If you want to avoid the dreaded train station photo booth, why not take your own passport photo? It’s a cost, though, that can be quickly and simply avoided by setting up a shoot at home, working some Photoshop magic to your images, and printing on some decent quality photo paper at the correct passport photo dimensions.
If you’re looking for other ways to save cash, make sure you check out our article on 7 ways to improve your photography for free and visit our sister site What Digital Camera for the very best camera deals. There should be no shadows on the face, no hair in the face, no facial-coverings and, after printing on photo paper, the images must have no tears, creases or marks. Find a light-coloured wall (should be light grey or cream, not 100% white where possible) as a background and shoot your passport photo subject using the portrait orientation.
Avoid using the flash as this increases the likelihood of red-eye and background shadows (however, if you can turn the flash down then a small pop of fill-in can provide good colour balance and open up facial detail).
Daylight is best, such as from a window, as this can provide as equal a balance as possible to avoid shadows on the face and background. You can’t use a photo that has been cut down from a larger photo, so make sure to position yourself or the subject so that they are completely filling the frame. When reviewing your images, ensure that they are well exposed – you don’t want underexposure, as the detail of the face will be lost in the shadows. Your surroundings are important and need to be neutral – for example, should you stand by something red it will have a luminescence that will reflect red light back onto you.
Avoiding post-production as much as possible is the aim of the game – in fact, images which have been digitally manipulated to change your appearance are not allowed. However, as the background of your passport photo image is likely a little dark and off-colour, it’s easy to use PhotoShop or Elements to make the subject stand out.
You may be left with some tricky areas around the hair but these can be ‘picked off’ by zooming in and gently deleting (use the Eraser tool) offending areas, or changing the tolerance of your selection tools and re-selecting specific areas.
Don’t worry about being too precise, as the image you are working on now is of a much larger size than the final print will be, so there is a lot of give in how much detail will be picked up in the final print.
Make sure you have enough brightness to give the impression of being shot under bright light, like a flash. Select your already edited image from the other window and, using the Move tool, click and drag into your new window. If it’s too large use the Free Transform tool (Edit > Free Transform) whilst holding down the Shift key when dragging to resize to ensure correct proportion. Once you have your passport image fitted to the window, you’ll want to add a border and multiply the image. To make your set of four images, use Canvas size again to double the width and height to 80x100mm, now Copy and Paste your image three times and use the Move tool to arrange them. However, in the same document, it is made clear that photos should be printed on white paper and, although not suggested in the same document, in truth a decent quality inkjet printer with good inks and paper should effectively produce a professional-quality print.
Should you print your passport photos at home, ensure you use decent white photo paper, at the exact same size as onscreen (100%) and with the best possible resolution.
If your printer prompts you to resize to page or make any other changes then ignore these prompts.


Now that you have your passport photos, don’t forget to read our article on taking great travel photographs. Sure, they can take a super high scan of the photo, but if the original photo is a low res piece of crap that only just passes the regulations, then their high res scan system means jack right? They could have had the image straight out of my Nikon D7000 rather than a small print, one of 6 printed side by side on a 6×4 Canon postcard printer. They take a very very high DPI Scan of the image you send, and that then goes on a computer system, the system is accessible by various government departments around the world, so if they suspect something on your passport they can bring the photo up and examine it very closely. So you go through all the hoops of making a print according to specifications, send it off in the snail-mail post and, what do they do?
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To aid you in the creation of passport photos, CFS has compiled this extremely helpful information. We suggest laying your baby on a plain white sheet with a pillow behind the sheet to support their head.
Please do not allow the babies head to sink into the pillow as this can cause troubles when processing (and creating shadows). Standing over your baby, making sure the camera is a 'head on' as possible with their head is essential. Something which will stand out from the background, so a colourful pattern or strong colour is prefferable. Copy them onto your PC in the usual manor by connecting your camera to your PC with your USB cable.
Most of us will pop down to the local automated machine and have passport photo size prints inside ten minutes – but at the cost of at least ?5 per set, photographing the whole family for a batch of passport renewals in time for that holiday can quickly add up.
Though official rules state you cannot wear anything that covers your head, there is an exemption if the covering is worn for religious or medical reasons. Official advice suggests that very young infants are placed on a grey sheet and photographed from above. You could even do this yourself if you use the camera’s self-timer and rest on an appropriate surface or, if you have one, use a tripod. The image of you, from the crown of your head to your chin must be between 29 and 34mm (while the overall height of the image is 44mm).
So snaps from down the local boozer won’t do – you have to specifically shoot for the right posed shot in the correct location.


Use the Magic Wand or Quick Select tool (the latter on newer versions) to select your background and simply press the delete key to remove it – ensuring the fill layer is a 5-10% grey as a totally white background is against the guidelines and will cause rejection.
Passport guidelines on passport photo size state that a passport photo should be 35mm wide and 45mm tall.
By using Image > Canvas Size it is possible to extend the border – add 5mm per side to make a 40x50mm (4x5cm) image. Make sure they are copies as when applying for a passport it’s important to send a couple of identical images – there can’t be different poses in a single application.
This is something of a caveat to the process of home printing as is presents the possibility that your photos may be rejected by the passport office. Once they are printed, use a ruler to measure each picture to ensure the size is still 35x45mm.
First, you'll need a camera that can take the appropriate sized picture (see requirements below).
Voted a "Best Equipment Vendor" since 1997 & awarded OfficeMax Impress Vendor of the Year. The posing restrictions for children under 6, however, are a little less stringent – the child doesn’t have to be looking at the camera or maintaining a neutral expression. Expose for the subject’s face, preferably using a spot or centre-weighted evaluative metering setting if your camera offers this. As much as a photobooth will happily do all this for you, avoiding the expense is the target here. Now bring the left and right markers under the histogram towards the centre to increase contrast, and move the centre marker for brightness.
Then cut them up with scissors and you’re all done – passport photos made at home on a budget. I took him to CVS, and after we waited 15 minutes for the clerk to become available, she said he was too short. You can choose from a film cartridge type (like a Polaroid process) or a digital camera & printer system. Trying to get a baby into a passport booth and keeping your hands out of the photographs is a nightmare (as we've heard from some of our customers). Children under 1 also don’t have to have their eyes open, though if someone is supporting their head with a hand, that hand is not allowed to be visible.
I stood him up on a really tall stool, he made a really weird face biting his bottom lip, she shot one picture, and her little point and shoot camera ran out of batteries. There are two ways to get the photo onto an acceptable material - the peel-apart (Polaroid type) film or a digital photo printer. Although when it comes to age requirements, use the guide you feel is approapriate for your child.



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Comments to «How to shoot a passport photo»

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