How to Take Picture on Mac Using Webcam

November 12, 2020Ashley Mae

“How do I go about taking a picture of someone else with my Mac? Can I use my Mac to take a picture with the same way I would take a picture with a camera?”

Want to take a single self photo or a group of photos on Mac? Well, Mac provides users with the default method to take a picture with its built-in camera. In this article, we shall talk about 2 efficient solutions on how to take photos with webcam on Mac.

Take Photo with Webcam on Mac

Part 1. Default Way to Take Photo with Webcam

Many Mac computers and displays have built-in iSight, FaceTime, or FaceTime HD camera at the top edge of screen. If you want to take photos or record videos with FaceTime camera, you can use the default Photo Booth tool to realize it.

Step 1.
Launch Finder on your Mac, open Applications folder and launch the Photo Booth software. The green light next to your Mac camera turns on, which means the camera is ready.
Photo Booth
Step 2.
In the Photo Booth app on your Mac, you can click View Photo Preview button to see the Take Photo button (red camera). If you want to record a video, you can click the View Video Preview button and click the Record Video button.
Step 3.
You can click the buttons in the bottom left, and choose to take a photo or take a sequence of four photos. When you are ready to take a picture with webcam, you can click the red camera button to take a snapshot.
Take Photo

If you want to add a specific effect to your photo, you can click the Effects button in Photo Booth and preview the effects until you find the proper one. (See how to make FaceTime screenshot)

It is convenient to take a webcam photo with the default Photo Booth tool on Mac. However, some Mac users complain the Photo Booth pictures are turning grainy. So if you want to take a high-quality webcam photo, you can try other webcam recorder software.

Part 2. Professional Way to Take Webcam Photo

In this part, we will show you an easy but professional way to take webcam pictures. Aiseesoft Screen Recorder is the best webcam recorder for Mac and Windows users to record screen and take snapshots with high quality. You can capture anything on your Mac screen with webcam enabled. In addition, you are able to freely adjust the snapshot area and add your own labels like arrow, rectangle, line, text, etc. to the output image.

Mac Screen Recorder


Best Webcam Recorder for Mac

  • Best webcam recorder to take photos with webcam on Mac or Windows.
  • Record Skype calls, TeamViewer chat, webcam videos, gameplay, webinars easily.
  • Adjust the snapshot like adding text, shapes, arrows, color paints, etc.
  • Save the webcam picture as PNG, JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, etc.
Step 1.
Click the Download button to download and launch this webcam recorder for Mac. Choose Webcam Recorder option in the main interface.
Step 2.
Then the webcam screen will show up on your Mac, and you can click the Screenshot (Camera) icon to capture a still photo with webcam.

Part 3. FAQs of Taking Photo with Webcam on Mac

1. Cam I adjust the camera on my Mac?

Actually, you can’t adjust the camera settings on your Mac. However, you can use the third-party software like CamTwist to adjust features to your Mac camera. You can change settings like aspect ratio, brightness, contrast and other settings.

2. Can you zoom Mac camera?

No. The only thing you can do is move your Mac closer or further away from you. Or you can purchase a Mac compatible webcam with lens zooming capability.

3. Where are pictures saved in Photo Booth?

When you take photos with Photo Booth, it will be saved to the Photo Booth Library in Pictures folder on your Mac. The pictures are saved in standard JPEG format by default.


When you want to take a photo with webcam on Mac, you can use the default Photo Booth on Mac. Aiseesoft Screen Recorder is the best webcam recorder for Mac. You can take snapshots while taking a webcam video. If you have any question, please leave your comment and discuss with us.

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