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How to Take a Photo on a Mac

Taking a photo with a mac

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There are two ways to capture images on a Mac – by using the Photo Booth app or via screenshots. In this guide, we’ll cover both how to take a selfie using the camera and how to capture a screenshot.

How to take a photo on a Mac using Photo Booth

Whether you need a new profile picture or want to send a family photo to a long distance relative, it’s easy to take a snap with the built-in camera on your Mac. Here’s how.

1. Open the Photo Booth app (found inside the Applications folder).

Open Photo Booth app

2. When you’re ready, click the red camera button to start the countdown to your photo.

Click red camera button to start countdown

3. The screen will flash white when Photo Booth captures the image.

Screen will flash White

4. Click the thumbnail of the image you’ve just taken to save or share it.

What else can you do with Photo Booth?

Photo Booth offers additional functionality to help make sure you get the right shot. You can choose to disable the countdown timer or screen flash, for example, as well as flip your images if you’d prefer them mirrored. What’s more, you can add effects to your images too, such as adjusting the colour with sepia or black-and-white filters, or distorting your image with visual effects like Fish Eye or Stretch.

How to take a photo on a Mac by screenshotting

Whether you need to take a screenshot for work, record-keeping or simply to capture an interesting moment on your computer, there are three ways to do this on a Mac.

How to capture the entire screen

1. Press Shift + cmd/⌘ + 3. This will capture a screenshot of every display.

Press Shift + cmd/⌘ + 3

2. You can find the screenshot on your desktop.

How to capture a window

1. Press Shift + cmd/⌘ + 4.

Press Shift + cmd/⌘ + 4

2. Press Space (this will change the pointer to a camera).

Press Space

3. Click a window to capture it.

Click a window to capture

4. You can find the screenshot on your desktop.

How to capture a section of the screen

1. Press Shift + cmd/⌘ + 4.

Press Shift + cmd/⌘ + 4

2. Click and hold your mouse over the portion of the screen you’d like to capture.

Click and hold your mouse over the portion of the screen

3. Capture your screenshot by releasing the mouse.

Capture your screenshot by releasing the mouse

4. You can find the screenshot on your desktop.

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