How to Take a Picture on Mac Using the Camera
Have you ever wanted to take a picture with your Mac webcam? Maybe you want to post a new profile picture to the internet or send a funny face to a friend or relative. Whatever the intention, it’s easy to snap pictures with a Macs built-in camera, allowing you to take selfies with your Mac. Exciting, right?
Nearly every Mac comes with a webcam built-in to the display, the camera is located near the top and middle of the screen bezel. Obviously if the Mac does not have a camera it won’t be able to take a picture, but every MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and modern iMac contain the bezel screen camera. The quality of the pictures will depend on the quality of the Macs FaceTime camera, newer models tend to have higher resolution cameras.
How to Take Pictures with the Mac Webcam
Ready for taking selfies with your Mac? I bet you are, here we go:
- Open the Photo Booth application, it’s found within the /Applications/ folder on every Mac
- When you’re ready to take a picture, click the red camera button to begin a countdown to snap the photo
- Take additional pictures as desired
- Click the thumbnail of the image you want to save, share, or export in the panel below to bring the picture out of Photo Booth
Once you have captured a picture or two (or many if you are a selfie addict), you can save them.
Saving & Sharing Selfies Taken on the Mac
Photo Booth allows you to export pictures through the “File” menu and save any images as a file somewhere else in your file system. If you didn’t export a file you can also extract it manually by digging around for the raw Photo Booth file location.
Another export option is to use the “Share” button in Photo Booth, this allows you to quickly send a photo through AirDrop, Messages, eMail, add it to notes or Photos, or post it to a social media service like Twitter or Facebook.
Photo Booth can also take short video clips, but a better way to record video on the Mac using the camera is to use QuickTime.
The Photo Booth app has several other tricks up its sleeve, you can disable the countdown or screen flash if you want, flip the images, use the app as a mirror (I’ve seen this multiple times), and if you really want to get crazy you can add additional hidden special effects to the app.
Have any other fun tips for Photo Booth, taking pictures with your Mac, or other selfie action? Let us know in the comments.