Working with Picture and Movie Files

In This Chapter

  • Rating photos and movies
  • Protecting files from accidental erasure
  • Deleting unwanted files
  • Downloading files to your computer
  • Processing Raw files
  • Shrinking files for online use
  • Transferring files to a smartphone or tablet via Wi-Fi

Every creative pursuit involves its share of cleanup and organizational tasks. Painters have to wash brushes, embroiderers have to separate strands of floss, wood-crafters have to haul out the wet/dry vac to suck up sawdust. Digital photography is no different: At some point, you have to stop shooting so that you can download and process your files.


This chapter explains these after-the-shot tasks. First up is a review of several in-camera file-management operations: rate files, delete unwanted files, and protect your best work from accidental erasure. Following that, you can get help with transferring files to your computer, processing files that you shot in the Raw (NEF) format, preparing images for online sharing, and using the camera's built-in Wi-Fi system to send pictures to a smartphone or tablet. Along the way, I also introduce you to Nikon's free photo software, Nikon ViewNX 2, which offers an easy way to handle many of these jobs.

Rating Photos and Movies

Using your camera's Rating feature, ...

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