Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Photo Booth Tip

Happy Tuesday!  This is Julie from The Hip Teacher.   Today I wanted to share a tip for Photo Booth.  If you have MacBooks or iPads, then you may be familiar with this program/app.  My students NEVER get tired of making pictures of themselves and their friends.  Whenever they get "free time" on their laptops, this is almost always what they will choose to do.

I was excited to learn a new trick to Photo Booth when I went to Discovery Communications this summer (home to Discovery Education).   Students can put themselves into an image or video with just a few simple steps!

First, have your students find a picture or video that they can use.  I downloaded a picture of fireworks behind Mount Rushmore from the many images that are available in Discovery Education.

Next, scroll through the effects until you find the user backdrops.

Drag the downloaded picture onto User Backdrop 1.
The next step is the tricky part...it will tell you to step out of the frame so that it can detect the background.  Once the background shows up you can go in the picture.

Then click on the camera timer to take your picture.  You may have to do a few trial pictures to make sure that you can see enough of the background.  It also won't work if there is too much movement behind you. 
Here is one that I took of my daughter and me.  Photo Booth pics are fun, but they are definitely not flattering!

This can be a lot of fun for students.  What are some ways that you would use this with your class?
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  1. We just got Macbook Airs. I am so pinning this!


  2. What a GREAT tip! I had no idea!!! Thank you! :-)

  3. This is such a fun trick! The kids love making summarizing videos with a relevant background. :) When I try it, though, I get some blotchy spots where the background doesn't come through; it's really strange! Someone told me to find a green background (to simulate a "green screen") and try to calibrate in front of that. Luckily, my kitchen is green, so I was able to try it ASAP. The background fills in a little more solidly in that instance, but I still get the blotchy spots... any tips?

    ~Mrs. K. from The Teacher Garden Blog

    1. I have had the blotchy problems too, but I have had more success when I have a blank wall behind me. I did the picture above in my kitchen (which is a brownish color).

  4. Thanks for the trick! I knew there were all the different backgrounds but didn't realize that you could add your own, how cool!

    Sent From My iPad

  5. These is an advisable tips, for sure I can use it on my photo booth strip and the tricks and tips are simple and easy to get. Thanks for this.

    Branded Photo Booth

  6. Thanks for the tips mate. I was searching tips. Like hardly Ppl knows how to fit in the lens of Photo Boothand how to react and what is the frame size. your tips am sure will be helpful

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