Retrieving and Saving Photos

In most cases, you'll want to preview the photos stored on the camera before retrieving them. You can then select only those photos you want to retrieve, saving on transfer time. To view small thumbnail images, select Camera O Download Index O Thumbnails or click the Download Thumbnail Index item on the gPhoto icon bar. After a few seconds, a series of numbered preview images should appear, as shown in Figure 8.4.

Figure 8.4: gPhoto presents an index of images stored on the camera.

To retrieve photos from your camera, you must first select the images you want to save. Click each image, or type Shift+A to select all of the photos. The borders around the images you select turn red. You can then retrieve the full photos in either of two ways:

• To retrieve images for subsequent manipulation within gPhoto, choose Camera 0 Download Selected 0 Images 0 Open in Window or click the Download Selected Images icon. The program loads the images and makes them available via numbered tabs next to the Image Index tab. (Figure 8.4 shows two such tabs.)

• To retrieve images and store them directly on disk, choose Camera O Download Selected 0 Images 0 Save to Disk or type Ctrl+G. The program responds by displaying a variant on a standard file selector dialog box, but instead of entering a single filename, you select a target directory and specify a filename prefix. gPhoto adds an index number and filename extension to each filename, enabling you to save multiple files in a single directory.

If you pick the first option, you can view the images by clicking their tabs. Many cameras produce pictures with resolutions higher than those produced by most monitors, though. Therefore, you may need to scroll to see the entire image, even if you maximize your gPhoto window. If you decide you want to keep an image, you can select File O Save O Opened Image(s) or click the Save Opened Image(s) icon. Using the resulting file selection dialog box, you can choose to save just the image you're viewing or all the images downloaded to that point. If you choose the former option, gPhoto saves the image to the filename you select; if you choose the latter option, gPhoto treats your filename as a prefix, as when downloading from the camera directly to disk.

Another method of saving photos is to print them. You can do this by selecting File O Print, clicking the Print Image icon, or typing Ctrl+P after viewing an image by clicking its tab. gPhoto asks for a print command, which defaults to Ipr -r. This command works fine in most cases, but you may need to add a printer destination or other options. For instance, to print to the epson printer, you would change the print command to Ipr -r -Pepson.

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