Passport photos & penny pinching.

Was going to get the misses & the 2 kids & myself photos took in Tesco for our passports.
The price is £5 p/head so £20 in total.

Could I just use a white sheet behind me & take the photos in the house & then transfer them on to the PC & print using photo paper....Will this be accepted ?

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Yes. There are quality guidelines on the government website so as long as its sufficient quality and adheres to the guidelines then you can print them yourself.

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StevenA2000_uk

Yes. There are quality guidelines on the government website so as long … Yes. There are quality guidelines on the government website so as long as its sufficient quality and adheres to the guidelines then you can print them yourself.


Would I be able to do this in Adobe photoshop ?

You could try epassport

You can either let them check and print the photo for a charge or print yourself for free.

What's £20 when you see how much 4 passports is going to cost? X)

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gavjbrown

You could try epassportYou can either let them check and print the photo … You could try epassportYou can either let them check and print the photo for a charge or print yourself for free.


I never seen a print for free option ?


I did my own and a few mates a couple of years back for a holiday to gran canaria. I think that statement is a throw back condition put up there when the majority of people didn't have access to high-res cameras and photo printers.

If done properly who the hell could tell anyway.

I have worked in passport production and the photo check is automatically done by a computer and there are strict standards - inevitably, 'cheaper' options will just not be accepted - the best place is to go to a photographer that's been accredited so you'll get them right - the amount of people that get photos done and then have to pay again because they've opened their mouth or tilted their heads slightly are numerous.

IzzyDiggler

I have worked in passport production and the photo check is automatically … I have worked in passport production and the photo check is automatically done by a computer and there are strict standards - inevitably, 'cheaper' options will just not be accepted - the best place is to go to a photographer that's been accredited so you'll get them right - the amount of people that get photos done and then have to pay again because they've opened their mouth or tilted their heads slightly are numerous.



It's not rocket science is it, you would have to be a complete muppet to screw it up.

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WheresMeNuts

I never seen a print for free option ?



Well the option is there and its says so on the main page. when it asks how you want to pay click "no thanks"

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Syzable

What's £20 when you see how much 4 passports is going to cost? X)


Why pay £20 if I have a camera a white wall/cream wall & photoshop on my PC & will only take me around 30 mins to do the 4 people & have them printed.
Due to how easy it should be I think it's worth saving £20.

WheresMeNuts

Would I be able to do this in Adobe photoshop ?



as long as you dont alter any features of the person in the picture otherwise you'll get into serious soapy bubble if they find out. X)

melipona

Actually photographs printed at home are not acceptable.



You've renamed the link to make a conclusive statement.
I think it's fair to say that they wouldn't know.

Edit: If they are printed at home, I wonder if that would be acceptable?


Edited by: "thesaint" 3rd Apr 2011

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thesaint

Edit: If they are printed at home, I wonder if that would be acceptable?

I can't see how they would know or why it should even make a difference.
After all a photos a photo.

thesaint

You've renamed the link to make a conclusive statement.I think it's fair … You've renamed the link to make a conclusive statement.I think it's fair to say that they wouldn't know.


I'm not sure what you mean.
The words are taken directly from the linked direct gov page which tells you the rules for UK passport photos, pretty conclusive if you ask me.
However I do agree that you can get excellent results from a home set up and a diy photograph may well meet the criteria required, as I said in the rest of my post if you have the time to spare then submit a diy and see how it goes.
Edited by: "melipona" 3rd Apr 2011

Got mine done at Asda photo centre think it costs 64p for passport size, photos are slightly bigger than approved passport size but just trimmed them down.

If you grudge paying £20 for 4 sets of photos that will last 10 years for yourself and 5 years for your kids then you probably shouldn't be holidaying abroad anyway.

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Hissy Miss

If you grudge paying £20 for 4 sets of photos that will last 10 years for … If you grudge paying £20 for 4 sets of photos that will last 10 years for yourself and 5 years for your kids then you probably shouldn't be holidaying abroad anyway.


Hissy Fit calm down.The point is why pay £20 when I have everything at home to do it myself :-/


sweetas2009

Got mine done at Asda photo centre think it costs 64p for passport size, … Got mine done at Asda photo centre think it costs 64p for passport size, photos are slightly bigger than approved passport size but just trimmed them down.


Asda it's £6 per photo x4.

Because the passport office are unbelieveably picky and I'm 90% sure they would find something to pick youi up on. My mum had hers rejected for the pic being too close. If it was me, I'd go to one of the outlets (and there are many) with the digital camera and pull down background that guarantee acceptance or they redo them free of charge.

Best of luck with it though.

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If I follow the rules on the Links posted above I can't see me going wrong & it's got to be worth a risk of a 1st class stamp.

I did my childrens myself and they accepted them fine, when i had to do the babies, I was a bit concerned at keeping her still, took her to a local kodak shop and it was £3.50 woman took them personally with a camera and even trimmed them, gave me one of each shot, and she also said if they get refuse for any reason they would do them again for free

Who said .............home done photos wont be accepted .......? Thats rubbish .
I have taken the passport photos for the year 8 pupils at school for the yearly ski trip .White lining type paper as a background ,Paint Shop Pro as the editor ..............print on photo paper .........the size is 35mm x 45mm .......printed on a Epson 220 . I've done my own passport photos as well as the teachers photos . No problems .
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