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Fixed: How to Take a Photo on MacBook Air/Pro

Updated on Friday, June 14, 2024

iBoysoft author Ciki Liu

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Ciki Liu
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Taking a photo on your iPhone has been easier than ever, but have you ever wondered how to take a photo on Mac? You may need to upload and change a profile image for registration or take a picture while having a video conference. As you may notice, there's a camera located in the middle of your Mac screen. This post will show you how to make use of the built-in webcam to take a photo on Mac.

how to take a photo on Mac

How to open Mac webcam

Although Mac users can visually see the webcam on the screen, not every user knows how to make use of it. Actually, you can either run third-party apps or use Apple's built-in app, Photo Booth, to take a photo on Mac with Mac webcam. To find and launch Photo Booth on Mac, you need to:

Step 1. Click on the Finder icon from Mac Dock.

Step 2. Select Applications from the left column. On the right window, scroll down to find Photo Booth.

open Photo Booth from Finder

Alternatively, you can go to Launchpad to find Photo Booth or search for it in Mac Spotlight.

Step 3. Double-click on it to open this program. Or, you can right-click on it and choose Open.

How to take a photo on Mac with camera

When you enter the Photo Booth window, you can see three sections at the bottom. By selecting different options, you can take a photo on Mac, take a video on Mac, and add various fun effects to the image. Here's how to take a photo on Mac in detail.

Step 1. Launch Mac Photo Booth. The Mac webcam will automatically start to work with a green light indicator next to it. Meantime, you should see yourself immediately.

how to take a photo on Mac with Photo Booth

Step 2. Photo Booth offers a wide range of interesting effects. By clicking on the Effects button, you can try different filters, including Space Alien, Dizzy, Frog, etc. Try them out and find a favorite one.

Step 3. Depending on your needs, you can choose to take a single photo or take consecutive photos by clicking on the buttons in the left corner. The first icon indicates consecutive photo-taking and the second icon means one-time photo-taking.

Step 4. Once you are done with the settings and effects, click on the red button in the middle to take a photo on Mac. Wait for a three-second countdown and a photo of you will be taken.   

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How to save and find photos on Mac

When you finish taking a photo on Mac, the picture will show up in the bottom-right corner of the application screen. How to save and find the photos you take on Mac? Check the tutorial below.

Step 1. Right-click on the photo you take. Choose Export from the list. For unsatisfying photos, click on the Delete button instead.

Step 2. In the export window, assign a name and tag for your photo. Then choose a location to save it, say, Pictures, Desktop, etc. Then click on the Save button to complete.

save Photo Booth photos on Mac

Step 3. To continue taking photos on Mac, click on the X button of the photo.  

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Bonus: how to take a photo on Mac with right-click menu

If you need to frequently take photos on Mac, there's an easier way to launch this program without going through folders and programs every time. With a small utility, you can open Photo Booth with one click and start to take photos on Mac.

iBoysoft MagicMenu is the best Mac right-click enhancer that's able to customize your Finder menu and boost your work efficiency. By offering a wide range of functions to the right-click menu, you can fix how to take a photo on Mac with the Launch With category.

Launch With

By default, the Launch With section offers quick access to useful tools such as Terminal, VS Code, etc. By manually adding Photo Booth to this category, you can right-click on Mac desktop and select Launch With, then choose Photo Booth. With limited steps, you can take photos on Mac.

Besides this category, iBoysoft MagicMenu comes with other handy features such as Copy To, Move To, Quick Access, and many more to make your right-click menu much more useful. Free download and try this right-click enhancer by clicking on the button below!


This post covers a detailed guide on how to take a photo on Mac, including where to find the camera app, how to use it, and how to save the images. Plus, you learn a new way to quickly access programs by using the best Mac right-click enhancer, iBoysoft MagicMenu. If you have any further questions, leave a comment below!