Uploading photos on computer - how?

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1. Posted by Rach-a (Respected Member 368 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

When I am away travelling I want to be able to upload some photos onto travellerspoint from an internet café. I don't know how to go about this. From what I understand by reading some past posts, you upload them from a memory card (which I have) to a CD and then onto the computer from the CD. I just don't know how If anyone knows please share with me - just simple text though as I get pretty confused with all the technical jargon Any help would be appreciated. I've been trying to figure this out for ages - thanx

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 6600 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Rach,

I've never actually had to do this (I take my own computer around), so I'll only tell you what I would expect to be possible!

Every internet cafe has different rules, so depending on how they're setup, some things may or may not be possible. Depending on your memory card, a good internet cafe may actually let you connect it directly. Hopefully they also have some image editing software, so you can resize the pics to something more web friendly (and within the TP limits). This may not be the case though. I wrote a post about doing the resizing using crappy ol' Paint if no other options are available.

If the internet cafe doesn't have the option to get the pics straight from your memory card, you'll need to get them on CD somewhere else first. To do this, you will probably have to go into a camera store that offers such a service. I'm not sure, but perhaps they will even include smaller web-friendly versions of the pictures on the cd. I know they do this with scans sometimes, but not having a digital camera, I'm unsure about whether they do that also.

I know it's a bit of a dodgy (possibly incorrect) answer, but it's a start. Hopefully someone who has actually done this with their digital camera can offer some more sound advice ;)

Cheers, Peter

3. Posted by Rach-a (Respected Member 368 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Peter - every bit of advice will help me. I didn't realise you could do it straight from a memory card nor go into a camera store and possibly get it onto a CD that way. You see, I got a brand New Digi Cam last Xmas but haven't really looked at how to upload pics onto the net until a couple of months back. I am at a bit of a loss but your info. has been beneficial so cheers. Hopefully though someone has done it and can provide me with some instruction before I leave on my RTW voyage

4. Posted by alainwee (Full Member 57 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


In Malaysia, most of the internet cafe provide surfing option only. The CD, USB options were usually disable.


5. Posted by kelster (Full Member 51 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Rach,

You can get photo's put on CD at most photo shops in South America. You can then use the CD at an internet Cafe or at youth hostels to send them home or put on this website (you need to ask first if you are allowed to put CD's in the computers, as some have the CD drives inaccessible, if you can't then just find another internet cafe). A few internet Cafe's in New Zealand let you link your memory card to the pc, but not many. Transferred to CD seems to be the best option, especially in South America.


6. Posted by Rach-a (Respected Member 368 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for that Kel

7. Posted by rogerb (Full Member 50 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Rachael

Simple... Take your memory card to any photographic shop, ask them to download pics onto a CD-R for you and 'hey presto'!!! Then off to the internet cafe.... ;)

I did the same last week in Naxos, it cost me 4 euro.

Have fun, Roger

8. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Rachael,
Burning onto a CD is a good idea, but can be expensive. In Oz a couple of years ago, it cost me about $15, so you have to make sure you fill the CD (about 700MB).
Some stores will charge per memory card transferred, so try to take one big one (256 or 512MB).
Most internet places will let you use their USB ports, but not all machines have CD drives in.
If the machine you use has Windows XP, you can just plug your camera into the USB port (you'll need to take your own cable) and it will detect it. Transferring files onto that PC should then be easy.
Although I think this facility was fairly new when I used it, and they may have disabled it since as it is just as easy for them to get a virus this way!

9. Posted by rogerb (Full Member 50 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hey Stevieh........ ! The lady said "keep it simple" !

TWO years ago in OZ ? ? Times have moved on now, Stevieh! $15 ? They saw you coming!

I've not found an internet cafe yet that has a 'burner' and they don't want your pics on their hard drive either! Most DO have CD drives (and they DO have AntiVirus scanners too!)

P.S. I do agree with you, Stevieh it’s always a good idea to take lots of memory….

For best price MEMORY CARDS go here ….

OR here….

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10. Posted by Rach-a (Respected Member 368 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

OK so lots of memory and a USB cable - I roughly know how to do the pictures at home onto a PC - it's just putting them onto the computer from a CD I'm a little bit stuck on now! Ah well hopefully if I don't grasp it beforehand or hear anything else here - I'll print this off and hope for the best when I'm out there! Thanks again for all the help:)