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Passport or Visa Photos For Any Country, In Any Size.

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1. Verify Your Photo   2. Upload Your Photo(s)   3.Make Payment

Sample Photos That Can be Used to Make Passport photos

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.

(Click here for tips on how to take photos at home for converting them into Passport photos)

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Tip: How to Take Photo at Home to Make Passport Photos

Us (onlinepassportphoto.com) vs Free Passport Photo websites:

There are some FREE passport photo websites but most of them do not fix or enhance your photos! They just trim your picture and provide passport photos! In our experience, most of the photos taken by nonprofessional photographers need manual enhancement/fixing with regards to photo background, removing red-eye, fixing exposure and/or removing shadows created by flash. We manually process every photo to eliminate most of the risk factors for your passport photos! Please take this into consideration while choosing your passport photo provider.

A typical photo out of camera


Free Passport Photo websites (and our competitors) will trim your photo but will not fix other issues, like shadow behind ears or head, background color, exposure of face (see below)
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Compare a digital photo (below) and see how we converted it into a valid passport photo (on the right----->)

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Photo created by us (onlinepassportphoto.com)
-shadows fixed, exposure enhanced, better background.

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Sample of photos that can't be used:

look into camera over exposed photo
shadow across face in photo No Closeups. At least 12 inches of body below chin level should be included.
close up photo
mouth closed in photo eyes closed in photo

Verify your Digital Photo(s) against following requirements:

X Your photo should NOT be a close-up.
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Take a photo that has full hair as well as around 10-12 inches or more of body below chin in the photo.

We will trim extra space from the photo.

If you are wearing glasses, turn off the Flash or remove glasses to avoid glare of the flash on the glasses.

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For Passport Photos: Good Digital Photos vs Bad Photos

Photo Issue Can we convert this into valid Passport Photos? How to prevent this at your end
passport photos bad Close-up of head only.
No margin on Top, or on Left of Right side of the Face
No Please include around 10-12 inches of body below chin in the photo.
acceptable Passport photos Face is not evenly exposed. One side of the face darker compared to the other side No Force the Flash to be ON so face gets evenly exposed
sample Passport Photo for babies Face is not straight. Yes We can straighten the face and fix this issue.
unacceptable passport photo Not looking straight into Camera lens. Both ears not visible No Look straight into the lens of camera.
Bad background Background is dark and is not uniform No Choose a white or light colored UNIFORM background
underexposed photo Bad Exposure.
Head not straight
Usually No but can be fixed to some extent Keep head straight and eyes looking directly into camera while taking photos at home.
No margin above hair.
Overexposed photo
Usually No but can be fixed to some extent Take 2 or 3 photos with and without flash. Do trial and Error

Nice portrait but background too dark.

Might be copyright issues as you need consent of the photographer before you or we can reuse it.


Take a new photo against white background.

Do not use photo taken by someone else. This may cause Copyright issues too.

Red Eye in the photo Red Eye in the Photo Yes We can digitally fix it or use Red Eye fix that most new cameras offer.

Still Confused?

Still not sure about if we can convert your digital photo into passport photos for you? Send us your photos for pre-approval before you place your order.

Sure. We understand that many people may like to make sure that their digital picture(s) can be converted into valid passport photos before they use their credit card and place an order. Please click here to send us your digital photo(s) for pre-approval before placing your order.

You can also email your pictures to (Please remember to attach your pictures to the email as a File attachment instead of as a Photo attachment because some email services like Hotmail.com automatically reduces resolution of pictures attached as photos) and include your first name, last name, purpose of the photo (for US passport, Indian Passport photos, etc). Then we will look at your photos and email you back to let you know if we can convert them into great passport pictures so you can go ahead and place your order with us without any worries. (Tip: To save your time, you can also request us in your same email to email you back a PayPal invoice so you do not need to come back to our website to complete your order.)

If OnlinePassportPhoto finds that my uploaded photo can not be converted into good passport photos, what happens to my payment?

No Worries. If we find that the photo uploaded with your order can not be converted into valid passport or visa photos, we will e-mail you and ask you to e-mail us or upload again new digital photo(s). We will repeat this until we have a digital photo from you which can be converted into valid passport photos.

In worst case, if you are not able to provide us good digital photo(s), we will refund your payment.


Top Tips:

* Do not take close up of head only. Include at least upper half body or full shoulders. 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 shown below.
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* Please do not take very high resolution photos. 2x2 inch photos are tiny and printing them on paper needs only 240k pixel image! We really do not need more than 4 MPixles photos!
* Use white or white like ****PLAIN*** background behind head. If needed, use bed sheet or a large white paper behind head.

* Try to 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 exposed).
-- 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.
+ Stand 2 to 3 feet away from the background to minimize shadows.
+ 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.

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