This post covers how to transfer your photos from your Canon camera to your computer. One of the biggest mistakes photographers make is to leave their photos on their camera and do nothing with them.
This article will help you choose the best way to transfer your photos to your computer so that you can save, edit, and enjoy them more.
There are 3 main ways to do this transfer, each with it's own advantages and disadvantages. We'll explore all three in detail and that will help you find the best photo transfer method from the Canon you shoot with.
1. Wireless Transfer
3. Remove Memory Card
This is my least favorite transfer method, but your situation may be different than mine.
Using Bluetooth and WIFI are the two ways you can transfer photos from your Canon camera wirelessly to your computer. You can find the settings to set up the transfer in your camera's menu system. Follow the sequence of instructions in your camera's manual or go to the USA.Canon website for how to instructions.
ADVANTAGES: You don't need to remove your SD memory card from your camera and plug it into an adapter and USB port on your computer. Additionally, you don't have to fumble around with a cord tethered between your camera and your computer.
You can also transfer the images wirelessly to your computer as you shoot if you are doing your photography at home or office where your camera is in WIFI/Bluetooth range.
DISADVANTAGES: Setting up the WIFI or Bluetooth connection can be challenging and confusing. Wireless connections can be slow to transfer photo image files and can also be inconsistent at times.
To transfer your photos from your camera you have to have the EOS Utility installed on your computer.
I found the required EOS Utility software needed to transfer photos to be initially disappointing to use, so I've avoided using it for more than 20 years. I do all of my editing in Photoshop and Lightroom. I tried Canon EOS Utility software when I first started using Canon DSLRs, namely the Canon 10D and did not like it.
You can connect your camera to your computer directly with a micro USB to regular USB cord.
This was the 1st method of transferring photos to my computer that I used when I started dabbling in digital photography. This was back in the days when USB 1.0 was the standard and it was rather slow.
After shooting a wedding or an extensive portrait session, I had hundreds of RAW image files that took forever to download to my computer. USB has evolved and is much quicker nowadays and might be the right choice for you.
ADVANTAGES: Using a hardwired cable is faster than a wireless transfer. You don't have to handle your memory card at all and worry about dropping it accidentally, or the electrical contacts getting dirty.
DISADVANTAGES: You have to use a cord and attach it to your camera and attach it to your computer each and every time you want to transfer your photos. Although it's a small amount, you're using up some of your camera battery power.
You can transfer your photos from your camera by removing the camera memory card from its slot and inserting it into a USB adapter or directly into a card reading slot on your computer.
This is the best transfer technique for me personally. I find it to be the most convenient for my shooting style. I do 95% of my photo shoots on location rather than in my home studio. When I return from a photos shoot it's super easy to remove my memory card from my Canon and insert it directly into a memory card slot on my computer.
ADVANTAGES: This is the fastest way to move photo files from your camera to your computer. You're not using up any camera battery power as the camera must be turned off when you remove the memory card.
DISADVANTAGES: You will cause some wear and tear on your memory card slot door, the memory card itself, and the port on your computer, from repeated removals and insertions.
Is this wear and tear a significant risk? You be the judge on that one. I've never had a memory card, camera slot, or computer slot issue with over 20 years of using this card transfer method.
All 3 methods of transferring your photos from your Canon camera work fine. Wireless transfer are much improved. Tethering with a cable is reliable and using your memory card is fast and convenient.
No matter which transfer technique you use, make sure you make it a regular practice. One of the biggest drawbacks of digital photography is the tendency to leave your photographic image on your camera. Editing, printing and sharing enhances your enjoyment of photography and is easier to do once your image files have been copied to your computer.
Have a blast. Shoot a Canon!
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