How Do I Use Photo Booth to Record Secretly?

By J.T. Barett

The Photo Booth app, included free with Apple’s OS X operating system, is an easy-to-use program that takes still pictures and videos from your Mac’s camera. You can also use Photo Booth as a “nanny cam,” keeping tabs on activities in a room while you’re away. For example, if you suspect your dog of sneaking food off the kitchen table, a MacBook running Photo Booth can catch the mischievous pet in the act.

Things You'll Need

  • Electrical tape

Step 1

Remove Photo Booth from the OS X dock by clicking the icon and dragging it off or by right-clicking the icon, selecting **Options** and unchecking the **Keep in Dock** menu item.

Step 2

Click the **Launchpad** icon, then click **Photo Booth** to start the program.

Step 3

Click the **FIlm** icon to put the program into video mode. Click the **video camera** icon to begin recording.

Step 4

Click **Photo Booth** in the menu bar and select **Hide Photo Booth**. The Photo Booth window will disappear. Position your device so that the camera is pointed in the direction you wish to record.

Step 5

Cut a small piece of electrical tape and place it over the green video recording indicator light; otherwise, the light will give away the fact that the Mac’s camera is on.

Tips & Warnings

  • Although it’s legal to video someone with their consent, state laws vary about hidden camera recordings; 13 states expressly prohibit the use of hidden cameras in private places. Video recording without consent may carry significant legal penalties, including incarceration, fines and exposure to civil lawsuits.