With apps and affordable home equipment easily available, snapping studio-grade photos right in the comforts of your own home is definitely possible for the tech-savvy parent. If you’ve decided to get bubba’s first-ever passport photo sorted on your own, here are some tips to consider before you begin.
- Find a plain white wall or background. Light coloured walls will also work if you know how to use image-editing software. If you don’t have Photoshop, online editing platforms such as Pixlr or Fotor will get the job done.
- Because passport photos require the subject’s face to be evenly lit and free of shadows, it’s best to take the photo with natural lighting during the day. If you’re taking the photo indoors, make sure to use white light. Avoid using flash as some babies can be sensitive.
- If your baby is unable to sit up on its own just yet, you can use a booster seat to keep him upright. Alternatively, you could lay your bubs on a flat, white surface (covering your bed, rocker or even car seat with a white cloth will do the trick) and take the photo from the top down.
- Keep baby’s head free of accessories – no cute hats or beanies allowed! Also, dress your little one in a solid coloured T-shirt. Avoid white items of clothing as it will end up disappearing into the background.
- Brush bubs’ hair down neatly and adjust any stray details, such as buttoning up his collar, or adjusting a lopsided top.
- If you’re having difficulty getting your baby to look at the camera, engage your child by grabbing his favourite toy and placing it behind your camera, as close to the lens as possible. Should baby start being distracted or restless, give him a small toy to fiddle around with.
- Place your camera on burst mode and snap as many photos as you can at one shot. Babies tend to have short attention spans, so you don’t want to risk having to re-shoot your photos after a few snaps. It’ll be way easier to select the perfect shot if you have dozens to choose from.
- If you’ve followed our above instructions, there should not be much left to do at this stage except for cropping the image and perhaps brightening it slightly. Crop the image to 400 by 514 pixels, and make sure your file size is around 150kb, and saved in JPEG format (.jpg). You can also use ICA’s online image editing tool to make sure baby’s image fits the bill.