Click the thumbnails to select the images you want to download then choose DownloadODownload Selected to download the images To download all images choose DownloadODownload

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Digikam then downloads the images to an album (you have to select an existing album or create a new one). You can view the photos in Digikam and edit the photos in The GIMP or your favorite photo editor.

Figure 15-1:

After connecting your digital camera, click AutoDetect in this dialog box.

Figure 15-1:

After connecting your digital camera, click AutoDetect in this dialog box.

Figure 15-2:

Digikam displays the thumbnails of the photos in the camera.

Figure 15-2:

Digikam displays the thumbnails of the photos in the camera.

To view your photo album in Digikam, click My Albums on the left-hand side of the Digikam main window, and it displays thumbnail images of the photos on the right-hand window (see Figure 15-3).

Figure 15-3:

You can view your photo album in Digikam.

Figure 15-3:

You can view your photo album in Digikam.

Digikam also includes an image editor. If you double-click a thumbnail in the photo album, Digikam opens that photo in the Digikam Image Editor, as shown in Figure 15-4. In the Digikam Image Editor, you can perform some limited image-editing tasks such as rotating images or converting them to black and white or sepia.

Don't despair if Digikam doesn't recognize your digital camera or if you are using the GNOME desktop and Digikam is not installed by default. You can still access the digital camera's storage media (compact flash card, for example) as a USB mass storage device, provided that your camera supports USB mass storage. To access the images on your USB digital camera, use the following steps (by the way, I prefer transferring photos this way because I don't have to run any camera application such as Digikam):

1. Read the camera manual and use the menu options of the camera to set the USB mode to Mass Storage.

If the camera doesn't support USB Mass Storage, you cannot use this procedure to access the photos. If the camera supports the Picture Transfer Protocol mode, you can use Digikam to download the pictures.

Figure 15-4:

You can touch up photos in the Digikam Image Editor.

Figure 15-4:

You can touch up photos in the Digikam Image Editor.

2. Connect your digital camera to the USB port by using the cable that came with the camera, and then turn on the camera.

This causes SUSE Linux to detect the camera. If you are using KDE, the Konqueror file manager opens the contents of the camera in a window. In GNOME, the F-Spot application displays a dialog box that asks whether you want to import the photos. In either desktop, you end up accessing the folders in your digital camera's memory card. The names of the folders depend on your camera model. For example, in Nikon Coolpix cameras, the photos are in folders named 10 0nikon, 101nikon, 102nikon, and so on, but these folders reside in another folder named dcim. Open the photo folder and you can see the thumbnail of the photos, as shown in Figure 15-5.

3. Click to select photos you want and copy them to your hard drive by dragging and dropping them into a selected folder.

4. Close the file manager windows, turn off the camera, and disconnect the USB cable from the PC.

Who needs a digital camera application when you can access the camera just like any other storage device?

Figure 15-5:

You can access your camera as a USB mass storage device.

Figure 15-5:

You can access your camera as a USB mass storage device.

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