Getting images from your USB digital camera is not at all difficult. Connect your camera to your Linux system via a USB cable. Every camera is a little different, but all will have some kind of switch or setting to turn them on and allow transfer to the PC. Mine has a little jagged line with arrows at either side to represent a connection. Check your camera's manual for details.
Depending on your Linux distribution, you may find that a camera icon appears on your desktop when you plug in the camera. Click on that icon; Konqueror will open, and your camera's internal directories will be there for you to see. If such an icon doesn't magically appear, it's time for your old friend, Konqueror, to come to the rescue.
Type camera:/ in the Konqueror location field, and press <Enter>. You should see your digital camera listed in Konqueror's main window. On my system and with my USB-connected camera, it shows up as Canon PowerShot S10. Click on that icon, and you'll see folders corresponding to the way your camera stores its images. Just navigate down those directories until you get to your photo directories. One by one, preview images of the photos stored on your camera will appear (Figure 16-1).
Figure 16-1. Pictures appear as thumbnails in Konqueror.
To move (or copy) your photos into a folder, start by bringing up Konqueror's navigation sidebar by pressing <F9>. Now select the images you wish (or press <Ctrl+A> for all the images) and drag them into a folder in the navigation window on the left-hand side. That is all there is to it.
This method is perfect for casual use. But when you start taking and storing vast quantities of pictures, as happens when you discover digital photography, you'll want something more powerful. That something is digiKam.