Passport Photos

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Chris J Dixon, Aug 11, 2008.

  1. The instructions for UK passport photos now say:
    the fuller instructions for professionals adds:
    Has anybody had recent experience of acceptance or rejection of
    home printing?

    Chris J Dixon, Aug 11, 2008
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    Alan Wrigley Guest

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    Depends on your definition of 'recent'. I got a new passport two years
    ago with a home-printed photo, taken on a Canon 300D and printed on an
    Epson R1800. This probably doesn't class as 'home-printed' by their

    Alan Wrigley, Aug 11, 2008
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    Rob Morley Guest

    I used the machine in Boots without a problem.
    Rob Morley, Aug 11, 2008
  4. In the UK, the latest driving licenses are in black and white, which is
    mentioned as an enhanced security feature, so a different eye colour
    would not be a problem on those :)
    Harry Stottle, Aug 12, 2008
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    Rob Morley Guest

    ISTM that with passport pics you only need the correct size, aspect and
    background, and flat lighting.
    Rob Morley, Aug 12, 2008
  6. The main concern seems to be to allow face recognition software to read
    the photograph properly, so it needs to check various points on the face
    carefully, and when combined, those points would be unique to only a
    small proportion of people. If someone's face is on a wanted list, an
    alarm could be triggered, and further investigation would follow. I
    would expect that in future, when you hand over your passport, the
    photograph will be scanned and compared to an actual picture of your
    face, taken from a nearby security camera, this way, if the pictures
    don't tally exactly, again it will trigger an alarm, this would help to
    cut out human error when immigration personnel are busy and could miss
    slight differences. Face recognition software could also help if someone
    is using multiple passports with the same picture and different names,
    as this could also trigger an alarm, so passport photos need to be very
    clear on facial features like the position of the eyes, nose and mouth,
    and possibly ears, and if these are not clear, the photo will probably
    be rejected.
    Harry Stottle, Aug 12, 2008
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    Poldie Guest

    Not wishing to be pedantic (oh, who am I kidding - I love it!) but you
    *have* to submit a colour photo - they turn it into a black and white
    one on the ID card.
    Poldie, Aug 13, 2008
  8. Chris J Dixon

    Poldie Guest

    And also that they're printed "professionally", and that photographs
    printed at home are not likely to be of an acceptable quality, it would
    Poldie, Aug 13, 2008
  9. Not to be pedantic, but where did I state that a black and white photo
    had to be submitted?
    Harry Stottle, Aug 13, 2008
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    Rob Morley Guest

    If I use the machine at Boots/ASDA/Jessops I'm paying them to do it, so
    it's professional.
    Mine aren't - I only have a mono laser printer.

    Rob Morley, Aug 13, 2008
  11. We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the
    drugs began to take hold. I remember "[email protected]" <
    @> saying something like:
    Genuine LOL!

    Aye, it's getting harder to enter the Western Isles.

    Should have done some subtle PlaStic surgery on him, so that
    cumulatively he looked just enough like himself to fool him, but
    different enough to get a security bod interested.
    Grimly Curmudgeon, Aug 14, 2008
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    Geoff Berrow Guest

    It's amazing just how much you can do without people noticing.
    Geoff Berrow, Aug 14, 2008
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