Copying Photos from a Card

Copying Photos from a Card

This video helps you understand how to copy images from a camera card using Exposure. Learn about how to easily rename files, edit metadata, and copy from multiple cards in a single step.

Photos: Halftone Studios

Exposure doesn’t use a catalog, nor does it require a lengthy import step. So you can begin working immediately after inserting your camera card.


And while you don’t have to use Exposure to copy your photos to your computer, we recommend it. That’s because Exposure has a number of helpful features that speed up the process and help you stay organized.

We begin the copy by inserting an SD card.

Exposure notices that a card was inserted and offers to start the copy process. You can also start the copy process by choosing Copy Photos from Card from Exposure’s file menu.

Let’s look at the copy options. There are four sections on this screen – Source, destination, file naming and metadata.

The first thing to notice is the source list. Notice that our SD card shows up in this list. Exposure can copy from multiple sources at once. To add another source just insert another SD card.

Turning on Delete Originals after Copying will erase images from your card after they have been copied. This is turned off by default. Only Copy New Photos is on by default. Exposure will remember which photos have been copied already and skip them. This helps prevent your drive from filling up with duplicates.

I want to point out the information displayed at the bottom of the screen. This tells you how many files will be copied and deleted when you press ok. These can help you make sure your copy options are set correctly.

In the Destination field, you can select either Standard Location or Other Folder to choose the folder where your photos will be copied to.

Click the Settings icon to select and manage destination presets. Exposure includes the Pictures/Year/Month-Day preset.

You see that Exposure displays the subfolders that it will generate on my desktop: a folder with the year, and a folder with the month and day. I can add additional subfolders or add additional fields for each subfolder. For example, I could add Custom Text to the month-day subfolder name.

These destination presets automate the placement of photos in subfolders, which greatly speeds up the uploading process from camera card to computer, while helping you stay organized.

Now we’ll look at File Naming.

Selecting Rename Copied Photos enables you to use Exposure’s file naming features.

Click on the Settings wheel to select Exposure’s file naming presets. Photo Sequence is the most commonly used one, although you can also create and manage your own.

Click Add… to start building the file name using the six naming components Exposure offers.  “Current Time” refers to the time that your image copy occurs.

Clicking on a component of the file name enables you to adjust its settings, or to delete it. You can also drag them to reorder them.

As you adjust your file naming, Exposure shows you an example of how your file will be named when you click OK.

If you want to save your new file naming preset, click the Settings wheel and choose Save as New Preset.

You can share a preset with a friend by choosing Export from the Manage Presets dialog. This generates a file that they can then import using the Import menu option.

Exposure gives you several options for what to do when a file with the same name already exists.
Exposure also provides similar options when selecting multiple images. If you later want to reorganize your files, use Bulk Rename. You’ll see all the same Destination and File Naming options that you had in the Copy Photos From Card dialog.

If you want to apply metadata when you copy your images from your card, click the Apply Metadata field. Enter your copyright, name, email, and address information, and Exposure will add your contact information to each image as it is copied.

After I enter this information, I can save it as a metadata preset by clicking the gear icon and choosing the save option.

The gear menu is also where I’ll find any presets I already saved.

Now I’ll click Ok to start the copy.

Now my images are being copied. I’m taken to the destination folder where I can see each image appear after it has been copied. Notice this indicator which shows the progress of the copy. Next to it is a button that lets you cancel.

There’s no need to wait until the copy has completed before working on my images. I can set start ratings or flags, or even start editing while the rest of the images are being copied.