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Photo Booth

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Photo Booth
Photo Booth running on OS X Yosemite
Developer(s) Apple Inc.
Stable release 7.0 (Mac OS X version) / October 16, 2014; 5 years ago (2014-10-16)
Operating system OS X 10.4 or later
Type Photo capture program
License Proprietary
Website Photo Booth
Photo Booth for iOS
Developer(s) Apple Inc.
Stable release
iPad 2, 3rd and 4th generations, Air and Air 2
iPad Mini 1st generation, 2, and 3
8.3 (12F69/12F70) (April 8, 2015; 5 years ago (2015-04-08)) [±]
Operating system iOS (iPad 2 or later and iPad mini or later)
Type Photo capture program
License Proprietary
Website Photo Booth

Photo Booth is a software application for taking photos and videos with an iSight camera by Apple Inc. for Mac OS X and iOS (on the iPad and iPad Mini available only starting with the iPad 2).[1][2]

Photo Booth consists of a single window containing a viewer that provides a preview when taking photo snapshots or video clips. Thumbnails of saved photos and videos are displayed along the bottom of the window. These can be shown or played by double clicking on the thumbnails.

Clicking the large red button underneath the preview area will take a picture,to get a countdown just change that in the camera app, after which a photo is snapped or a video clip begins recording, depending on which setting is selected. Effects can be applied by clicking on the "Effects" button. In addition, users can apply backdrops to provide an effect similar to a green screen. When a backdrop is selected, a message appears telling the user to step away from the camera. Once the background is analyzed, the user steps back in front of the camera and is shown in front of the chosen backdrop.[3]


Photo Booth has two sets of image effects that can be applied when taking a picture. The first set contains photographic filters similar to those in Adobe Photoshop, and additional effects may be downloaded from websites.

In the latest version of Photo Booth included with Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard, the application incorporates the Chroma key technology which is used in professional film making to replace the background of a frame with an image or a video clip. Photo Booth incorporates this technology by recognizing a still background, then replacing it with either a pre-set image or movie clip, or allowing the user to choose their own background.

Backgrounds are available only on Macs featuring an Intel processor. By default, Photo Booth's live preview and captured images are reversed horizontally, to simulate the user looking into a mirror; however, it can flip the image automatically or upon request to provide a true-to-life representation.

See also


  1. ^ Galen Gruman (4 August 2011). Mac OS X Lion Bible. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 276–. ISBN 978-1-118-14326-1. 
  2. ^ Maria Langer (21 September 2012). OS X Mountain Lion: Visual QuickStart Guide. Peachpit Press. pp. 610–. ISBN 978-0-13-308808-3. 
  3. ^ Steve Johnson (15 October 2013). OS X Mavericks on Demand. Que Publishing. pp. 345–. ISBN 978-0-7897-5218-5. 

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