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How To Take Photos at Home For Passport Photos

Passport photo size for US Passports is 2x2 inch or 51x51mm. However the size can change dramatically if you have passport from some other country. Australian Passport Photo size is 35mmx45mm and for China, it is 33mm x 48mm. In UK, it is 35mmx45mm while in Canada, it is 4x6 cm.

Important note: Please take photos without glasses for USA passport photos. This is a new requirement effective November 1, 2016. (See this link for details: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/news/no-glasses.html)

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Tips for Taking Photos at home for converting into Passport pictures (Passport photos) (Passport picture size 2"x2")

Top Tips:

* Set Camera to 2 MPto 8MP resolution mode.
* Set the optical zoom to 3-4 times or 3x to 4x
* Stand 1.2 meters, around 4 feet from the person and take photo.
* Use white or light colored background.
* Do not take close up of head only. Include at least 10 to 12 inches of body below chin in the photo. We can always trim what they do not need in Passport or Visa photos; but if you include less than what is needed, there is no way we can fill in/add missing things (like shoulders etc)!!!

Composition tips:-Keep around 4 feet of distance between person and camera. Or, Imagine the photo you are taking is made up of 9 identical pieces/squares. The face has to be no bigger than one of those 9 squares and should be in the middle. The square in Green line shows how a Passport photo will be made out of it. Please do not crop the photo at your end. Give us original photo from your camera or smartphone.
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Compare your photo to the following offical specs by USA. Your photo needs to include full shoulders and body below Chin level, as shown below.
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How to take good photos without using in-built Camera Flash (to avoid shadows created by in-built flash):

* Use Natural light: Find a place (with plain white or light colored background) where there is good amount of light coming directly on the face and not from one side. If needed, try to adjust time.
* If it is still dark, if your camera allows, please try boosting up ISO to around 400 level. Try with different ISO settings.
* If you Camera has Av Mode, set Aperture wide open (smaller f value) so more light passes through than compared to narrow opening.
* If you have a separate Flash unit, use it instead of the built-in Flash.

If you have to use the built-in Flash to get nice exposure, try using Camera in different positions. Hold it horizontally and take some photos. Then hold the Camera vertically and see if the shadow is minimized.
* We can digitally remove some shadows but if it is mixing with hair, it is a tough challenge to eliminate it neatly. So if possible, tie your hair so the shadow and the hair do not get mixed up.
* If you are using Flash, do not wear glasses to avoid glare in the photo. Most passport/visa photo require no glare on the glasses

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Your photo should NOT be a close-up. Face should be around 10%-20% of the photo or full shoulders (both) should be visible with some open space above the head.
X Photo background should be light colored and uniform
X Your photo should have enough resolution. File size of the picture must be more than 50KB
X Face in the photo should be uniformly exposed (One side side of the face should not be remarkably darker or lighter than the other)
X Avoid shadows created by camera flash (We can fix some shadows but if the shadow is mixing with hair, we can not fix it)

Composition tip:

-Imagine the photo you are taking is made up of 9 identical pieces/squares. The face has to be no bigger than one of those 9 squares and should be in the middle. The square in Green line shows how a Passport photo will be made out of it. Please do not crop the photo at your end. Let us do the cropping.

Here is a good sample picture that we at onlinepassportphoto.com simply love to convert into passport photo size 2"x2":

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Here is the list of complete guideline for Passport Photos for US Passport application

"Passport Photo Size":Passport Picture Size 2"x2"

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