How to Use an iMac iSight Webcam

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Modern iMac computers all come with built in iSight cameras. (Reference 1) iSight cameras are web cameras that are built in to the iMacs display, right above the screen. You can use an iSight webcam with your iMac to take pictures in Photo Booth or to participate in video chats with friends from all over the world. Using an iMac iSight webcam is easy, and in some cases you don't even have to turn it on.

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Things you need

  • iMac with built in iSight camera

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    Photo Booth

  1. 1

    Open Photo Booth. Photo Booth is in your Dock or in the hard drive/Applications folder.

  2. 2

    Pose for the picture.

  3. 3

    Press the camera icon under the photo window. The iSight webcam will take the picture in 3 seconds.

    Video Chat

  1. 1

    Open your video chat software on your iMac. (Reference 1) Skype, iChat and Yahoo Messenger all support video chat on Macs.

  2. 2

    Log in to your account.

  3. 3

    Call a friend using voice chat.

  4. 4

    Press the camera icon or video on icon in the open chat window. (Reference 1) A small video of your face should appear on your screen.

Tips and warnings

  • A green light will turn on when your iMac iSight camera is turned on.
  • To turn off your iSight camera, turn off the application which is using it. (Reference 1)
  • Do not backlight yourself in the iSight webcam, or your face will be too dark in the pictures or video. Place the light in front of your face for the best lighting.

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