Transferring Images

Transfer images using either a card reader or the camera itself (tethered)

Offloading Pictures from a Camera to a Computer

Ok, you have taken some cracking photos and you are now dying to see them on your computer. Firstly, do you want to load them directly from your camera or from a memory card reader? Once you are connected, which program do you need to offload them and where do you put them?

Above is a short video showing you how to do both.

Your Camera

​First thing to do is check your camera and look for the cable that came in the box. If you bought the camera second hand, maybe check the connection on the camera or look online to see what cable you need. You may have one already lying around the house.

​Your Computer, Laptop

To transfer your images from an iPad, iPhone, iPod or Android device to a PC/Mac, the cable you will need is:

  • ​Apple iPad/iPod/iPhone - Lightning, USB-C or the 30-pin connector for an iPhone 4s ​
  • ​Android Tablet/Smartphone - Most take either a USB or USB Type-C cable
  • ​USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 (faster)

Of course, the "other end" of these cables must be compatible with your camera. For example, my Canon 5D Mark IV uses either the USB 3.0 Male to Micro cable or HDMI (PC port) to Mini HDMI (camera port).

Whereas my Panasonic GH5 takes a Full HDMI (camera) to HDMI (PC) cable, a HDMI (camera) to DVI (PC graphics card port) cable or USB 3.0 to USB Type-C cable.

If you are stuck with regards to which cable you need, please comment below and tell us which camera you are using.

​Plug it in

Simply plug one end of the cable into your computer and the other end into your camera and turn the camera on. Your computer should recognise the device and automatically open a dialogue box with a few choices. I tend to "open files" and pick the ones I want to offload.

If no box appears, go to "my computer" and look at the drives attached to your computer. If you see your camera there, click on it and the memory card will open up showing you all your lovely images ready to download.


If you want to copy them to your computer. Two things:

  • 1
    ​I recommend using an external hard drive to offload to. You will be surprised at how quickly your computers' hard drive can fill up with images rendering it super slow and eventually crashing.
  • 2
    ​To move the images, please COPY AND PASTE them rather than CUTTING AND PASTING.

Expanding on point two above, if you "cut and paste" your images and something goes wrong during the process (power cut etc), you are in danger of losing at least one of your images. If the power goes and your computer shuts down mid "paste" of an image, it will more than likely become corrupt and unretrievable.

If however, you "copy and paste", you are only transferring a copy to your computer so if it shuts down, you still have a copy of all your images still on the memory card/camera.

All being well, it will go smoothly and once you have comfirmed that all images have COPIED over correctly, you can safely delete them from your memory card.

I would recommend that you do this by formatting the card "in camera". This will set the card up properly with your cameras internal "thingummyjigs" (workings).

You may be able to transfer images via your camera to a computer via Bluetooth if both devices have that available. That means no wires required...yay.

Once again, any questions please post them below.