What is Photo Booth?

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Photo Booth is a Mac OS X photo and video recording application for Macs that can utilize a Mac's built-in or externally attached iSight video camera.  Photo Booth also works with external web cams and camcorders.
photo_booth_icon.pngPhoto Booth was released in October 2005 and was available only on Macintosh computers that had a built-in iSight camera running Mac OS X Tiger.  Since that time however, Apple has bundled Photo Booth with the Mac OS X Leopard operating system.  Therefore, it is installed on all new Macs.  Note that the video recording feature was added in Leopard.

Easy to use
The software integrates with other Mac OS X applications including iChat, Mail, and iPhoto.  It also works with third party instant messaging programs.  An ideal use for Photo Booth is to take a picture for use as a personal Buddy Picture or avatar.  Photo Booth will only launch if a camera is on and detected by Mac OS X.

Cool Features and Special Effects
A fun feature of Photo Booth are the included Special Effects.  More than two dozen bundled built-in effects and backdrops can be applied to photos including:
  • Black & White
  • Sepia
  • Glow
  • Color Pencil
  • Thermal Camera
  • X-Ray Pop Art
  • Bulge
  • Dent
  • Twirl
  • Squeeze
  • Mirror
  • Light Tunnel
  • Fish Eye
  • Stretch
  • May 2, 2009 - content revision
Created: 1:18 PM on Aug 18, 2008
By: switchtoamac