Passort Photo

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by John, May 12, 2008.

  1. John

    John Guest

    I need to get a photo of my 6 year old grandson for a passport renewal.

    The last time I took some passport photos I used a projection screen for the
    background. I have just read the requirements on the UK Passports web site
    and see it now requests "Light Gray or Cream".

    Any thoughts on this spec? I guess I might have to use a booth - however, I
    don't trust the grandson to keep a straight face.
    John, May 12, 2008
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  2. HTH,

    Geoff. Hayward, May 12, 2008
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    John Guest

    John, May 12, 2008
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    Trev Guest

    They can be very awarkward about paper type finish ect. It best to use a
    both or something like quicksnaps
    Trev, May 12, 2008
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    AnthonyL Guest

    I went to a photo booth outside Sainsbury's recently and IIRC it gave
    me the opportunity to preview the photo on screen before choosing
    either to print or retake it. There may have been a limit of 2 or 3
    goes but I know I wasn't happy with the first one so took it again.
    AnthonyL, May 13, 2008
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    Graculus Guest

    They suggest you don't print them yourself.

    However, I did some of my own against an off-white painted wall. If done at
    a high resolution and quality, it's then fairly straighforward to
    - straighten up any wonkiness
    - resize and crop to exactly fit the various dimension limits (size of
    picture, size and position of head)
    - copy and paste several times to create 8 identical frames in a 6x4" print
    - send that 6x4 image off to your favourite photo printing service.
    Make sure you do your measurements and scaling carefully - a calculator

    The IPS accepted these (even though there was a bit of a watermark on the
    back of the print, which is cotrary to their specifications)
    Graculus, May 13, 2008
  7. I did some for my stepfather a while back and the criterion is not that
    difficult. Have you a cream sheet or something to throw over your projector
    screen to use as a background?

    Roger Blackwell, May 14, 2008
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    John Guest

    Had a dummy run at it yesterday - we have an off-white (Ivory) wall. Need
    to get the screen out of the loft to serve as a reflector
    John, May 14, 2008
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    Bruce Guest

    What's wrong with bouncing the flash off the ceiling?
    Bruce, May 14, 2008
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    John Guest

    Alas - my digital camera has only a small built in flash. My old SLRs were
    more versatile and I still have a good flashgun with bounce facility but no
    (easy) way of using it with my fairly basic digitals. I am not going to
    attempt 35mm as I feel I need the ability to review and crop in the PC.

    I hope to use daylight and avoid any harsh shadow on the background.
    John, May 15, 2008
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    Bruce Guest

    Thanks, John. That makes it clearer.
    Bruce, May 15, 2008
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    OG Guest

    You should be able to get a slave adaptor for about a fiver so that the
    digital's flash can set off the other flashgun.

    You would probably need to turn off anti red-eye (the pre-flash would fire
    the slave prematurely) and you may want to block out most of the width of
    the digital's flash so it's not overexposing.
    OG, May 18, 2008
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    sales Guest

    Hi John,

    As a photographer in Goole, East Yorkshire, we photograph children’s
    portraits & passports every week.
    The new passport regulations are VERY stringent indeed. Some leeway is
    allowed for children under 6 but over that age the pictures must
    comply with adult specifications. for biometric scanning.
    If you wish to attempt it yourself & you have the relevant lighting,
    camera & equipment available to do it then you will have some fun
    interacting with your 6 year old, but if your on a tight deadline
    e.g.: within 8 weeks from your holiday I'd suggest seeing a local
    photographer who has specialisation in passports.

    As your first passport can now take 6 weeks as you may need to attend
    an interview, if your pictures are rejected, you slide to the
    beginning of the queue.

    If you do this yourself you can buy 10% grey paper on rolls from
    photographic suppliers. but you must ensure your subject is at least
    100-150 cm in front of the background so you don't get shadows on it.
    You lights & camera all have to be at eye level to reduce eye socket
    shadows, the lights have to be in an equidistant position from your
    camera at circa 15 degrees from the camera/subject line of sight. You
    should use a soft box on your lights too, it reduces red eye & softens
    the reflections in your child’s eyes.
    As a rule of thumb you should see both ears & have a neutral
    expression (which is tricky to do when your child has been force fed
    "Smile & say Cheese" every time a camera is in front of them. They get

    So all the above being taken into account I'd generally suggest you
    enjoy your holiday knowing that you got a picture & more importantly a
    passport on time via a local professional.

    I hope this advice helps you to get on your holiday with your son.


    dtphotography - goole - East Yorkshire
    sales, Jun 10, 2008
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