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Taking your picture with Photo Booth

Using Photo Booth and a digital video camera, such as your computer's built-in camera or iSight, you can take a picture of yourself and select several ways to use it.
Photo Booth saves your photos as JPEG files in a folder named Photo Booth, located in your Pictures folder in your home folder. Choose File > Reveal in Finder to see your photo files.

Getting Started

  • Photo Booth can take both photos and video
  • Photos can be dragged out of Photo Booth and onto the desktop
  • Photo Booth can help students document what they've worked on with video or photos
  • Work that is done on paper can be photographed and inserted into documents - a great option for digitizing things that are easier to do on paper
  • Although Photo Booth can take video, it is probably better to use iMovie if you are filming multiple scenes that have to be put together into one movie
  • If you see a student looking at their Mac and laughing or smiling, they're most likely on Photo Booth!

To make your photo more unique, you can apply a special effect when you take it. So that you can take pictures in poor lighting, the screen flashes when Photo Booth takes a picture.
  1. If you are using an iSight or external digital video camera, make sure it's turned on.
  2. To select an effect to apply when you take the picture, click one of the Effects buttons.
  3. Click the effect you want to use. If you want a photo with no effect, click the center effect.
  4. When you're ready to take a picture, click the Shutter button below the image.
Photo Booth counts down for 3 seconds, then flashes the screen and takes the picture.
  1. To view the photo and select how you want to use it, click the thumbnail of the photo at the bottom of the window.
If you click the thumbnail of a photo and you want to take another picture, click the Live Video button below the image.

Where Can I Find More Information?

  • There's not much more to it - just play around and you'll get the hang of it