Passport photos on the cheap?

Found 1st Jun 2008
Well its time to renew passports for most of the family. 3 kids plus an adult = £210. Now that's a lot of money which obviously there's no way around. Now I was wondering (being a tight HUKDer) if I could save myself £15-20 on the photos by taking them myself. I know there are requirements that have to be met regarding positioning of the face and expression etc but the one which is making me hesitate is this:
"printed on low-gloss, plain white photo-quality paper (with no watermarks, embossing or printing on the back)"

I was thinking of taking them on my digital camera and then shrinking them down and playing about with the layout so that many fit on a 6x4 and then going to Boots/Tesco to get them printed and cutting them to size when I get back home.

Has anyone done anything similar?
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[URL="httphttp://www.ips.gov.uk/passport/apply-photos-standards.asp://"]The standards for passport photos[/URL]

The photographs must be:
[*] identical;
[*] recent (taken within the last month);
[*] 45 millimetres (mm) high x 35 millimetres (mm) wide (please do not trim your photographs to meet this condition);
[*]taken against an off-white, cream or light grey plain background so that your features are clearly distinguishable against the background;
[*]printed on low-gloss, plain white photo-quality paper (with no watermarks, embossing or printing on the back);
[*]undamaged, for example, by creases from paperclips;
[*]of you on your own (no toys, dummies or other people visible);
[*]a close-up of your head and shoulders so that your head, from the bottom of your chin to your crown is between 29mm and 34mm high; and
[*]clear of writing on the front and back.[/LIST] The photographs must also:
[*] be in sharp focus and clear;
[*] have a strong definition between the face and background; and
[*] be printed professionally. Photographs printed at home are not likely to be of an acceptable quality.[/LIST] The photographs must show:
[*] no shadows;
[*]you facing forwards, looking straight towards the camera;
[*]a neutral expression, with your mouth closed;
[*]your eyes open and clearly visible (with no sunglasses or heavily tinted glasses, and no hair across your eyes);
[*]no reflection or glare on your glasses, and the frames should not cover your eyes (you may find it easier to remove your glasses);
[*]your full head, without any head covering, unless it is worn for religious beliefs or medical reasons; and
[*]nothing covering your face. Please make sure nothing covers the outline of your eyes, nose or mouth.[/LIST] Please see the links below for more detailed information:
Full ]guidelines are available for members of the public by clicking here (pdf, 301kb, new window)
]Download our guide for professional photographers as a pdf, (pdf, 61kb, new window)
You can upload the pictures to places like Photobox.co.uk - Passport photo's are 99p or 89p for 5+

If you look around there may be some free print codes, although these will be for standard prints not passports.

I did my youngest daughters myself this way. Asking for a 2 year old to sit still in a photo booth at £5 a pop is asking for trouble. Just remember to follow the guildlines about background, size etc..
I have done that for my friend. Took the photo against plain background, resize, then arrange it as many as possible on a photo paper and print it out myself.
Works fine.
yep, no reason you can't do it yourself. have done them in the past. providing you stick to the guidelines you'll be fine
Just applied for my daughters renewal passport. Took 6 attempts, what with fitting signatures in the box, wrong details on the photo, scribbled out mistakes on the back page, (any other page is perfectly ok, just not the back one ! ! ! ! ) to name but a few.

Save yourself a lot of hassle and use this


Its from the Passport agency, and the only thing you then need to get right is the signatures and the co-signer. Fast enough service, it'll also save you £7 each passport checking fees if you're not in a big hurry!
They are a bit more relaxed for children and babies so I did my 4 month old's myself. The passport came back fine, no problems at all.
wouldn't take the risk - why chance it? Any underground station is £3 for four - great quality.
Thanks for the info guys, hadn't thought of checking for pics online. Have found ]MyPix.com doing passport prints for £1 with £3.50 back from Quidco, haven't gone ahead yet so don't know what the P&P is but sounds better than £15-20.
Hi, we took our photos against a plain wall in the house and then printed them off at Asda, i'm sure it only cost less than £1.00 per person.

wouldn't take the risk - why chance it? Any underground station is £3 for … wouldn't take the risk - why chance it? Any underground station is £3 for four - great quality.

not much good for a baby, you'll not get valid photos without a lot of luck and frustration

we did ours with baby lying on a sheet and then used an online service to get the prints
I have had to get a number of passport photos and always find a kodak photo place or photo shop which has professional photograhers who will take your photo on digital camera with all of the right backgrounds and specifications, let you choose if you like the photo you like, and normally works out cheaper with the printing of the passport photos. We got 12x passport photos for £5, 6 months ago which isn't bad especially when those train station booths cost £4 for 4.
Great for fidgety children who may need more than one take to get the photo right!
These places are easy to find from my experience.

If you're down south here is a good place: salisburyphoto.co.uk/
You can try epassportphoto.com/
Upload a passport type photo taken yourself, and use this site's software to correctly position it, face size, etc. Then save to your PC, and upload to Tesco Photo's (or similar), collect in store, and it shouldn't cost more than 15p per sheet with 6 photo's.

From site....
ePassportPhoto.com is the Internet passport photo booth, empowering people around the world to make free and valid passport photos. We put an end to the passport photo rip-off - join our revolution today by following 3 simple steps for making free passport photos!
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