Although the U.S. Department of State recommends that you use a professional passport photo service to ensure your photos meet all of the requirements, you can easily create appropriately-sized passport photos with your own camera and the free online passport photo creator at ePassportPhoto.com. When you download your photos to ePassportPhoto you can change their size and even print them if you have the appropriate paper loaded in your printer.
Find an area that has a white background colour and instruct the person you are photographing to stand about one foot in front of that background.
Instruct the person to have a neutral expression on his face and ask him to remove his glasses if he is wearing them.
Stand about 6 feet away from the person and take a picture that shows him from the shoulders up. Leave about 6 inches of spaces above his head.
Connect your camera to your computer and upload the picture to a location of your choice.
Navigate to epassportphoto.com, choose "United States" and "Passport (2 by 2)" from the drop-down menus on the home page and click "Get My Passport Photos."
Click on the "Choose File" icon and upload the photo you created in Section 1 from the location you saved it in Step 4 of Section 1. Click "Next" and wait for the photo to upload and be displayed on the screen.
Hover your mouse icon over the photo. You will see a small cross icon. Click and hold down your left mouse button and drag the selection so that it covers the desired area of the image. Two green rectangles will appear as you drag. Ensure the top of the head and the edge of the chin are inside these rectangles. Let go of the mouse and click "Next."
Click on "No thanks," which is highlighted in blue on the web page. Click on "Download the passport photo sheet image" icon on the following page. A JPEG file with five 2-inch by 2-inch passport photos will be downloaded to your computer.
Insert one sheet of photo paper into your printer. Print the JPEG file with your passport-size photos on it.
When you download your photos to ePassportPhoto you can change their size and even print them if you have the appropriate paper loaded in your printer.
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- When you download your photos to ePassportPhoto you can change their size and even print them if you have the appropriate paper loaded in your printer.