Photo Booth

Developed by Apple, Photo Booth runs on OS X and is a software application for macOS and iOS built in iPads and MacBooks. This app is used for taking photos and videos with an iSight camera.

Photo Booth

Photo Booth displays a preview showing the camera’s view in real time. Thumbnails of saved photos and videos are displayed along the bottom of the window. The results can be shown or played by double clicking on the thumbnails.

By default, Photo Booth’s live preview and captured images are reversed horizontally. This must simulate the user looking into a mirror; an option provides unreversed images.

If the user clicks the large red button underneath the preview area, this will take a picture after an optional countdown.

Post-processing

The user can apply special effects while taking a picture by clicking on the “Effects” button. In fact, Photo Booth has two sets of image effects. The first set contains photographic filters similar to those used in Adobe Photoshop. The user can download additional effects from websites. Another set of image effects allows to replace the background with a custom backdrop.

Backgrounds

The user can apply backdrops to provide an effect similar to a green screen. When a backdrop is selected, a new message tells 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.

Since Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard, Photo Booth application can recognize a still background, then replace it with either a pre-set image (built-in or user-supplied) or movie clip.

However, chosen backgrounds are available only on Macs featuring an Intel processor.

Photos App

Photos is essentially a photo management application, and as such, it offers a nice suite of tools for tweaking digital photos.

Finally, let’s remind you that Photos application barely scratches the surface of what’s possible with dedicated image-editing packages, which allow user to do everything from reworking colour and brightness levels, or filtering something flat to make it look three-dimensional to merging images together to create an apparently realistic snap pf some real-world impossibility. Adobe Photoshop is probably the most well-known professional’s image editor, but it has a price tag that reflects its quality. There are also free option, such the open-source powerhouse known as GIMP.

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