First of all, you can just leave the settings of your camera in Auto mode.
Of course you can play with some of its settings such as the white balance, exposure, and the likes but don’t go for settings that will distort your face shape, enlarge your eyes, or smoothen your skin.
The photo should be as what you look like in person, as much as possible.
(Also, if you have a mirrorless camera, you can switch out the lens to have more focus.)
Makes sense, right?
1. The Background
You don’t have to buy a white background. All you have to do is to find a white or off-white wall.
Make sure that this wall is also smooth, or if it is not that smooth, you can still take your picture there and post-process it at a later time.
Another thing that you can do is to stick a piece of white paper or cardboard on the wall.
Alternatively, you can also just hang a white cloth at your back.
2. The Lighting
Natural lighting is best, so you don’t have to worry about artificial lights.
In fact, you can simply take a photo in front of a window or even outside. If you really need to use artificial lights, go for fluorescent bulbs. They are great because it gives the vibe of a post-office lighting.
Don’t place it too near your face because your photo might look overexposed. Just scatter the light around you to brighten up the shot.
3. The Tripod
You have to use a tripod and set your camera to a timer setting.
This is the case because you have to sit or stand straight in the photo. Your hands should not look like you are taking a selfie.
If you don’t have a tripod, you can just put your camera on top of a stack of boxes or books.
4. The Editing
Once you take the picture that you like, you still have to edit it using either a computer software (like Photoshop) or an application in your phone.
Deleting a few stray hairs is good, but doing other face modifications should not be done. Also, this is when you can crop the photo based on the passport photo regulations.
5. The Printing
You are now ready to print!
Use a photo paper and set the print settings to high quality so you can have a vivid picture.
Keep in mind that some passport photos are laminated, or there is a clear coat applied to the top. You just have to make sure that when they do those things, your picture still looks clear.
Taking Passport Photos on Your Own (2019)
Basically that’s how you take a passport photo with digital cameras (for headshots).
Pretty easy, right?
And you don’t even need any fancy equipment too.
Simply work with what you have, and boom! You were able to save a trip to a photography studio (not to mention a few bucks).
Remember that you still have to follow the passport photo guidelines because, at the end of the day, even if your goal is to look pretty or handsome in your photo, a passport photo is still going to land in a government-issued document.
Now, I’d like to hear from YOU:
Any other questions on digital cameras for passport photos?
Or how to take them?
Let me know in the comments, I’m happy to help!
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