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How to Use Photo Booth to Record Secretly

Updated April 17, 2017

If you are an evil kid brother or a mischievous friend, you may be trying to devise the perfect prank on your older sibling or friend. One idea is to secretly record video of them on Photo Booth. The yielded footage could then be used as blackmail, or as a way to embarrass your friend, brother or sister. Whatever your motives may be, all you need access to is a little imagination and a Mac computer to conduct this tricky gag.

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  1. Remove Photo Booth from the dock. To do so, click on the icon and drag it away. Then, open Finder, select the "Applications" folder and double-click on "Photo Booth" to launch the application.

  2. Start recording video. To do so, click on the grey film roll icon, then select the red camcorder icon. A 3-second timer will mark the recording process. The video's file will be stored on the Mac's hard drive.

  3. Go to "Photo Booth" in the menu bar and select "Hide Photo Booth" to hide the running application from the dock and your desktop view.

  4. Place a piece of electrical tape, or a small black sticker, over the green recording light at the top centre of your Mac OS X 10.3 or later computer.

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Things You'll Need

  • Black tape

About the Author

E. Grace Gibbons started writing in 2006 as a contributing writer for CNHI Publications. In 2009 she became an interim editor at the "Press-Republican" then returned to editorial writing in 2010 as a senior reporter at Johnson Newspaper Corp. Gibbons holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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