Here’s how to get your photos from your camera to your computer

If your memories are being held hostage on your camera’s memory card, the best thing you can do to free them is enlist a hostage negotiator.

Here are a couple of them:

  • Google. Type in “how to get pictures from camera to computer” and you’ll find 207 million results. Click on one of them and follow the instructions.
  • A handy link. Click here to find a helpful tip from Microsoft Windows.
  • A card reader. Can’t find your camera’s USB cable? Get your hands on a “multi slot memory card reader.” Google it, shop for it on Amazon, stop at electronics store. Plug your camera card in one end and the card reader into your computer. Ta, da! Connected.
  • Delegate. Hire a photo organizer to figure it out for you and make something beautiful with your images.
  • Still stumped? Bring the camera, memory card and all, to a camera shop. A real, live “hostage negotiator” will help you find the memory card, extract the photos and get them printed out for you. If you spent over $100 on your digital camera, don’t hesitate to spend 19 or 29 cents an image.

I gave a lecture last week on the “ABCs of Photo Organization.” After 45 minutes of hearing about the evolution of photography, ideas for enjoying photos and leads on websites, one woman wrote this on her evaluation: “I don’t know how to put my digital photos on my computer, so I’m lost with regard to the online storage.” Great suggestion: I need to describe how to get on base before I explain how to hit a home run.

Yup, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Take the single step to reconnect with your memories.

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