I have a Nikon D5100. Recently, since I got a new computer, I no longer have the Nikon raw converter/editor software installed. I decided to try my luck with just uploading my photos to apple's iPhoto program & editing them in Photoshops RAW editor. The photos upload fine to iPhoto, but I have not been able to get them to open in Photoshop RAW no matter what I try. I first tried dragging a photo (which says in iPhoto that it is still the raw NEF file,) directly onto the photoshop logo in my dock, but that had no response at all. I then tried opening the photo directly from Photoshop with File>Open. This opened the image in Photoshop but automatically converted the image to a JPEG for some odd reason. Finally, I tried dragging the photo from iPhoto to the desktop to see if it was a problem with iPhoto specifically, but the computer automatically converted the photo to JPEG once on the desktop. Anyone know what I can do to get it to open as its actual file is, a NEF raw format? (And yes, my Camera Raw CC program is completely up-to-date.)
I think you need to keep iPhoto out of it. I'm not a Mac user, but I understand iPhoto has its own way of doing things.
Just copy the NEFs from your memory card directly to your hard drive. That's the normal way to do it. A card reader is preferred for file integrity and safety reasons, but you can also connect the camera directly.