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Canon® EOS Rebel XSi/450D Guide to Digital SLR Photography by David D. Busch

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Using a Card Reader and Software

You can also use a memory card reader and software to transfer photos and automate the process using the EOS Utility, Photoshop Elements’ Photo Downloader, or the downloading program supplied with some other third-party applications. This method is more frugal in its use of your XSi’s battery and can be faster if you have a speedy USB 2.0 or Fire Wire card reader attached to an appropriate port.

The installed software automatically remains in memory as you work, and it recognizes when a memory card is inserted in your card reader; you don’t have to launch it yourself. With Photoshop Elements 6.0’s Photo Downloader, you can click Get Photos to begin the transfer of all images immediately or choose Advanced Dialog ...

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