Camera settings on MacBook: User Guide in 2022

The MacBook is one of the most expensive laptops giving you a real premium feel. Along with learning how to set up your laptop let’s see camera settings on MacBook.

MacBook camera,

MacBook has a built-in camera with really good quality. learning how to use the MacBook camera will be a fun experience because we are going to explore some new features.

So, without any further delay let’s go and see the camera settings on MacBook especially if you are new

Built-in camera setting on MacBook

Macbooks have a built-in camera at the top edge of the screen that is automatic ie it will turn on on its own when any app using the camera is opened like facetime or a photo booth.

Talking photos or video on MacBook’s built-in camera

Camera settings on MacBook; taking a photo

You can take a picture on MacBook with its built-in camera or you can also connect an external camera to take photos to follow these steps.

  • Go to  Photo Booth app on your Macbook, when you see the View Photo button click on it to see the Take Photo button or when you see the View Video button click on it and the Record Video button will appear.
  • In the left lower corner of the window, you can either click the Take a still picture button to take one single picture or click on the Take four quick pictures button to click a sequence of four photos (called a 4-up photo).
  • Then finally Click the Take Photo button to take pictures.

Recording a video

Again if you are using an external camera make sure that camera is connected to your MacBook then

  • The first step is the same go to the Photo Booth app on your Macbook, then if you see the View Photo button or the View Video button click on the view photo button to see the Take Photo button, or click on the view video button to see the Record Video button.
  • In case the Record Video button isn’t showing, at the bottom left corner, then click on the  Record a movie clip button.
  • After that click the Record Video button. Video will start recording then click the Stop button when you have to finish the recording.

Camera settings on MacBook; setting a timer for picture

Open  the Photo Booth app on your Macbook, and you can do any of the following:

  • Turning off the countdown: Hold down the Option key while you are clicking the Take Photo button or Record Video button.
  • Another way is to Turn off the flash: Hold down the Shift key while you are clicking the Take Photo button.
  • Or Change the flash setting:  First Choose the  Camera > Enable Screen Flash.
  • To Turn off both the countdown and the flash: Press and hold the Option key and Shift keys while you are clicking the Take Photo button.

MacBook camera setting; editing photo and video

Editing a photo

Open the Photo Booth app on your Mac, to edit a photo do any of the following:

  • To flip a picture: Select a photo, and after that choose Edit > Flip Photo.
  • To automatically flip new photos and videos: Choose Edit > Auto Flip New Items.
  • To save a picture without effects: Select the photo, then choose File > to choose export Original.

Editing video

  • Open the Photo Booth app on your Mac, then play the video you want to edit.
  • While you are watching the video, choose Edit > Trim Movie.
  • Then drag the yellow start and end markers of the video, then click Trim from where you want to trim the movie.
    Frequently asked questions

Can I adjust the camera on my MacBook?

No, till now there is no configuration.

How can I turn the camera ON on my MacBook?

First, open the finder then click on the application folder and open the photo booth your camera will open.

What if the MacBook camera is not working?

Restart your MacBook

How can I mirror pictures on MacBook?

Open the menu bar then clicks on edit now select auto flip new items. Now your pictures will not be reversed.

Related article; How to Fix MacBook Air HDMI to TV Not Working Issue in 2022?


To understand MacBook camera settings I have created this brief user guide for MacBook, Pro, and air. 

Now you can easily take photos and videos by photobooth, you can also apply effects to your pictures. We have also learned how to edit photos or videos. 

If you are having trouble setting up your MacBook camera let us know what are your queries.


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