Passport-Compliant Photos: Is there a trick?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by (PeteCresswell), Jun 29, 2006.

  1. The standard is 2 x 2 inches, but with top-of-head-to-bottom-of-chin required to
    be between 1 and 1 3/8".

    I'm going to use the brute force approach and just have somebody take about six
    pics of me - backing up a foot between each one.

    Is there a more elegant way to do it using PhotoShop? Sounds simple... but I
    couldn't make it happen. I could do the 2x2 part and I could do the 1-1 3/8
    part... but I couldn't make them happen simultaneously.
    (PeteCresswell), Jun 29, 2006
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  2. (PeteCresswell)

    Marvin Guest

    Use any image editing program. Take a few shots. Pick out
    the best. Enlarge so that the face in a 2X2" crop fills
    most of the height.

    It is easier to cut-and-try in an image editing program than
    to get the initial photo just right.
    Marvin, Jun 29, 2006
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  3. (PeteCresswell)

    Eatmorepies Guest

    My wife ignored the fact that I take pictures and went to town and sat in a
    photo-booth. The horribly overexposed pictures were useless - and cost £4!

    She then let me take her picture with my reassuringly expensive camera and
    lens - it was excellent. But she has a face that didn't fit the dimensions
    wanted by the passport people. If I got the right amount of hair and
    shoulder in, her face was below the (some number in mm) size they wanted.

    I used the resize command in Photoshot a few times and eventually arrived at
    a compromise in which her face just got up the minimum size quoted. Of
    course the passport people then scanned it into her new passport and made it
    look rather like the overexposed ones from the photobooth - perhaps the
    booth got it right first time.

    To answer your question - use resize in your photo editor.

    Eatmorepies, Jun 29, 2006
  4. Well, back in the old days, I used a special camera from Polaroid that
    took two compliant photos at the same time.
    Randall Ainsworth, Jun 30, 2006
  5. When I had to get a passport photo taken, I just went to CVS. I don't
    remember what it cost, but they were aware of all the rules and
    regulations and I didn't have to nit-pick with how large my head was or
    Mike Angstadt, Jun 30, 2006
  6. Frank Rodriguez, Jul 4, 2006
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