This is not a place to choose individual folders, such as snow boarding, Paris trips, etc., but a top-level folder to store all sub-folders in. This way, the top folder is the collection of albums, and the folders are the individual albums. We will define these individual folders before we download from our camera.
After we set up the folder, we will follow Import -> Camera -> Add Camera and then select our camera from the Camera Configuration window:
After selecting our cam from the window and go back after clicking OK. We now follow Import -> Camera and select our cam. In this example, we choose the Kodak C653. In the newly opened window, we will have to wait a couple of seconds while Digikam retrieves the photos. After all is complete, we can either select individual photos or all images to download.
The images are downloaded to the directory that we defined/selected previously and we are done.
Do not underestimate the capabilities of Digikam. I strongly recommend you to explore the right-pane and the menus to discover the power and flexibility that the program offers.
Picasa: That's right. Thanks to our friends at Google, we have Picasa available for Linux. Since the Linux version runs on a compatibility platform, the menus and the options are almost the same as the Windows version.You can tag, star and add captions to your photos, publish to PicasaWeb or upload to your Blogger account to blog immediately. You can also perform minor editing on your photos with a single click, Geotag your photos with Google Earth, and export your album as a web page. Do not hesitate to explore the menus for many goodies. You can add photos to Picasa by going through the Import button on the top-left corner. In the newly opened window tab, under Import Tray on the left pane, you can click on "Select Device" and choose your camera. On the right pane, you will see the previews of the images which you can select and import to your hard drive.
If you are keeping your photos in PicasaWeb (like me) for back-up/sharing, then after a failure or a new installation, you can retrieve all your photos with two clicks. Picasa also lets you make immediate slideshows on the screen and export your photos as movies to burn directly to cd/dvds. It is also one-click away to have your photos printed.
Picasa is also a very powerful application that is seamlessly integrated with Google services as we would expect. With or without additional photograph managing applications, I believe Picasa should always be installed on your system for both novice and intermediate level users or photographers.
Until the next article, happy tuxing!