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Sara Overby Level 2 (205 points)
Anybody know? I have a lamp beside me and the lighting is much nicer without the FLASH. Can I turn it off?

Macbook Pro 2.2 GHz, Mac OS X (10.4.10), Built-in iSight
  • EZ Jim Level 7 (22,159 points)
    Screen Flash is part of the Photo Booth app. You cannot turn it off.

    Jim
  • Measly Little Shrimp Fish Level 1 (15 points)
    Why don't you just try turning off the lamp? Wouldn't that be easier?
  • EZ Jim Level 7 (22,159 points)
    Actually, Measly Little Shrimp Fish, the additional light of the lamp will minimize the effect of Photo Booth's screen flash. Turning the lamp off will actually make the pictures you take look more like they have been made using a flash. Turning all the room lights ON, or, even better, making the picture in full sunlight will yield a picture that will not look flashed at all because the screen flash will be overwhelmed by the ambient light.

    Cheers,
    EZ Jim

    PowerBook 1.67 GHz   Mac OS X (10.4.10)    G5 DP 1.8  External iSight
  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 (71,111 points)
    Also changing the background of the screen can make a difference is some lighting situations.



    11:45 AM Thursday; July 26, 2007
  • Kerwin Kaye Level 1 (5 points)
    Thanks for the lighting tips, but why doesn't Apple simply allow users to turn off the flash? It would make things much easier (and user friendly).
  • EZ Jim Level 7 (22,159 points)
    Welcome to Apple Discussions, Kerwin Kaye

    If the Photo Booth flash is bothering you and the tips above have not helped enough, you can try the ultimate solution. Cover all or part of your display screen with some opaque material such as cardboard or heavy cloth.

    In addition to posting here in this user discussion forum, if you want to send comments or suggestions directly to Apple, you can use iMac Feedback.

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    EZ Jim

    PowerBook 1.67 GHz   Mac OS X (10.4.10)    G5 DP 1.8  External iSight
  • andalusia Level 1 (0 points)
    I got around this by using ImageWell (freeware app) to take a screenshot of a selection of my screen (obviously in this case, Photo Booth). Once you have ImageWell running, just go to Tools -> Grab Selection, then click and drag over what you want to grab from Photo Booth.
  • EZ Jim Level 7 (22,159 points)
    Good work-around, andalusia !

    Readers who do not want to add free-ware apps could use your trick via the Shortcuts for taking pictures of the screen that is built into Mac OS X.

    Cheers,
    EZ Jim

    PowerBook 1.67 GHz   Mac OS X (10.4.10)    G5 DP 1.8  External iSight
  • mcrodgers Level 1 (0 points)
    Excellent! This has solved the problem for me, although I do think Apple should give users the ability to just turn the darned thing off, would be much easier.
  • EZ Jim Level 7 (22,159 points)
    Welcome to Apple Discussions, mcrodgers

    We are pleased that you found the info useful.

    In addition to posting here in this user discussion forum, if you want to send comments or suggestions directly to Apple, you can use MacBook Pro Feedback. You will not get an answer, but you can be certain that Apple will see your input for consideration in future products.



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    EZ Jim

    PowerBook 1.67 GHz   Mac OS X (10.4.10)    G5 DP 1.8  External iSight
  • kamilyon Level 1 (0 points)
    There is no option to turn off the flash in the Photo Booth application. The quickest work-around is to press ctrl + option + apple + 8, which inverts the screen colors. When you take a picture, the screen will flash black, negating the flash effect.

    Note that this work-around will also negate any light from the screen glow, which is negligable unless you have a very bright background or screen.
  • Leeds Fan Level 1 (0 points)
    *Thank you so much!* What a great solution to a problem that has been bothering me for ages. So, simple but so effective!
  • joshehhhhpu Level 1 (0 points)
    also, macs can simply take screenshots.. shift+apple [command]+3, at least for my new iMac. this seems a little easier than the freeware, it just saves to your desktop. if you wanted to, you could even zoom before taking a screenshot.
  • beancurd Level 1 (0 points)
    hold shift to disable flash, hold option to disable countdown,
    combine for both.

    working in leopard.
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