Skype, the popular application that lets you call family and friends over the Internet, has a feature that lets you make snapshots from a video conversation with a contact. In addition, it lets you take a snapshot from your own video camera and allows you to set the snapshot as your profile image. It saves the pictures in a folder on your computer and lets you view all of your snapshots in a gallery or share them with others through an instant messaging application.
Open Skype, and then sign in with your account name and password.
Select "Options" from the "Tools" menu, and then click "Video Settings" from the list of options on the left side of the window. Select your webcam from the "Select Webcam" drop-down list if necessary, and then click "Take a video snapshot" to make a snapshot from your own webcam. Click "Take snapshot" when you're ready to snap a picture. Use your mouse to crop the image to fit your preferences, and then click "Save Snapshot" to save the final image. Select your snapshot, and then click the "OK" button to set it as your profile image. Click the "Cancel" button to exit the window.
Double-click a contact name on the contact list to open a chat window, and then click "Video Call" to make a snapshot from the contact's webcam stream. Click "Snapshot" near the top of the window to take a snapshot and to view your image in the gallery. Click "Locate" to find the image on your computer's hard drive or click "Share" to send the snapshot to a Skype contact. Click the red "X" at the top right corner of the window to exit.