What is allowed and what is forbidden for a passport photo?

Anne Ritter
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1:33 Minutes

Not everything is allowed on a passport photo. A passport photo is a special kind of picture that must be biometric-sized. Also, certain objects or things are not allowed in the photo.

The following are allowed in a passport photo:

  • Light makeup to emphasize natural facial features.
  • Neutral, friendly facial expression.
  • Normal, closed shirt or blouse, as the shoulders and collar will be visible in the passport photo.
  • Light background if the hair color is dark.
  • Dark gray background if the hair color is light.
  • A visual aid (glasses) as long as the eyes are clearly visible.
  • Any hairstyle, but it must not cover the face.
  • A solid-color background, preferably light gray.
  • Only one face is in the photo.
  • The picture must be sharp and focused on the face.
  • Straight sitting posture with eyes fixed on the camera lens.

The following must not be done or should be avoided:

  • Laughter, as this will consume the face and make it more difficult to identify the person in the photo.
  • Headgear of any kind, such as a cap or scarf.
  • Anything that covers or obscures the eyes, such as sunglasses or colored eye lenses.
  • Low-lying clothing with too much skin.
  • Excessive jewelry or stickers on the face.
  • Pipe or cigarette in the mouth.
  • Chewing gum because the chewing deforms the face.
  • Hands or other objects on the face that partially obscure the face.
  • Eyes obscured by eyeglass frames.
  • Light background and light hair color.
  • Dark background and dark hair color.
  • People other than the person in the photo.
  • Wrong camera distance so that more than the person's face can be seen, for example, the upper part of the body.
  • Wrong angle, so that the face is photographed too much from the side.
  • Printing the photo on non-special photo paper or on a printer with too low resolution.

A good photographer knows what a passport photo should look like, so it is advisable to have appropriate pictures taken by a professional. Meanwhile, the prices for a passport photo are very affordable, and you get a decent photo.

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Anne Ritter

About Anne Ritter

I am interested in literature, find every day is a waste if I have not learned something new, go through everyday life with open eyes and my motto is: knowledge is life!

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