Passport photos aren't just for passports anymore. Background checks, employment inquiries and publicity ventures can all require photos, and a passport photo is an excellent candidate for the job. Though you can go out and pay to have a passport photo taken, the process is easy to do at home if you have the right equipment. Before beginning this process, test the quality of your home printer with a random photo image. If the print job isn't photo quality, you may need to use a work printer or a friend's.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Digital camera
- Wall with blank space
- Computer with photo editing software
- Colour photo printer
Stand the subject in front of a blank, white or off-white wall. Take three to five digital photographs of the full face and tops of the shoulders. Eyes should be open and mouth closed, and your subject may not wear a hat or sunglasses (regular glasses are OK). Be sure to line up straight on the subject, as if you were trying to include both ears in the photograph.
Transfer the image files to your computer as per the instructions for your camera.
Open the files in your photo editing software.
Choose the clearest photo out of the images taken.
Edit the photo to meet passport standards. For the United States, passport photos must be 2 inches by 2 inches, clear with good lighting. The depth of the head must measure 1 inch, and there must be at least 1 1/8 inch depth from the eyes to the bottom of the photo.
Load your printer with photo paper. This may require you to change print settings with your printer or computer. Check your manual to confirm these details.
Print your passport photos, several to one page. Cut them out and attach them to your application as instructed.
Tips and warnings
- Make sure your photo is exactly right according to the regulations of your country. It takes a while to process your passport application, so you don't want to have to start over.
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