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.
Photo size is 35mmx45mm and for China, it
is 33mm x 48mm. In UK, it is
35mmx45mm while in Canada, it is 4x6 cm.
What this video : How to Take Photo at Home to Make Passport Photos
Tips for Taking
Photos at home for converting into Passport pictures (Passport photos)
picture size 2"x2")
* Set Camera to 2 MPto 8MP
* 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)!!!
Compare your photo to the following offical specs by USA. Your
photo needs to include full shoulders and body below Chin level, as
Please do not
take very high resolution photos. Set Camera resolution to
2 to 4 MP. 2x2 inch photos are tiny and printing them on paper needs
only 240k pixel image!
Use white or
white like ****PLAIN*** background behind head. If needed,
use bed sheet or a large white paper behind head.
Find a place that has
a plain white/light colored wall to use as background or use white
bed sheet or paper as a background.
If using flash,
please stand 2 to 3 feet away from the background to minimize shadows
on the background if using flash.
If Flash is turned
off, Minimize the distance between the person being photographed
and the background to reduce shadows on the background.
Make sure to include the
personís upper body and have space above the head in the viewfinder
or screen display of your camera.
Keep camera around 4
to 5 feet away from the subject (person whose photo is being taken)
and at subject's eye-level
Try taking the
photos at a time when there is good indirect natural light. If the
light is not uniform and one
side of the face gets darker compared to the other, force the
camera to apply flash (Compulsory FLASH ON mode). Flash will uniformly
brighten the face and this will result in nice passport photos. However
Flash creates shadows so it is preferred to take photos without Flash.
Avoid use of flash
by taking photos when good amount of natural light is available. Also
make sure the light is coming directly on the face and not from one
side (which can cause half of the face to be brighter than the other
half. For Visa and Passport photos, whole face needs to be nicely
-- If there are manual settings on your camera, use the Av mode and
set Aperture to the most wide setting (smallest f number). If the
picture is not coming well, try to bump up ISO to around 400. If you
are using a compact camera, do not set ISO too high. If you are using
a Digital SLR, you can set ISO up to 800.
If photos are
not coming out well without Flash, please use the Flash.
Try to minimize the shadow by flash by taking some photos by turning
your camera 90% so that the flash is aligned vertically with the lens.
DO NOT ZOOM
IN too much. We do not need just the face! Please make sure you include
at least full shoulders.
rule: Keep eyes open and mouth closed while being photographed
for a Passport photo (Second part of the rule works for a successful
married life too, particularly while arguing with spouse!).
Make sure there
is ample blank space above head, and on right and left side of your
face as shown below. Make sure at least your FULL shoulders are visible
in the picture. Pictures up to elbow level are recommended.
(To download these
tips in a PDF file or to print on your computer, click
How to take good photos
without using in-built Camera Flash (to avoid shadows created by in-built
* 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
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.
XYour 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) XAvoid
shadows created by camera flash (We can fix some shadows but
if the shadow is mixing with hair, we can not fix it)
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":
Here is the list
of complete guideline for Passport Photos for US Passport application
Photo Size":Passport Picture Size 2"x2"
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Photo Size": Your photographs must be: 2x2 inches in size(Don't worry. OnlinePassportPhoto.com will
take care of Passport Photo Size)
Identical(Don't worry. OnlinePassportPhoto.com will
take care of this)
the past 6 months, showing current appearance
front view with a plain white or off-white background Between 1 inch
and 1 3/8 inches from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head(Don't worry. OnlinePassportPhoto.com will
take care of this)
Taken in normal
street attire Uniforms should not be worn in photographs except religious
attire that is worn daily.
Do not wear a
hat or headgear that obscures the hair or hairline.
Tips for taking PROFESSIONAL QUALITY passport pictures
at home for US Passport/VISA/Citizenship Applications
have to follow every step but this will be helpful to make your picture
stand out on your passport.
sources on both sides of subject to avoid shadows on face. (Desirable
but no need to worry about it. Use can use a while wall. Stand 4 feet
away from it and fire Flash (Flash Fill in) to take a nice picture)
Use a light
source to illuminate background behind subject to avoid shadows in
Position Place camera approximately 4 ft (120 cm) from the subject.
at subject's eye level. Position subject facing the camera.
is taken from Official
US Passport website. Click here
to look at the original page. It also has information that may come
handy with your passport application and to know the current 'Passport
Photo requirements' and passport photo size dimensions)