HOW TO PRINT PASSPORT PHOTOS FOR FREE

The challenges faced by an Indian traveler are immense. Just take the case of visas. We need visas for almost all countries. Typically you are charged around 10$ for 2 photos. Each country has its own unique requirements for photo size and number of photos to be submitted. You spend minimum 20$ as a couple for visa photos of 1 country. For a frugal traveler like us, 20$ although seems way too much. This blog will tell you exactly how to print passport size photos for free or at 1/10th cost. The requirements for passport photos are sometimes funny as you are expected neither to smile nor frown. :) Nonetheless this cannot be taken lightly since we know cases where either the visa was rejected or candidate was asked to come back because of incorrect photo. This is an important travel hack which we learnt to save our costs. We hope this guide tells you on how to print passport photos.

Contents

Generic Tips for passport and visa requirements
How to click the perfect passport photos
Tips to edit passport photos
Tips to covert the photo in 4X6 or 5X7 size using PC or Mac
Tips to covert the photo in 4X6 or 5X7 size using Android device
Tips to covert the photo in 4X6 or 5X7 size using Apple device
Tips to print the photo for FREE (N.America only)

How to print passport photos for free- selfie stick

Generic Tips for passport and visa requirements

  • First and foremost is to follow rules of the respective embassy website for background  and dress color. Some countries are flexible with light color background (Eg: India) where as Singapore expects only white color.
  • The applicant  should be looking absolute straight in the camera. No fancy make up or hair style. Try to keep it as simple as possible.
  • Wear head gear only for religious purposes. Else never wear it.
  • The applicant’s head, including face, ears and hair, should be shown from the crown of the head to the tip of the chin.
  • Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC) has posted some nice guidelines with photos here.

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How to click the perfect passport photos

  • You can click with any inexpensive point and shoot camera or a decent smartphone with at least 8+ mega pixel. Use the standard Auto or preferable Portrait mode of your camera
  • Adjust optimum light such that there is no shadows absolutely. Use a floor lamp to adjust light on subject. However too much of light is also not acceptable. Never use flash.
  • To achieve white background check any room in your home which has white paint or white curtains. Ensure the curtains are not folded. Ask someone to hold the curtains very straight. Even a simple white chart paper as background will do the trick.
  • Always use tripod if you have one or keep your camera on a stable structure and use the timer function.
  • Never use digital zoom. Infact photographer should adjust his/her distance from applicant and use minimum optical zoom.
  • Absolute zero blur.

How to print passport photos - Passport Control office

Tips to edit passport photos

  • All embassies recommend that not to edit the photo. Having said that you can always edit the background (Eg: Stains on the curtain etc)
  • You can also fix dark circles, blemishes which are NOT natural to your skin. We are very big opponent of editing facial photos for any purpose. But its ok to edit things with which you weren’t born with. Especially visa photos because the way you are judged by immigration officers is unbelievable. Also no harm in adjusting basic contrast and brightness since it will be clicked by an amateur photographer like yourself 😛
  • Use mobile apps like PicsArt or online tools like http://fotoflexer.com/

Tips to covert the photo in 4X6 or 5X7 size using PC/Mac

How to print passport photos for free - Id4photo

  • Upload the image. Specify the country, Photo dimensions as per embassy website and print size.

How to print passport photos for free - PC

  • Use Control Points for adjustment. Step 2 page has a very detailed tutorial just below the photo editor.

How to print passport photos for free PC

  • Wait for 90 seconds and download link will be available. For free, I can even wait for 1 hour :)

Tips to covert the photo in 4X6 or 5X7 size using Android device

How to print passport photos for free

  • Follow 4 simple steps as per the image .
  • Last step will ask you whether you want image with border or without. Always choose with border as it helps you when cutting the image.

Tips to covert the photo in 4X6 or 5X7 size using Apple device

  • Download the app 2x2pix from Apple Store.

How to print passport photos for free - iOS

  • Select the source of the image , adjust the control points and save the output with border

Tips to print the photo for FREE (N.America only)

  • If in N.America just google for “free photo prints canada” or “free photo prints”. Walmart Photo Centre US | Canada or else Snapfish always have some promos going on for first 15-50 prints. One 4X6 print gives you 8 photos. So the free offer is more than enough.
  • Always print with Matte finish

How to print passport photos for free- Walmart

  • If you are going to physically collect your copies (Eg: Walmart) then ask for a personal favor. Request them to cut the photo in your expected size for you using their professional cutting tools. My requests have never been denied by super friendly Canadians since it is against their policy. I try to find the guy from Indian subcontinent and start talking in Hindi :P. Once the Walmart guy said he is busy and gave me access to their cutting tool. Always go there at closing time or early afternoon when there is no rush.

What are some of your favorite travel hacks? We would love to hear back from you.

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