Simple. Plug your card reader into the USB port or put your card into the slots on your computer. You should not be plugging your camera into the computer. Ignore and/or stop any software from taking over at this point. You can go to Preferences of that software and tell it not to load your pix. Your card will appear as a new drive (My Computer), open that, click on a few folders (DCIM is a common one) and you are looking at your pix. Control A (select all) and cut to the place you put your new pix. A dedicated folder for that is best. Trouble with letting any software do this task is it may not load all pix, it may create duplicates, it may put them in different places. You need to be organized and the best place ot start is at the beginning.
gasrocks, I was wondering why we shouldn't plug our camera directly to the computer? I've done that several times not really thinking about it. I use Picasa also. Used to put the card in, then my grandkids said, just put this into your computer, so that is why I starting connecting the camera directly into the computer. Does it do something to the camera?
pirl, I am like you, struggling all the time with the changes that come along.. thank you for asking questions regarding Picasa.
pirl, it really does work well the way gasrocks told you. I did that with all my photos of Mexico from last month. Made a folder "Mexico photos" and imported them all. There...all done, just like that. And I am an old lady too.
I will look into a card reader but it does mean taking the card out of the camera each time I want to download, right? If so it would be very inconvenient for me when I often take 200 to 300 photos a day during many days in June when lilies, Japanese irises, poppies, astilbes and more are in bloom. I take them from dawn to dusk and download each time so I can be sure I get good photos.
One caution. It is easy to forget the card is in the reader. I always use a reader since it is much faster to download. I usually take around 1000 images on a 4 or 5 hour outing, so the speed of download is important to me. I use a FireWire connection and the fastest FireWire reader that SanDisk makes.
But, I have driven over an hour to a nearby park only to find that the camera had no card in it. Now, I have several cards. One stays in my camera bag and one stays in the card reader. When I take a card out of my camera, I immediately put the one in the reader into the camera and format it, ready to go for the next shoot.
I use 32 gig SanDisk cards and have filled the card a few times, so having that extra in my cam bag is good insurance.
I give private lessons in photography. Had one student drive 50 miles to get here with their new camera. They had left the battery at home in the wall charger. Sigh. One of the first menu settings I change with a new canera is the one where you decide if you want the camera to work when there is no card in it (most, new, out of the box will do that.) Now, if you try to take a pix, it won't and big flashing NO CARD comes up. So, before going on any pix outing, take a shot before you get into the car.
Don't puit all your eggs into one basket. Do not have just one big card. Mix it up. I have a total of twenty cards, 336 GB total. I often shoot a lot of pix.
You're right. It pays to have extra cards (or at least one extra) and spare battery back-up.
I know how you felt when you left your card at home. I did that once in a different context. I wanted to vacuum the living room but left the vacuum cleaner in the mud room. Oh well, maybe someday I'll remember to bring it with me. (Go ahead and laugh!)