Transfer Photos to a Mac
2 Minute Miracle

OBJECTIVE

To help you get your pictures from your digital camera to your Mac.


INTRODUCTION

In an earlier video, we showed you how to transfer pictures from your digital camera to a Windows PC. However, what if you are using a Mac? In this document, we will go over just how to do that.


WHAT YOU'LL NEED

  1. A Mac running OS X
  2. A digital camera
  3. Your camera's sync cable

PROCEDURE

You will need to connect your camera to your Mac with its cables. Normally you will have one of three different cables. The method is simple: plug one end of the cable into your camera, and the other end into the computer. Typically, these cables will have a full size computer connection on one end and a smaller camera connection on the other.

  1. Firewire cable: uncommon in modern cameras
  2. Micro USB cable
  3. Mini USB cable

Uploading Pictures

  1. Plug one end of the cable into your camera and the other end into your computer.
  2. iPhoto should automatically load. If it doesn’t, click on the “Go” pull down menu, select Applications, and double click on the iPhoto icon.
  3. iPhoto should now show a preview of the photos on your camera. Here, you can give an event name to the set of photos.
  4. Next highlight the photos you want to import from the camera and click on “import selected,” or click “import all” to download all the photos on the camera.
  5. When prompted, allow iPhoto to delete the photos you have moved over from your camera. This will allow you to avoid having to pick and choose which photos to download again at a later date.

After the download is complete, you can click on Events to see your photos organized by the title you gave them (aren’t you glad you did so?) To see all your photos at a glance, click on Photos on the left side of the screen, and scroll down through your digital memories.

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Transcript

Hi I'm Ron an Agent with the Geek Squad.

Today we will show you how to transfer photos from your digital camera to a Macintosh computer.

Similar to a PC the easiest way to transfer photos from your camera to Macintosh is via a connector cable and cable port.

There are three kinds of cables normally used to connect the camera to a computer:

  • Fire wine
  • Mini USB
  • Micro USB

Transferring photos is simple, plug one end of the cable into your camera and the other end into the computer. Next turn on your camera, at this point iPhoto should automatically load up, if it doesn't click on the goal pulldown menu select applications and double-click on the iPhoto icon in the folder. Once loaded iPhoto will preview images of the photos on your camera. This might be a good time to give an event name and description to your photos, to make it easier to remember the details later.

Next highlight the photos you want to download from the camera and click import selected, or click import all to download all photos from your camera. Once the process is complete iPhoto will prompt you to delete the photos on your camera, I recommend you do so on a regular basis to avoid having to pick and choose which photos to download again at a later date. After the download is complete you can click on events and see your photos organized by the title you gave them. To see all your photos at a glance click on photos at the left side of the screen and scroll down through your digital memories.

Thanks for tuning in. We hope this helped you understand how to connect your camera to your Macintosh and automatically download photos using iPhoto.

Need more help? Visit www.geeksquad.com for more information and to check out our other 2 Minute Miracles on how to make the most out of your technology.

Want additional help with your digital photos give us a call at 1-800-4335778, check us out online or visit a Geek Squad Precinct at a Best Buy store near you.


Need More Help?

Every camera is different, but we hope the these tips helped you get you pics onto your Mac If not, we have Agents standing by to give you a hand..

Chat with an Agent online, by phone at 1-800-4335778, or at a Geek Squad Precinct inside a Best Buy® store near you.