We love doing passport photos – precisely because they are a challenge.
And I do not mean the taking of the photo. Yes, that too needs to be done well: pure white background, neutral expression, looking straight at the camera, no shiny skin refections, no shadows, well lit, good colour, veils must not cover eyebrows, glasses discouraged but if used no refections – and so on.
But the really fun challenge is to get the format right. Here, for example is China’s required format:
Take a good look at that – the specificity of all the different dimensions. And if you get them wrong, your photos are rejected.
What if the person has an afro? Or if the hair is wild? The top means “where the skull is”. It can be hard to tell…
And what if a person has a very wide face – like a small child? Then it may be almost impossible to get the picture to meet those requirements. So this needs care and attention and, dare I say kit, some artistic feeling as well as mathematical insight.
And then there’s digital. “354 x 472 pixels” – specific much?
And of course most countries’ specifications differ from most other countries’… and they can change over time – as well as per embassy!
And this is why we love doing passport photos: because others do NOT do them well. We virtually never get them rejected. And it’s always fun too do a good job.