How to Take a Picture on a Mac🏅2023 Updated Guide

Many would definitely not know how to take a picture on a Mac if the camera app is named Photo Booth. In this post, we will tell you where to find it, how to take a picture on a Mac using it, and shortcuts to take screenshots.

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Updated on Sep 19, 2023

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A few years before, it was a big thing when manufacturers incorporated web cameras into laptops for video calling and meeting purposes. But now almost laptop has one, including the Mac. These webcams on Mac are generally used for video conferencing, but they can also take a picture. Many users wonder how to take a picture on Mac, and some do not even know that a camera app exists on the Mac.

To solve this problem of Mac users, this post comes out. In this post, EaseUS will help you to find the camera app on the Mac and provide details about how to take a screenshot on a Mac.

How to Take a Photo with a Camera

Before we move to the main question, how to take a picture on a Mac, let us find the camera app first. Though you can use third-party applications to click a picture of yourself on a Mac, it's always better to use Apple's native camera application. The inbuilt camera app on Mac is called Photo Booth. You can also use this app to record yourself on Mac.

💡Steps to take a screenshot on Mac are given below:

Step 1. Open Finder on your Mac, and then navigate to the Applications Folder. Scroll down to see Photo Booth.

take a picture using photo booth

Step 2. Open the Photo Booth app to see the webcam picture. You can also open the Photo Booth app from the Launchpad or Spotlight search. Now, the webcam of your Mac will activate automatically, and a green light near the webcam indicates it.

Step 3. Here, you have two options: You can either take a single photo or click four consecutive pictures. Select your choice from the bottom left corner.

Step 4. Once you are ready, click the camera button to take a picture using the webcam.

click on the camera icon to capture

Step 5. The webcam will take a picture after three seconds. You can see the photo at the bottom of the application screen. Now, Right-click > Export > Give a name and location > Save to save your photo. 

Along with taking pictures, Photo Booth also offers effects to enhance it. So, before taking a picture, you can see the effects at the corner of your screen. Click on it, select a special effect, and Photo Booth adds the filter to the picture.

How to Screenshot on Macbook Air/Pro

A quick snap of what you have on your screen really helps. Taking a screenshot of the screen can be a lifesaver if you are on a video conference, tutorial, or some important meeting.

Apple laptops also have keyboard shortcuts for users to take a snap of the screen. Let us see how to screenshot on Macbook Air/Pro. Not just Macbook Air/Pro, but all Apple laptops have the same screenshot shortcuts. So, you can use the same for any modern Mac.

1. Screenshot an Entire Screen

The keyboard shortcut to take a screenshot of the entire screen is Cmd + Shift + 3.

To screenshot the entire screen

2. Screenshot a Part of a Screen

To take a snap of a selected region of the screen, you need to use the Cmd + Shift + 4. This keyboard combo turns the cursor into a crosshair. Now, you can drag this crosshair to select a portion of your screen and capture it. After selecting the region, release the mouse button or trackpad to take the shot.

to screenshot a part of the screen

The Cmd + Shift + 4 combo has a few more options to help the users.

  1. 1️⃣Press and release the Spacebar: The crosshair converts into a small camera icon, which can hover over any open window. Select the window you want to capture and take a shot. A screenshot using this combo features a white border and shadow effects.
  2. 2️⃣Press and hold the spacebar: This action locks the capturing area but also helps you reposition the area you want to capture. It is very handy to change your initial selection areas, hold the spacebar, and reposition the borders (after dragging the crosshair to highlight the area but before releasing the mouse button or trackpad).
  3. 3️⃣Hold down the shift key:  (After dragging the crosshair to highlight the area, but before releasing the mouse button or trackpad). This action locks each side of the selection area we have made before and lets you move your cursor up and down to position the bottom edge. 

3. Screenshot Touch Bar

If your Macbook Pro has a touch bar, the MacOS lets you take a screenshot of what's currently showing on the Touch Bar. Press Cmd + Shift + 6 to take a skinny screenshot of your Touchbar.

But Apple used to have a single command sometime before to take a snapshot of the entire screen, a window, or a part of your screen. The short command was Cmd + Shift + 5, present in MacOS Mojave. This invokes a small panel with all the options.

Pro Tip: How to Record Videos on Macbook Air/Pro

if you are not aware, Macbook also comes with an inbuilt video recorder, but it lacks features to edit and make changes to the video. Especially if you are a gamer or teacher, it becomes really difficult to create professional videos. And there are very few third-party applications that are easy to screen record and provide editing options to enhance the final output.

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EaseUS RecExperts for Mac, a spectacular screen recorder for Mac, lets you create high-quality screen recordings with HD resolutions and high fps. If you are a gamer or educator, you can even record your screen along with the webcam and microphone audio for YouTube and social media. The app allows you to record the entire screen, a selected region, or multiple screens at a time. This professional software is well-equipped with excellent features to suit all kinds of screen-capturing needs.

⭐Key Features of EaseUS RecExperts:

🎀Here is a guide to recording screen on your Mac with EaseUS RecExperts for Mac:

Step 1. Select the Recording Area

Launch this program on your Mac, then click "Full screen" or "Region" to select the recording area on your desktop.

Main panel

Step 2. Choose Audio Source/Webcam

Click the "Sound" icon at the bottom left of the panel to select the sound you want to capture with screen. If needed, you can add webcam overlay to your recording by hitting the "Webcam" icon next to "Sound".

Select audio source

Step 3. Adjust Output Settings

According to your needs, click the "Settings" button on the panel to choose the output format, quality, location, shortcuts, etc.

Output settings

Step 4. Start Recording

Once all settings are done, move back to the main interface and click "REC" to start your recording. Then there will be a toolbar that lets you pause, resume, stop the recording flexibly.

Recording toolbar

Step 5. View Recordings

When you finish the recording, you can view all the recorded files with the help of the inbuilt player.

View recordings

If you wonder how to record audio on Mac with an external mic, you can read this passage and find your answer:

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Maybe naming the camera app as Photo Booth isn't a smart choice by Apple. it confuses a lot of users. That is why even with an inbuilt camera app, people still wonder how to take a picture on a Mac. Well, now you and I both know how to take a picture on a Mac and how to screenshot on Macbook Air/Pro with the guide above. But if you are looking for better screen recording software for Mac other than the inbuilt one, you should definitely check out the EaseUS RecExperts for Mac and will love it.


1. How do I use the camera on my Macbook?

The webcam is majorly introduced for video conferencing, but you can use the camera on Mac to take pictures, also. Open the inbuilt camera app (Photo Booth) and use it to click pictures on your Mac.

2. What is the shortcut for picture-in-picture on Mac?

You can enter the Picture-in-Picture(PiP) mode on Mac using QuickTime Player. All of these platforms developed by Apple comes with the PiP feature natively. But if you are using Firefox, the keyboard shortcut to enter the PiP mode is command + option + shift + ] or command + option + shift + ).

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