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Chapter 1. iPhoto > Import photos from a digital memory card reader

Import photos from a digital memory card reader

You can import your photos from a digital memory card reader, even if your digital camera is not directly supported by iPhoto.

1.
Connect an appropriate card reader to your Mac using a USB cable, one that is compatible with the type of memory card in your camera.

2.
Take the digital memory card (CompactFlash, SmartMedia, SD card, Memory Stick, etc.) out of your camera and insert it in the card reader.

The card's icon appears on your Desktop, as shown to the left, indicating it has been mounted.

The card from the camera might be called a memory card, digital card, digital memory card, or even a memory stick! They all refer to the same item.This icon appears on your Desktop, named for the card that's in the reader.

3.
iPhoto automatically recognizes the memory card and opens; if iPhoto is already open, it switches to the “Import” view.

4.
To automatically erase the contents of your memory card after importing the photos, select the “Delete items from camera after importing” checkbox.

5.
Click the “Import” button. After you click “Import,” the button becomes a “Stop Import” button, in case you want to stop the import. Large preview thumbnails are displayed in the viewing area as photos are imported.

6.
Unmount the memory card: Click the eject icon next to the mounted camera icon in the “Source” pane (shown on page 6).

Or drag the memory card icon on the Desktop to the Trash.

Or Control-click on the memory card icon and choose “Eject” from the contextual menu that pops up.


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