to do next from the panel or toolbar in the Digital Photo Professional window.

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