If your camera is supported by gPhoto2 and you prefer to access your photos directly from your camera rather than fiddle with flash storage cards (or if you're just not sure whether your camera is supported or not), connect the USB cord supplied with your camera to the camera itself and then to one of the USB ports on your computer.
Once you've done that, turn the camera on, and set it to communicate with your computer. Switching the camera to Play mode, rather than Camera mode, usually seems to do the trick, but you should check your owner's manual just to be sure. If your camera is supported by gPhoto2, and the chances of that are quite good, a small window will appear, as shown in Figure 14-1. To view the images on your camera, click the Import Photos button.
A camera has been detected.
There are photos on the camera. Would you like to add these pictures to your album?
□ |Always perform this action
[ Import Photos
Figure 14-1: Your system seeks your approval before importing photos from your digital camera.
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