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04/08/2004 06:45:54 PM · #1
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'Making Your Own Passport Photos'
by Trinch

View this tutorial here.
04/08/2004 06:59:52 PM · #2
Once I shot a portrait of my mother since she needed an image of herself for a newspaper article. Few weeks later she needed a new passport and we just got this image printed in the correct size and that was no problem.
05/04/2004 01:24:04 PM · #3
A great and very useful tutorial!
11/06/2004 02:08:41 PM · #4
Just used this to print some passport photos for my sister and it made it super easy. Thanks!
06/24/2005 05:10:31 PM · #5
Hi,

Just a quick questions, after determining the dpi with the vertical distance, how do you figure out the image size (pixels x pixels)?

Thanks.
06/24/2005 05:32:52 PM · #6
Nevermind, I got it.
06/24/2005 07:25:40 PM · #7
I do believe that you cannot do that in Canada and some other countries.

If any Canadians are thinking of trying this... do let me know and I shall make the requisite verifications with the authorities at the Department of Foreign Affairs, and advise you accordingly.

Ray
06/24/2005 07:34:51 PM · #8
Nice job, Trinch. I made my own photo back in 2000 when I went to Amsterdam.

I have some ideas for tutorials but haven't gotten around to creating them...
- How to create a fake id
- Tips and Tricks for printing passable currency
- Cloning out your ex and replacing them with your current spouse in your wedding photos. (Be sure to use layers in case you need to use the photos for your third, fourth, fifth spouse)
06/24/2005 07:56:42 PM · #9
Originally posted by RayEthier:

If any Canadians are thinking of trying this... do let me know and I shall make the requisite verifications with the authorities at the Department of Foreign Affairs, and advise you accordingly.


http://www.pptc.gc.ca/passports/get_photo_specs_e.asp
10/19/2005 09:44:28 AM · #10
Any chance you can re-issue this tutorial for Microsoft Photo Editor, Digital Photo Studio or Arc Photostudio 5.5? Any one package would be fine.

Alternatively please comment on obtaining Adobe Photoshoo Elements 4.0 available for download at USD 90.00. I'm going nuts with so many editors. My needs are (a) passport photos (b) group auto fixing of photos (c) intuitive easy interface (d) template library for creative design of calendars and cards (e) web and forum support for updates and discussions and (f) Scan and fax support

Thank you.

Originally posted by Trinch:

Post your comments, questions, and reviews for...

'Making Your Own Passport Photos'
by Trinch

View this tutorial here.
10/19/2005 11:04:44 AM · #11
I appreciate this is probably intended as a guide for US based folks but it might be worth either making that clear within the tutorial OR adding additional information for other nationalities.

For example, UK passports must now conform to more rigid guidelines than previously. These guidelines specify how large the face must be within the frame, what colour the background can be, that the person must show a neutral expression (mouth closed, no smiling), no reflections in one's glasses, no head covering unless for religious reasons, etc.

I've copied the template for these photos here:
http://www.dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=246527

The full information can be found here:
http://www.passport.gov.uk/downloads/PLE03_web_Mar05.pdf

Kavey
10/19/2005 11:13:19 AM · #12
When I got my US passport photos a few months ago, the guiidelines they gave me said not to smile as smiling was considered an unnatural expression.

All I could think was "How sad".
10/19/2005 11:24:17 AM · #13
Originally posted by Kavey:

I appreciate this is probably intended as a guide for US based folks but it might be worth either making that clear within the tutorial OR adding additional information for other nationalities.


This is from the first paragraph of the tutorial (emphasis mine): This tutorial will show you how to take, format, and prepare your own passport photos. Rather than repeating what is already provided, please see the guidelines provided by the US Department of State. These will provide you with information regarding proper lighting, exposure, composition, and size. If you live in another country, please check for guidelines at your passport issuing authority as they will likely differ. For example, in Canada the final size can be as large as 70mm by 50mm, however, it appears as though they require a photo from a professional although that is not absolutely clear. Enough of this, let's get one with the process as it pertains to US requirements.

I think that it makes it clear that it's based on the US guidelines but I agree, it would be nice to compile a list of links to the requirements for various countries and have them included in the tutorial.

Originally posted by Kavey:


For example, UK passports must now conform to more rigid guidelines than previously. These guidelines specify how large the face must be within the frame, what colour the background can be, that the person must show a neutral expression (mouth closed, no smiling), no reflections in one's glasses, no head covering unless for religious reasons, etc.


The US has rather similar requirements as well.
10/19/2005 03:56:30 PM · #14
Originally posted by mk:

Originally posted by Kavey:

I appreciate this is probably intended as a guide for US based folks but it might be worth either making that clear within the tutorial OR adding additional information for other nationalities.


This is from the first paragraph of the tutorial (emphasis mine): This tutorial will show you how to take, format, and prepare your own passport photos. Rather than repeating what is already provided, please see the guidelines provided by the US Department of State. These will provide you with information regarding proper lighting, exposure, composition, and size. If you live in another country, please check for guidelines at your passport issuing authority as they will likely differ. For example, in Canada the final size can be as large as 70mm by 50mm, however, it appears as though they require a photo from a professional although that is not absolutely clear. Enough of this, let's get one with the process as it pertains to US requirements.

I think that it makes it clear that it's based on the US guidelines but I agree, it would be nice to compile a list of links to the requirements for various countries and have them included in the tutorial.

Originally posted by Kavey:


For example, UK passports must now conform to more rigid guidelines than previously. These guidelines specify how large the face must be within the frame, what colour the background can be, that the person must show a neutral expression (mouth closed, no smiling), no reflections in one's glasses, no head covering unless for religious reasons, etc.


The US has rather similar requirements as well.


Sorry, and I actually read it too, that bit passed me by.
Certainly I think it would be cool to include info for other countries if you'd be willing.

10/19/2005 04:11:31 PM · #15
Originally posted by RayEthier:

I do believe that you cannot do that in Canada and some other countries.

If any Canadians are thinking of trying this... do let me know and I shall make the requisite verifications with the authorities at the Department of Foreign Affairs, and advise you accordingly.

Ray


You cannot do that in Canada, the Passport office requires that you have the photos taken at a professional studio with the photos bearing their business stamp.
10/27/2005 07:17:32 PM · #16
nice idea playing with photoshop which isn't a big deal for us the pros... for more novice folks I suggest: www.epassportphoto.com

Message edited by author 2005-10-27 19:19:18.
02/03/2006 10:35:28 PM · #17
The link to the State Department at the top of the tutorial is out-of-date.

Here is a link to the current State Dept. Guidelines for Professional Photographers
01/04/2007 11:26:14 PM · #18
Here's an very easy-to-use software and instruction that will do all the measuring for you:

http://www.xzing.org/item/154

If you're appling a passport for a Country other than U.S., make sure the the picture produced by this software is acceptable.
02/19/2007 04:48:13 PM · #19
Hey, That was a sweet tutorial. Very well done and expertly illustrated. Thank you so much

rc
02/19/2007 05:11:51 PM · #20
Originally posted by doctornick:

Originally posted by RayEthier:

I do believe that you cannot do that in Canada and some other countries.

If any Canadians are thinking of trying this... do let me know and I shall make the requisite verifications with the authorities at the Department of Foreign Affairs, and advise you accordingly.

Ray


You cannot do that in Canada, the Passport office requires that you have the photos taken at a professional studio with the photos bearing their business stamp.


Right.. my coworker is a Canadian citizen and just had to do this last week - he needed to get his passport due to the new flight rules. The documents specifically say professional photographer. He wanted to do it himself until he read all the details.
06/09/2007 03:12:46 AM · #21
for Canadian passports you need to provide the name/address and phone number of the portrait studio where you had your passport pictures taken

even though I did this...it still took THREE tries for passport Canada to accept my professional photo submissions for my son's passport recently

they were extremely strict about the tiniest shadow or imperfection in the photo
09/12/2007 08:20:52 AM · #22
My beginning photo only measured 12 DPI a far cry from the tutorial's. It went downhill from there and I never could get the correct sizing on the finished version.
03/25/2008 03:10:48 PM · #23
Thank you. Your tutorial was well written and illustrated, and easy to follow. I had tried several other avenues of creating passport photos for my children before this one . . . all disasters.
03/25/2008 03:24:27 PM · #24
Just take it one step further and make your own passport.
03/25/2008 05:03:44 PM · #25
Funny you should post this. I went to the local CVS to get a passport picture of my son. The took out a cheap P&S and tried to get a picture of my 2 year old which wasn't going to happen. You try telling a 2 year old to hold still and look up and don't move.

I said, hold on, got my 20D, and fired off a burst of 8 shots. One of them was good. I was even able to white balance the shot. They then create passport photos with my pictures.

I then tried this tutorial. This tutorial assumes you're using a ruler by the pixel (which I don't).

I just had to figure out a calculation using Excel. I wish saved it so I could share it with you all.
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