This being said, let’s talk about tips and tricks to take a passport photo on your own.
How to Take a Passport Photo With Digital Camera
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.)
What about lenses?
When it comes to the lenses, going with mid or tele zoom like 85 mm or 70-200 mm is best.
“This’ll give a nice, flattering, compression without the distortion you’d see with a shorter lens. Obviously this is no time for a super-short-DOF portrait. Stop down your lens to between f/4 and f/8 for optimal, edge-to-edge sharpness. Set ISO and shutter speed to match.“
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.
Fluorescent bulbs are great because it gives the vibe of a post-office lighting. Do not 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.
You can edit the lighting, as well as the color of your shirt but do not alter the way you look.
(Click on the link to read in-depth reviews of each).
Just 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.
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