Take Photos with the Windows 8 Camera App - dummies

Take Photos with the Windows 8 Camera App

By Andy Rathbone

Windows 8 comes with a Camera app; most tablets, laptops, and some desktop computers come with built-in cameras, sometimes called webcams. Their tiny cameras can’t take high-resolution close-ups of that rare bird in the neighbor’s tree, but they work fine for their main purpose: taking a quick photo to e-mail to friends or post on Facebook.

To take a photo through your computer’s camera with the Camera app, follow these steps:

  1. From the Start screen, click the Camera tile to open the app.

  2. If the app asks to use your camera and microphone, choose Allow.

    As a security precaution, Windows asks permission to turn on your camera. That helps prevent sneaky apps from spying on you without your knowing.

    After you grant approval, the computer screen turns into a giant viewfinder, showing you exactly what the camera sees: your face.

  3. Adjust the settings, if desired.


    Depending on your type of camera, the Camera’s App bar offers different icons:

    • Change camera: Meant for laptops and tablets with front- and back-facing cameras, this button lets you toggle between the two.

    • Camera Options: Clicking this icon brings the pop-up menu similar to the one shown in the right of the figure. Here, you can choose your camera’s resolution and toggle between different microphones attached to your computer. If you see More Options at the pop-up menu’s bottom edge, choose it to tweak even more options offered by your particular camera.

    • Timer: Helpful for setting up shots, this tells the camera to snap the photo three seconds after you click the screen. (When you click the icon, it turns white, letting you know it’s turned on.)

    • Video mode: Click this icon to shoot videos rather than still shots. Clicking the screen toggles the video on and off. (The video icon turns white when activated, so you know the camera’s in video mode.) While recording, a small timer appears in the screen’s bottom-right corner, letting you know the video’s current length.

  4. To snap a photo, click anywhere on the screen.

    To see the photo you just snapped, click the arrow on the left edge of the screen; to return to the Camera app, click the arrow to the right of the screen.

The camera app saves all your snapped photos and videos in a folder called Camera Roll in your Pictures library.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.