It used to be the case that travelers who wanted a passport had to have their photos taken professionally. Today, there are apps available online that make it easy for anyone to take his or her own passport photo. Read on to find a few tips for how to use them.
Choose the Right Background
Passport photos must be taken on a neutral, solid-colored background. Find a wall that is either white or light gray and make sure to avoid shadows. Photos taken with colored or patterned backgrounds will not be accepted.
Get the Exposure Right
Photos must have the right exposure. If it is too bright or it shows shadows on the traveler’s face, this can cause problems. Get the exposure right and never apply photo filters to passport photos.
Ensure a Natural Appearance
Take out colored contacts and avoid red eyes by turning off the flash on the phone’s camera. There’s no need to worry about clothing, as the passport agency prefers travelers to wear what they would normally wear while traveling, but avoid headwear such as scarves and hats unless they are worn for religious reasons.
Remove All Objects
Don’t include any objects in the photo. …