Save Time Uploading Pictures With a Card Reader {and a giveaway}

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Ever stumble across a little thing that is both affordable and enjoyable/useful? When I do, I get so giddy it’s ridiculous. 😉 Today I am talking about one such item: the Kingston card reader.

For a LONG time I used the USB cord that came with my camera to upload pictures from my camera to my computer. When I went to Savannah last year, all the other photogs had snazzy little card readers and I started thinking “what’s the big benefit?” So, when I came home, I started doing some research and basically the main reason card readers are advantageous is because of the speed the pictures can be uploaded.

After finding out the benefit of a card reader, I went shopping for one. I found the Kingston card reader at Amazon and was first incredulous that it could be any good because it only cost $16 (it is now $13). However, the wonderful ratings it had convinced me to give it a try.

Wow! Was I surprised at what a little treasure I had! It was super easy to use and pulled the pictures from my card very quickly!

The reader takes multiple memory card types, including those most used by DSLRS: SD and CF (compact flash). Above you can see my Lexar Pro CF card in the reader.

Once you connect the reader to the USB cord (that comes with it), or put it in the USB port in your laptop (there is a cord for those who need extensions, like me, or just insert the short attached cord to your laptop), a dialogue box will likely open up and you can choose the program you wish to use to import. Above you can see that I am given the choice of two Organizers (because I have multiple PSE versions on my PC), Adobe Bridge (for CS5) and Lightroom. After selecting, just import as you did before.

See the two readers in the background of the above images? Those were purchased by me, to give to TWO lucky winners from today’s giveaway! I have them ready to ship out as soon as the giveaway ends.



Thank you to all who entered. Winning comment numbers were:

Here are your random numbers:
169 131
Timestamp: 2012-02-22 20:45:08 UTC

I am in the process of identifying the winners and emailing them.

To enter to win one of the two readers, simple tell me if you (primarily) edit on a desktop or a laptop. For example, I have both a desktop and a laptop, but the majority of my editing is on my desktop, so my answer would be desktop.

  • One entry per person
  • Entry must be left on THIS BLOG POST not at Facebook
  • Giveaway ends Tuesday, February 21st at 11:00 PM
  • Winners have one week to respond to my email, after which an alternate winner will be chosen
  • Winners chosen via

Disclaimer: The Amazon links included in this post are affiliate links, meaning I earn up to 4% on sales made on the item or other items purchased when the link is used. I appreciate purchases made through these links because they help me pay for the giveaway prizes I personally provide here at Everyday Elements.

About Amanda

I am passionate about helping others learn how to use their DSLR cameras and editing programs. More information about me can be found at my About page, or by visiting my personal blog.


  1. Donna Williams says:

    I edit on my laptop!

  2. I use my desktop primarily. Thank you and good luck to everyone!

  3. I edit on my laptop! 🙂

  4. Hi! I edit on my desk top. (on a new iMac that i <3) Thanks for doing the give away!!

  5. Laptop, but would probably rather do it on a desktop.

  6. I do all my editing on my laptop.

  7. have both, but laptop is the main one.

  8. I edit on my desktop! Thanks!

  9. I edit 100% on my laptop. It’s “my computer” and has all my textures, actions, etc on it.

  10. Ok, here goes!!! I have a laptop. Thanks so much for the chance!!!

  11. I edit primarily on my desktop, unless I’m away, in which case I use my laptop.

  12. My lovely 27 inches iMac totally changed my life and my editing time. Thank you for a chance to win!!

  13. Lisa Jimenez says:


  14. I do all of mine on my tiny laptop. I am coveting a new Mac with a big screen!

  15. I do everything from my laptop, actually the only computer we have at home!

  16. Becky Misner says:

    I always edit on my laptop.

  17. Laptop

  18. I’m devoted to my laptop. 🙂

  19. Desktop!!

  20. I edit on my laptop. For a long time now, I’ve only had the laptop as I’ve traveled a lot (or not had internet at home) but now I’m thinking of how nice it would be to have a desktop with a nice big screen. Also, I LOVE card readers (mine is on its last legs after so much abuse lately). They can change the way you feel about uploading photos! 🙂

  21. michelle murphy says:

    I use a laptop exclusively for editing. Thanks for the chance to win a card reader. Will it also do the dishes?

  22. I edit all my photos on my desktop. Where has this little gadget been all my life. Takes me forever to d/l my pics, thank you for this great giveaway!

  23. Vickie White says:

    I edit on my desktop. This sounds like it could make life so much easier!!

  24. I still do the majority of my editing on my laptop but i am learning to use my iMac, things are just painstakingly slow on it so far! (user slowness, not iMac slowness!) 🙂

  25. Always on the desktop (iMac). Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. I use my desktop, PC. This would be a nice addition as I use two cameras and can’t seem to find one or the other of the cords when I need it. End up taking the card to a photoshop where it can be put onto a disk.

  27. I edit primarily on my desktop but will soon be moving over to my new laptop. Yeah!

  28. I edit on my desktop.

  29. Carol Nielsen says:

    I have both but edit in PSE on desktop.

  30. My HP laptop

  31. Glad I finally got around to reading my blogs! I use my laptop with PSE to edit my pics! Thanks for the opportunity!

  32. Congratulations Sandy and Jennifer on your win of the card reader! 🙂

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