So this is going to be a quick "how I do it".
And just remember you may have a better way, you may prefer to use the software that comes with your camera (my & the Bug's other sister uses this way), etc. Maybe Bug can post in the comments how she goes about saving her pictures (or another post.)
I have a folder on one of my drives called "PHOTOGRAPHS". Real unique huh?
Within that folder I have more folders with years on them. (I know, I know, I have other folders, but they are like holding folders until I get them placed)
Within the year folders I have the date folders. I always date the folder according to the date of the picture and with a brief description (we'll be going into tagging next time). You may notice that some days have #1, #2, etc. I will do this if there are different things going on within the same day, a different camera was used, if they are scans or if someone else gave me photos. If someone else gives me the photos I will usually name the folder like this "2010-04-24 XXX pool". There are some copyright rules about using someone else's photos, including if it is a child who took the picture or someone else who took it with your camera. Best to keep track of it all.
You can also select the photos then right click and bring up the properties dialog box. Click on details tab and in the copyright field put in the name of the photographer. Downside is that you would have to check the properties of each picture if you wanted to see if someone else took it. Just easier to give them their own folder.
When plugging my camera into the computer I comes up with the following dialog box. My choice will be Open device to view files.
Having made a new folder and opening the device I will select the photo(s) and right click, choosing Cut.
Clicking in my new dated folder, I right click and choose paste. This will delete it from my camera and place it in my new folder.
As I said before there are numerous ways that you can use to download and store your photos. But whatever way you opt to use, make sure you back them up to an external hard drive and make cd copies. Don't depend on just cds for your storage media. I don't know if you can tell or not but on the second image above is a folder called Recovered. I had a cd go bad and had to purchase special software to try and retrieve it. While I saved some, I still lost quite a bit. Remember: BACK UP, BACK UP, BACK UP.
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