How to Import Raw Pictures From a Camera

There are several ways one can approach downloading raw images from a digital camera. The simplest and most efficient is simply connecting the camera to your computer and treating it as an external hard drive, circumventing the need for additional software.

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How to Download Raw Images from a Digital Camera to Your Hard Drive

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Connect the small end of the USB cord to the digital camera. There should be a port marked "A/V out" on the side of the bottom of most models.

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Connect the USB end of the cord to an open USB port on your computer.

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Turn on the camera and allow from a few seconds to a minute for your computer to recognize the device.

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After the device has been recognized, click on "My Computer" if you are using a PC. If you are using a Mac, click on your hard-drive icon.

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Find the camera under "Devices with Removable Storage" or "Scanners and Cameras."

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Double click on the camera icon.

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Double click on the folder that appears.

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Select all the pictures by clicking "ctrl+a" on a PC or "butterfly+a" on a Mac. Then, while they are all selected, click "ctrl+c" on a PC or "butterfly+c" on a Mac.

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Open the folder to which you want to copy the pictures, and click "ctrl+v" on a PC or "butterfly+v" on a Mac.