How to Download Images from Your Canon EOS 6D

After your shoot, the next step in completing a photography masterpiece is to download your images from your EOS 6D. You can download images directly from the camera or from a memory card reader. The latter is recommended. A memory card reader gets the job done faster. To download images to your computer from the camera:

1

Connect the USB (Universal Serial Bus) cable supplied with your camera to your computer and to the camera.

This is always necessary to download your images to your computer.

2

Click the Import/Camera Settings button, which is on the left side of the workspace.

The button expands to show the available tasks.

3

Click the Connect to EOS Camera.

The EOS Utility 6D application appears in the ImageBrowser EX window

The dialog box automatically appears when you insert a memory card in a card reader, even if the ImageBrowser EX application is not open. After the images are downloaded, ImageBrowser EX opens by default.

4

Click the desired option.

you click Download Images, the images will be downloaded into your computer’s default location for downloading images — which is not necessarily a good thing, because they’re just dumped in with everything else in the folder. Click Select and Download Images, which gives you the option of creating the folder into which the images are downloaded.

5

Select the images you want to download.

At this stage, you can just click the images you want to download, and the images you don’t download will get lost in pixel heaven when you reformat the card. Choose Select All from the drop-down menu. It’s much easier to decide whether to delete an image when you can see it full-size on your computer screen.

6

Click Download Images.

The Download Images Dialog box appears. This dialog box shows the default settings for downloading images. Notice the option to open ImageBrowser EX after the download is completed. This is for photographers who just insert a card into a card reader, or connect a camera with a card to the computer, which opens the download utility.

Also notice that the images are downloaded into the default folder for images on your computer. This is all well and good if you only shoot a couple of hundred pictures a year, but you probably bought this camera because you want to shoot lots of pictures. Therefore, it makes sense to sort the images into specific folders, either by month, by week, or by individual photo shoot.

7

Click Change Settings.

The Change Settings dialog box appears, which gives you the option to specify a different folder. The option to download the images into a subfolder is the option you should take. This organizes the images in a folder based on the month, day, and year the images were photographed.

8

Specify the desired folder or choose the option to create a subfolder.

Note that there is an option that enables you to create a subfolder. After you enable the option, click the drop-down menu and choose the desired option. Choose Shooting YearMonthDate. This option lets you store the images in a subfolder that you can easily identify.

There is also an option to give the image a new name. You might think this is wise, but if you choose this option, you’d only download one image, because then all images will have the same name.

9

Click Specify File Name.

The Specify File Name tab opens.

10

Choose Shooting YearMonthDate + Prefix + Sequence Number from the drop-down menu.

This option allows you to fine-tune the filename. The default prefix is IMG, which of course stands for image. Select IMG and then enter a prefix name that makes sense to you and will help you identify the person or place in the photographs.

11

Click Start Download.

A dialog box appears, showing you the progress of the download. The access lamp on your camera flashes while the images download.

After the download is complete, the images appear in the ImageBrowser EX's main window.

The Thumbnail mode is the default viewing mode. You can switch to a different viewing mode by clicking the desired icon at the bottom of the window. Any images or movies you protected in the camera have a lock icon above them, indicating they're protected in ImageBrowser EX as well.

You will have to change the settings to specify the desired prefix each time you download images. This may seem like a lot of work, but it beats hunting for a needle in a haystack.

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