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Digital passport photos are used by some countries-for example, the Republic of Ireland-which have online passport applications. If your passport application requires you to attach a digital passport photo, you need to read this guide and find out how to take such a photo and what the rules and regulations are.
The best way to take your own digital passport photo is to get some help from a friend-selfies, webcams, and pictures of pictures are not acceptable. Also, your friend can help make sure the photo is taken correctly, so you don’t have to do as many retakes.
Position the camera at eye level, about one and a half meters (four or five feet) from your face. Use a smartphone or a digital camera with a resolution of 600 dpi or bigger. You can store your pictures on a pen drive, in the cloud, or just email them to yourself.
Here are the general requirements for a digital passport photo in Ireland:
When it comes to lighting, simple daylight works the best. Don’t use the flash because you must avoid the “red-eye” effect. The photo has to show your real eye color, as well as your actual hair color and skin tone, so make sure your camera captures your true colors. Avoid shadows on both your face and in the background.
The background of your photo has to be either white or an off-white color such as light gray or cream. The background has to be fully visible above and around your frame, so if your hair takes up space, try taming it with a hairband. No other objects or people can be visible in your photo. Avoid wearing clothing with patterns, and make sure your clothes stand out from the background.
Dress as usual and wear what you like, with a few exceptions. Remember that your clothes have to stand out from the white background, so don’t wear all white. Don’t wear corporate logos. Avoid bright patterns. Do not wear military uniforms, and avoid camouflage patterns. Religious clothing, if worn every day, is allowed.
Hats and headgear cannot be worn in your passport photo except for religious and medical reasons. You can’t wear any accessories such as headphones or sunglasses. Prescription glasses are allowed if they don’t obscure your face.
Children are also required to submit a digital passport photo. Generally, the rules are the same as for an adult, but if it’s a very small child or an infant you can consider laying them down on a white sheet with good lighting and taking the picture this way. No hands or pillows for support are allowed to be visible in the photo. Also, make sure that there are no pacifiers or toys in the picture.
Uploading your digital photograph to Ireland’s online website is very easy and user-friendly. Here are the steps to follow:
The easiest thing to take care of in your Irish passport application is your digital passport photo. Simply follow all the regulations and guidelines stated above, and everything should be approved. Remember the three most important areas: the background, the lightning, and you.
Last update: 21/12/2021
💡 Can I take a digital passport photo on my iPad?
Yes, you can take a digital passport photo on an iPad. Any device that can take photos of a quality over 600 dpi will be good for digital passport photo taking.
💡 What if my digital passport photo gets rejected?
You will be required to take a new one and submit another application.
A digital passport photo is used in passport applications. It is to be taken with a camera of a quality of at least 600 dpi, no more than 1200 dpi. Such cameras can be found even on our phones.
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