When a made up word makes it into the Oxford dictionary, you know it means something. Not sure what. But it probably does. Selfie. That’s the word, the action, not the cancelled TV series.
A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media:
occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself everyday isn’t necessary
Someone at Oxford has a sense of humor. Selfies are everywhere. Some celebrities have a career going based on a gazillion people following their every selfie. Have no fear, dear selfie lover, selfies are no longer the domain of your smartphone’s camera. Have Mac, will take selfie, thanks to a new app called FaceCam. Not FaceTime. FaceCam. As in a photo from your face taken by your Mac’s camera.
Other than convenience, there isn’t much to FaceCam to justify even the nominal price. It’s convenient because it takes a photo– the selfie– and gives you a few controls to adjust the photo. That includes zoom in, composing and cropping, adding a filter, reducing noise, adjusting the exposure.
There’s little that FaceCam does that cannot be done by any of a dozen free or nearly free Mac photo enhancement apps; filters, effects, cropping, blah blah blah. FaceCam simply gets rid of those features you won’t need in a selfie and leaves the ones you do need, while giving you the option to take a selfie using your Mac’s built-in camera.
FaceCam’s effects are real time, though, so what you see is what you get, but the all important slider makes make it easy enough. Photos can be saved to your Mac, too, using any of the basic photo file formats (GIF, JPG, PNG, or TIFF). If you’re into selfies and just can’t bare the thought of leaving your Mac to grab your iPhone or iPad, then FaceCam comes to your rescue and solves the problem, although it’s possible you have other problems no one can solve.