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Sample Photos That Can be Used to Make Passport photos

Requirements for USA Passport photos

  • The camera should be at least four feet (1.2 m) from the subject. DO NOT TAKE A SELFIE!
  • Take photo against white or light colored plain background.
  • Take photo in good day light. Photos taken in artificial light or in dark or insufficient light usually have unnatural skin tones.
  • Even when glasses are worn every day, you must remove your glasses for a photo.
  • Photo is clear and in color, reproduces skin tones accurately, and is properly exposed with no shadows
  • 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)

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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 a 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----->)

photo issues

Photo created by us (onlinepassportphoto.com)- see below;
-shadows fixed, exposure enhanced and background fixed.

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Sample of photos that can't be used:

look into camera

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.

No Closeups. At least 12 inches of the body below chin level should be included.
close up photo

mouth closed in photo

eyes closed in photo

Verify your Digital Photo(s) against the following requirements:
Your photo should NOT be a close-up.
passport issue

Take a photo that has full hair as well as around 10-12 inches or more of the body below the 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 the glare of the flash on the glasses.

Your photo should look like this one, with ample body below the chin, full shoulders and some margin on the top:

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For Passport Photos: Good Digital Photos vs Bad Photos

Sample Photo:

sample Passport Photo for babies

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

Here is another sample photo below: We do not recommend you use such a photo with a dark background. Also, there may be copy right violations if a professional took this photo. The most important reason is that many passport or visa offices generally require a photo taken within the last 3-6 months. So please do not try to find a photo from your computer; just take a new photo. Here are some tips on how to take a photo at home. It is very easy!

Still, Confused?

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 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 an 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 official specs by the USA. Your photo needs to include full shoulders and body below Chin level, as shown below.
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* No need to take very high resolution photos!. 2x2 inch photos are tiny and printing them on paper needs only 240k pixel image! We do not need photos bigger than 4 MP!
* Use white or white like ****PLAIN*** background behind the head. If needed, use a bed sheet or a large white paper behind head.
* Try to avoid the use of flash by taking photos when a 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, the whole face needs to be nicely exposed).
-- If there are manual settings on your camera, use the Av mode and set Aperture to 3.5 to 5.6. 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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