passport sized photos

Discussion in 'Photography' started by David, Apr 27, 2005.

  1. David

    David Guest

    hi all,

    I have to take 1300 passport sized photos of pupils in our school for a
    smart card system. I have a canon rebel camera and I was wondering if there
    was an easy way to do this to avoid cutting in photoshop ?

    Is there an application that takes the pics at passport size and saves them
    to disk ?

    David
     
    David, Apr 27, 2005
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    JME Guest

    Using Adobe you can do it. Simply create a new Action. Record your resizing
    and croping once, then automate it for the rest.
     
    JME, Apr 27, 2005
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  3. David

    Owamanga Guest

    Care would need to be taken to keep the distance between the pupil
    (his whole head actually) and the camera, also his position within the
    frame and a fixed zoom setting on the camera so that the Photoshop
    Action would give consistent results.

    Tripod and bench.

    Spend 2 hrs getting the process set up right and then 10 seconds on
    each kid. Make 'em hold a white board with their name on it (or
    student number etc) that stays in-shot but doesn't obscure their face
    but will be cropped away. That way you can identify the kid before
    cropping so that once the crop action is done you can save the file
    based on the kid's name. It also helps if the kids are photo'd in
    surname order within their class.
     
    Owamanga, Apr 27, 2005
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  4. David

    Guest Guest

    Use Photoshop > file Menu > Automate > Contact Sheet. Then choose how may
    per sheet of whatever paper size you use.
     
    Guest, Apr 28, 2005
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  5. David

    JME Guest

    That's a better idea than mine....

     
    JME, Apr 28, 2005
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    ian Guest

    No idea what country this is for, but the US immigration dept, for
    example, has
    extraordinarily stringent requirements for what constitutes an
    acceptable image
    (such as the measurement, in CM, from forehead to jaw; the angle of the
    head to
    the lens, etc) so be sure to find out the specifics for your passport
    office,
    and ensure that you capture that.

    Ian
     
    ian, Apr 29, 2005
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    Marvin Guest

    The U.S. State Department has a guide for passport photos at
    http://travel.state.gov/pdf/Photo Guide 10-01-04.pdf. In practice, they weren't
    stringent when my wife and I renewed our passports last year. We photographed each other
    against a white wall, with indirect lighting from a halogen lamp in the room. I cropped
    the photos, sized them to 2X2, and printed them on my inkjet printer on normal photo
    paper. They were accepted, although when the new passports came I realized thta my
    picture was somewhat dark. And I'vce used the passport several times, to enter several
    countries and to return to the U.S., without any problems. I used the same photos when I
    needed visas for Viet Nam and Cambodia.
     
    Marvin, Apr 29, 2005
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