Tutorial: How to take a photo with the raspberry pi camera board


To take brilliant photos with the raspberry pi camera is pretty simple, if you follow this step by step guide.

1.  You need to connect all your peripheral devices (Monitor, Power-supply, Keyboard and a Mouse) and of course your Camera. 🙂

Image by Andrew*

The Pi Camera. Photo from Flickr by Andrew*

2.  To make sure all your package-lists are up-to-date run:

sudo apt-get update

If it is asking for a download accept the request!

3.  To make sure your kernel is up-to-date run:

sudo apt-get upgrade

It might will install some programms, if so accept it!

4. Now we enable the camera. To do so run:

sudo  raspi-config --> enable Camera -> Enable

Then choose:

enable Boot to Desktop -> Enable

Now it’s best to reboot:

Select <Finish> and reboot

5. After some minutes you should be able to see your desktop, now open your terminal and type:

raspistill -o YourImage.jpg

Your Camera will now make the image, it will be stored in your HOME Directory (it will be called YourImage).

6. Finish 🙂

Have fun with your camera, if you have got any questions just write a comment.


4 thoughts on “Tutorial: How to take a photo with the raspberry pi camera board

  1. my Pi wont accept ‘raspistill’ as a command


    • Hello Rachel, could you please tell me which operating system you are using? We used raspbian for demo purposes. Please make sure to use the same camera module. 🙂 Cheers Markus


  2. Wow! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a completely different subject but it has
    pretty much the same layout and design. Wonderful choice of colors!


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