US Passport Photo Method
, Sept. 1996)
Load your SLR with ISO 100, 200, or 400 color print film. Your lens should be 50mm or a zoom set to 50mm.
Place your victim, suitably attired, at least three feet in front of a plain, evenly-lit background, such as a white or grey wall.
While standing 65 inches from the subject, make a series of exposures with on-camera flash.
Have the film processed and printed to 4x6-inch size. If you get a free extra set of prints, all the better since you need two identical photos.
Select the best shot. carefully cut out 2x2-inch head and shoulder compositions similar to the official U.S. passport sketch below.
the head should be 1" to 1-3/8" high, centered, showing the tops of the shoulders
The two pictures must be
U.S. State Department
for forms and other passport information.