Most USB-compatible cameras will work automatically with Fedora and require very little configuration. If your digital camera offers a choice of USB connection types, set the camera's USB setting to PTP, or point-to-point mode, before continuing with this tutorial. Consult your camera's user manual to determine if this option is available and how to choose it. If it is not available, the default settings should be sufficient.
Connecting Your Camera
To properly connect the camera to your Fedora system:
- Make sure your camera is powered off.
- Connect a USB cable from the camera to your computer.
- If your camera requires you to select a knob or dial setting before connecting it to a computer, make that selection now.
- Power the camera on.
After your camera powers on, an informational window should appear on your desktop. From the drop-down menu you can select:
- Open with gThumb Image Viewer and choose Import Photos.
- Open with F-Spot Photo Manager and select Copy.
- Open with Other Application and select the appropriate application.
If you decide you do not want to import photos, select the Do Nothing button. If you do not want to see this dialog each time you connect a camera, you can select the Always perform this action option in conjunction with the gThumb Image Viewer or F-Spot Photo Manager button to make one of the choices permanent.
Other options of accessing your photos are:
- Click on the desktop device icon that contains the photos.
- Select Places > device with your photos.
Organizing and Importing Photos
After you make your selection, Fedora loads thumbnails, or previews, of the photos from your camera into the Import Photos window. From this new window, you can:
- Tell Fedora the Destination of the imported images.
- Assign Categories from the drop-down menu.
- Deselect imported images from the camera.
- Keep original File names.
- Rotate the images.
In this dialog, you can select and/or deselect photo(s) to import by clicking on the corresponding thumbnail. To select all photos, click any photo and then press the key combination [Ctrl] +[A] . To deselect all photos, press [Ctrl] +[Shift] +[A] . Once all desired photos for import are selected, click the Import button. To cancel the entire import process, click the Cancel button. For a more detailed explanation of the options available when importing images, see the information below.
Selecting a Filing Method
Use Destination to select a folder in which to keep your photo images. Within a destination folder, you can further organize your photos by date and time, or by any other method you wish. If you enter text into the Film box, Fedora uses this text to label and organize the photos you import.
If you want Fedora to delete the images from your camera after it imports them, select Delete imported images from the camera. If you want it to use the filenames from the camera, select Keep original filenames. If you do not select this box, Fedora automatically numbers your images using the order it imports them, starting with "00001."
Categorizing Your Photos
The Categories box shows any special category labels you select to mark the photos you import. If you want to select any categories for your photos, click the ... button on the drop-down bar, which makes the category selection dialog appear.
To label your images with a category, click the checkbox next to the category name. Select as many as you wish. If you do not see a category name you like, select the New button and enter a new category name to add to the list. If you want to remove a category name permanently from the list, select the category by clicking on its name and then select Delete.
As you select categories, they appear in the Selected categories box. When you are finished, select OK to save the category names, or Cancel to forget any category selection(s).
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