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Photo Booth is a small software application for taking photos and videos with an iSight
iSight is a webcam, both external and internal, developed and marketed by Apple Inc. The external iSight was sold retail for US$149, connected to a computer via a FireWire cable, and came with a set of mounts to place it atop any then-current Apple display, laptop computer, all-in-one desktop...

A webcam is a video camera that feeds its images in real time to a computer or computer network, often via USB, ethernet, or Wi-Fi.Their most popular use is the establishment of video links, permitting computers to act as videophones or videoconference stations. This common use as a video camera...

 by Apple Inc. for Mac OS X
Mac OS X
Mac OS X is a series of Unix-based operating systems and graphical user interfaces developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc. Since 2002, has been included with all new Macintosh computer systems...

 and iOS (although only available on iPad 2
IPad 2
The iPad 2 is the second and current generation of the iPad, a tablet computer designed, developed and marketed by Apple. It serves primarily as a platform for audio-visual media including books, periodicals, movies, music, games, presentations and web content, and is available in black or white...


Photo Booth

Photo Booth consists of a single window containing a large viewer which 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. There are also backdrops to go along with the setting or video you are doing.

Clicking the large red button underneath the preview area starts a 3-second countdown, 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. These provide an effect similar to a green screen
Green Screen
The Green Screen international wildlife film festival is held annually in Eckernförde, Germany. The festival shows full-length and short nature documentaries about animals in their natural habitat. It is the only festival of its kind in Germany...

. 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.

Mac Version

Photo Booth has two sets of image effects that can be applied when taking a picture. The first set may be described to contain photographic filters similar to those in Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop is a graphics editing program developed and published by Adobe Systems Incorporated.Adobe's 2003 "Creative Suite" rebranding led to Adobe Photoshop 8's renaming to Adobe Photoshop CS. Thus, Adobe Photoshop CS5 is the 12th major release of Adobe Photoshop...


Standard effects

  • Sepia
  • Black & White
    Black-and-white, often abbreviated B/W or B&W, is a term referring to a number of monochrome forms in visual arts.Black-and-white as a description is also something of a misnomer, for in addition to black and white, most of these media included varying shades of gray...

  • Glow
    Luminescence is emission of light by a substance not resulting from heat; it is thus a form of cold body radiation. It can be caused by chemical reactions, electrical energy, subatomic motions, or stress on a crystal. This distinguishes luminescence from incandescence, which is light emitted by a...

  • Comic
  • Colored Pencil
    A pencil is a writing implement or art medium usually constructed of a narrow, solid pigment core inside a protective casing. The case prevents the core from breaking, and also from marking the user’s hand during use....

  • Thermal Camera
  • X-Ray
  • Pop Art
  • Bulge
  • Dent
  • Twirl
  • Squeeze
  • Mirror
  • Light Tunnel
  • Fish Eye
  • Stretch

The Added Effects In OS X 10.7 Are
  • Space Alien
  • Nose Twirl
  • Chipmunk
  • Lovestruck
  • Dizzy
  • Blockhead
  • Bug Out
  • Frog


In the latest version of Photo Booth included with Mac OS X v10.5
Mac OS X v10.5
Mac OS X Leopard is the sixth major release of Mac OS X, Apple's desktop and server operating system for Macintosh computers. Leopard was released on 26 October 2007 as the successor of Tiger , and is available in two variants: a desktop version suitable for personal computers, and a...

 Leopard, the application incorporates the Chroma key
Chroma key
Chroma key compositing is a technique for compositing two images together. A color range in the top layer is made transparent, revealing another image behind. The chroma keying technique is commonly used in video production and post-production...

 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. Below is a list of pre-set backgrounds that come with the application (marked either image or video):
  • Clouds (image)
  • Color Dots (image)
  • Earthrise (image)
  • Eiffel Tower (video)
  • Rollercoaster (video)
  • Sunset (video)
  • Yosemite (video)

Backgrounds are only available 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.

iPad 2 Version

  • Thermal
  • Mirror
  • X-ray
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Normal
  • Light Tunnel
  • Squeeze
  • Twirl
  • Stretch

See also

  • Cheese (software)
    Cheese (software)
    Cheese is a GNOME webcam application, similar to Apple's Photo Booth. It was developed as a Google Summer of Code 2007 project by Daniel G. Siegel. It uses GStreamer to apply effects to photos and videos...

  • MagicCamera
  • iMac
    The iMac is a range of all-in-one Macintosh desktop computers built by Apple. It has been the primary part of Apple's consumer desktop offerings since its introduction in 1998, and has evolved through five distinct forms....

  • MacBook Air
    MacBook Air
    The MacBook Air family is a line of Apple ultraportable Macintosh notebook computers.The first-generation MacBook Air was a 13.3"-only model, previously promoted as the World's Thinnest Notebook, introduced at the Macworld Conference & Expo on January 15, 2008. It featured a custom Intel Merom CPU...

  • MacBook
    The MacBook was a brand of Macintosh notebook computers built by Apple Inc. First introduced in May 2006, it replaced the iBook and 12-inch PowerBook series of notebooks as a part of the Apple–Intel transition. Positioned as the low end of the MacBook family, the Apple MacBook was aimed at the...

  • iBook
    The iBook was a line of laptop computers sold by Apple Computer from 1999 to 2006. The line targeted the consumer and education markets, with lower specifications and prices than the PowerBook, Apple's higher-end line of laptop computers....

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