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Photos for US Passports March 8, 2009

Posted by Matthew in Passports, USA.
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For those living outside of the USA, U.S. Passports can be obtained from your local US embassy.

Unfortunately, in Canada, obtaining a US-sized Passport Photo isn’t as easy as going to the nearest photo shop and paying the man/woman.

To take my photo, I set up my DSLR and took a bunch of different, well-lit photos, and picked the one that turned out the best. I loaded the photo into MS Publisher workspace measuring 4″x6″, and resized until my face was the proper size as indicated on the application form, and cropped around my head at 2″x2″. I then created a .JPG file with two copies of the 2″x2″ photo on it. (Two copies of the photo are required in an application.) I also made a version that was 5% larger, and one that was 5% smaller, to account for shrinkage/growth in the printing process. I sent all three copies to Costco for photofinishing via Costco’s online photo lab website. (I used Costco because each 4×6 cost roughly $0.17 after tax, so three copies came out to a whopping $0.51. This is much less than the ink cost required to print this on a photo printer at home, besides the fact that we don’t have any 4×6 photo stock lying around, nor a decent photo printer…) (more…)

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