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Passport Photos DIY

A quick note: Onlinepassportphoto.com vs Free Passport Photo websites:

Most of our competitors do not fix or enhance your photos! They just trim your picture and make passport photos for you! As we have seen over the last few years, most of the photos taken at home need some manual work, like exposure correction, fixing background color, removing shadows created by flash, straightening head, etc. We process every photo manually to fix the issues and eliminate most of the risk factors that can cause your photos to be rejected.

How to take a good photo for Passport? DIY Tips

Sample Photos.

Yes,This photo will work. We will fix the exposure and background, and do color correction.
photo free
passport photo

Bad photos that can't be used:

bad photo

over exposed photo

shadow across face in photo
For such issues, take a photo in a place or at a time when light falls from the front, not from one side.

mouth closed in photo

eyes closed in photo


No Closeups.Take a photo that has full shoulders plus at least 12 inches of the body below the chin in the photo.
close up photo passport issue

Background is not white, plain or light colored:

Dark Background


See the sample template provided by the USA passport office.
passport photos

Photo Tips DIY

Take a photo like this one, with ample body below the chin, full shoulders and some margin on the top:

passport photos

Passport Photo for a baby

Issue: Head is not straight BUT WE CAN FIX THIS.

Still not sure 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 so we get full resolution photos) and include your first name, last name, purpose of the photo (for US passport, Indian Passport photos, etc). Then we review your photos and email you link for payment if the photos are good, or will let you know the issue and how to take a new photo to avoid that problem.

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.

Photo Tips : How you can take a good photo.


  • Take a photo in good daylight.
  • Stand against a white or plain light colored background. If needed, use a white bed sheet or a large white paper behind the head.
  • Wear dark clothes so there is a good contrast.
  • Keep the camera at least four feet (1.2 m) from the subject. Avoid taking a Selfie!
  • Take a landscape photo. Hold your smartphone horizontally.
  • Keep camera or phone lens at the eye level, and look straight into the lens.
  • Take photo in a good day light. Photos taken in artificial light or in dark or insufficient light usually have unnatural skin tones.
  • If there are manual settings on your camera, use the Av mode and set Aperture to 4 to 8. Set ISO to 400.
  • 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 created by the flash.

Additional Tips:

  • Don't wear glasses for USA passport photos. Glasses are now allowed now unless a physician's certificate is provided.
  • If you are wearing glasses (for photos for countries other than the US), make sure there are no reflections of light.
  • Tie your hair if possible so the photos are more appropriate for passport photo look.
  • You may not wear hats or head coverings, except for religious or medical purposes and with a signed statement.

    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 the 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)

  • How to take a good photo

Requirements for USA Passport photos

Page updated: August 22, 2020

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