Project Description

This video helps you understand how to copy images from a camera card using Exposure. You’ll see how to preview images on your camera cards, efficiently make image selections, edit metadata, apply creative presets, automatically save backups, and more.

Photos: William Innes Photography


Because Exposure does not use a catalog, image copying doesn’t require a lengthy import step. Instead, it’s a fast, streamlined process that enables you to copy your photos, apply metadata, and rename them in a single step. And if you already have your photos on your system, you can use Exposure to simply navigate to them and begin working, without the need to import them.

I’ll start with Exposure launched.

Next, I’ll insert two SD camera cards that have photos from a recent shoot. Exposure detects that the cards were inserted and offers to start the copy process.

Here in the copy dialog, there are three sections. Let’s walk through them in order.

Step 1: Select Source

The first step is to select your source. Exposure has automatically selected both SD cards that I inserted, which is what I want. You can also select from a quick list of shortcuts, including the sources you have copied from previously. One of my cards appears here because I have copied from it before. You can also drag and drop any folders from Finder or Explorer to add them as a source location.

You can select multiple locations in the source tree, including subfolders, by pressing the  key in Mac or the Ctrl key in Windows. Note the Delete After Copying option, which deletes the images from your source location or locations after they are copied to your destination location. I’ll leave this unselected.

Step 2: Review Images

Now that I have both of my camera cards selected, let’s move on to step 2: reviewing images and selecting the ones to copy.

I’ll select Only New Files so that I don’t see images on either card from previous shoots that I’ve already copied to my computer. Next, I’ll close the Source and Destination panels by clicking the triangles. This expands the review grid of images so I can view it full size. You can also use the keyboard shortcuts +Shift+left-or-right--arrow.

All of the images from my source locations are selected by default. You can copy them all and do your editing and organizing once they are on your computer, or, if you prefer, you can choose the ones to copy right here in the grid. I’ll do that, as selecting them at this stage saves disk space and time, since I won’t be copying the photos I know I won’t use. I’ll uncheck them all and then use Exposure’s keyboard shortcuts to speed up the selection process by holding down the shift key to select a contiguous group of photos across multiple rows or columns and pressing the spacebar to check them.

Once I have selected all the images I want to copy from the first card, I’ll close the visual preview for that source location and select the images I want to copy from the second card. Hovering my mouse over an image displays detailed info on the image, including file, camera, and lens info.

Exposure enables you to toggle between viewing images in grid mode and in single image mode. This is handy if you want to compare two similar images more closely to determine which one to copy, or if you just like to review your shoot one larger image at a time to determine which photos to copy.

When in single view mode, you can zoom and pan on your image as needed. Now that I’ve selected all the images I want to copy. I’ll move onto step 3, selecting my destination, renaming my files, and applying different types of metadata. I’ll click the right-side triangle to expand the Destination and Options panel.

Step 3: Select Destination and Options

Selecting Standard Location as the destination option provides me with a list of five common locations. I’ll use the default option of my Pictures folder. Within my Pictures folder, I’ll create a custom subfolder, using the Ask option and capture time to name the subfolder. The ask option causes Exposure to prompt me for my custom text when I begin the file copy, which I’ll demonstrate soon when I begin the copy process.

Using this option helps streamline working with any naming presets that you save, since you don’t have to rename your custom text each time you apply the preset. I’ll click the gear icon to save this destination as a destination preset, to speed up future photo copy operations.

I’ll also make backup copies to an external hard drive. This creates pristine backups of your images exactly as they came off the card, without any other processing. With these backups, you’ll always be able to recover the images in their original state.

I’m going to use my original file names for the copy, but Exposure enables me to customize the naming as I did with my destination subfolder.

The final stage of my image copy is applying metadata to my images.This is a great way to get organized right at the copy stage, and even to apply Exposure’s creative presets.

I’ll apply a metadata preset that I’ve already created to fill out my personal info. In the caption field, I’ll apply a caption that describes the shoot. I’ll also apply several keywords and add my images to collections.

I can apply existing keywords and collections already in my library, and add new ones as well. I’ll demonstrate both. Exposure also enables you to apply one or more of its creative presets to images during the copy stage. When you add multiple presets, each is added as a virtual copy.

I’ll apply the Gold preset in the Bright folder to my images.

Exposure helpfully points out the total number of source files, files to be copied, and files to be deleted, in case you want a quick sanity check of what you are about to copy and possibly delete.

I am now ready to copy. Clicking OK starts the copy process.

The Ask prompt that I set for my destination subfolder is now prompting me to name my folder. I’ll enter my client’s name. Right after the first image has copied, I can begin organizing and performing my creative edits.