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How to Take a Passport Photo
Today you don’t need to use cutting-edge photography equipment to take a passport photo. Thanks to the technological advance of digital photography, even the most ordinary cameras can now produce ID photos of adequate quality. What’s more, you can take a passport photo using a webcam or a smartphone and print passport photos at home – as long as you follow some basic rules.
Here are the essentials to keep in mind when taking ID photos at home. They will also be helpful both to beginner photographers starting to master the techniques of ID photo business.
Camera Placement and Settings
The optimal distance from the subject to the camera is 2 meters. Full face front view (often including the top of the shoulders) is a must for all kinds of official documents. Zoom in the camera so the face is shown from the bottom of the chin to the crown, with some space below and above the face left. Keep the camera at the level of the subject's eyes. As regards the camera resolution settings, you can take a passport photo of sufficient quality at 640x480 resolution, commonly available on today’s cameras.
Background and Lighting
ID photos must be taken against a uniform plain background. It may be white, white-off, light blue, grey, cream - check out the requirements for each particular document type. The lighting must show the skin tones naturally. It is best to take a passport photo in daylight. If it is impossible, set up appropriate lighting to prevent shadows across or behind the face. Artificial light should come from several sources. If there’s no way around using a flash, the subject must be close to the background to avoid underexposure.
Facial Expression and Glasses
The photograph must show natural facial expression – no smiling, frowning, or blinking. The subject must look straight into the camera, so the eyes are clearly visible. If the subject normally wears glasses, it is acceptable to keep them on, provided that they don’t have heavy frames or tinted lenses. To avoid glare on the lenses, slightly tilt the glasses downward, or raise the camera a little above the eye level.
Clothes and Head Covering
The clothing must contrast with the background. If you haven’t thought about the right clothes in advance, it is possible to replace clothes right on the photo at the editing stage. The subject must not wear any hat or head covering in your passport photo. Exceptions are made for head coverings worn daily for religious reasons. However, coverings that obscure the face are not acceptable: make sure the shot clearly shows the facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of the face.
After you take several shots and choose the best one, crop the photo to the size required. Autocrop with biometric features detection is a quick and convenient solution offered by Passport Photo Maker. Find out more about this software here.
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