Make Your Own Passport Photo

Don’t spend money for a terrible passport picture that you’ll be embarrassed to show to strangers all over the world. You can take your own shot, and make great first impressions instead.

Why is it that whenever you have an official photograph taken, you’re made to look like a criminal or terrorist? Sometimes, you don’t have a choice in the matter, such as for your driver’s license (or booking at the county jail). But when it comes to passport photos, you can submit your own picture, and I recommend you do.

There are general requirements for an acceptable photo:

  • Photographs must be identical and recent (within six months), with a clear full-face and front-view image. They may be in color or black and white.

  • The photographs must be at least 2” 2” (5cm 5cm), exclusive of any white borders. The image size, from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head (including hair), should measure between one inch and one and three-eighth’s inches. There should be at least one half inch between the top of the head and the photograph’s border.

  • There must be a clear contrast between the background and the image of the subject. The background of the photographs must be white. Grainy photographs cannot be accepted.

Easy enough, right? Now let’s talk about actually taking the picture, because that’s the important part. Here is the equipment you’ll need:

  • Digital camera with a self-timer or remote release

  • Tripod or alternative way to position the camera

  • Two pieces of white foamcore, ...

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