How to Take a Picture With a MacBook Camera

Updated July 13, 2018

Both the MacBook and MacBook Pro include a camera, called iSight, located above the LCD screen. You can use this camera to take pictures, record video or participate in live videoconferencing on services like Skype. To take photographs or record video, Apple includes an application called Photo Booth, installed on MacBooks as part of the OS X operating system. Photo Booth includes several fun effects to distort your picture like a fun-house mirror. You can place yourself on a roller coaster or in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Open Finder on your MacBook and open the "Applications" folder.

Launch "Photo Booth" by double-clicking on it with your mouse.

Notice that as soon as Photo Booth launches, you can see a live video of yourself on the screen. Adjust the screen to point the camera at the object you want to photograph.

Click the red camera icon beneath the image. A three-second countdown begins. The camera automatically focuses on the object in front of the screen. In lowlight conditions, the screen flashes white when the picture is taken.

Locate the picture you just took at the bottom of the Photo Booth window. Click on the picture to view it. It will replace the live image on the main screen.

Click on either the large or small image of the picture. While holding down your mouse button, drag the image to your desktop to save, edit, e-mail or post it online.

Click on the grey camera when you want to take another picture. The camera will then turn red, signalling it is ready to take another picture.

Click on the "Effects" button to add background images when taking a picture of yourself, or to warp your picture and add other effects. Select the "Normal" setting to remove any effects.

Click on the four-window icon on the bottom left of the Photo Booth window to take four pictures within a second apart and create a four-image picture.

Click on the filmstrip icon to record video from the iSight camera. The red camera icon will change to a video player. Click it to begin recording video with sound. Click the video camera icon again to stop recording.

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