Sample Photos That Can be Used to Make Passport photos
-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)
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
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)
Compare a digital photo (below) and see how we converted it into a valid passport photo (on the right----->)
Photo created by us (onlinepassportphoto.com)
Sample of photos that can't be used:
Closeups. At least 12 inches of body below chin level
should be included.
Verify your Digital Photo(s) against following requirements:
Your photo should NOT be a close-up.
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.)
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.
* 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.
* 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.