Photo Booth

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Photo Booth is an application created by Apple that uses a built-in iSight camera to take pictures. It's possible to take a picture with a certain special effect, such as Bulge or Colored Pencil (see effects list below). These effects are chosen before you take the picture, and the preview shows the effect already applied.

Photo Booth was unveiled at an invite-only special media event in October, 2005, Apple released Photo Booth alongside the Rev. C iMac G5, the first one with a built-in iSight camera.

Since then, Photo Booth has been shipped with all subsequent Macs with iSight cameras built-in, including the MacBook Pro and the iMac (Intel). At WWDC 2006, it was announced that Photo Booth would be included with Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard).



  • Effects 1 Tab
    • Sepia
    • Black & White
    • Glow
    • Comic Book
    • Colored Pencil
    • Thermal Camera
    • X-Ray
    • Pop Art
  • Effects 2 Tab (dubbed "teenage" effects by Steve Jobs)
    • Bulge
    • Dent
    • Twirl
    • Squeeze
    • Mirror
    • Light Tunnel
    • Fisheye
    • Stretch


While Apple has not distributed copies of Photo Booth outside of new Mac sales (iMac G5 Rev C and newer), the light weight of the application (under 5 MB) and the only requirement being an iSight camera (external or built-in) has led to rampant distribution of the program. The ethics of this distribution are certainly questionable, so users will be on their own to find a pirated copy of the program.

Technology and Compatability

Photo Booth uses some of the advanced multimedia capabilities of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger to apply effects in real time. Core Image filters are heavily used as well as Quartz rendering technology. Due to the dependence on these technologies (especially Core Image, which was introduced in Tiger), Photo Booth requires Mac OS X 10.4 in order to run.

As previously stated, an iSight camera is also required.


Photo Booth 1.0 Help - Apple support document.