Monthly Archives: February 2012

Canadian Passport Photo Specifications

Canadian passport photo requirements are the one of the most strictest in the world. To meet the requirements, you may download this passport photo software for Canadian passport photo making. Here is the overview of the Canadian passport photo specifications:
1. the size of Canadian passport photo is 50mm wide 70mm high.
2. the height of head must be between 31 mm (1 1/4 inches) and 36 mm (1 7/16 inches).
3.should be taken with a plain, uniform, white background.
4.the face should be positioned in the middle of the photo.
5.the person’s facial expression should be neutral(eyes open and clearly visible, mouth closed, no smiling) with shadows, glare or flash reflections is unaccepted.
7.showing the natural skin tones.
8.the photo should be taken within the last 12 months.(within the last month for children) should be printed on high quality photo paper .
10.color photo or black and white photo are acceptable.
11.the name and address of the photographer and the date the photo was taken must be handwrited on the back of one photo  Your guarantor must clearly write on the back of one (1) photo: “I certify this to be a true likeness of (applicant’s name)” and sign his or her name (unless you are applying to renew a passport, as no guarantor is necessary for renewals).

below are some examples of acceptable photos:

Note: To apply for Canadian Passport, You need to submit two identical Canadian passport photos with each passport application.

We also attached a official document of  Canadian Passport Photo Specifications, you may download it for photo checking.
Click here to download Canadian Passport Size Specifications(*pdf)

Chinese Passport Photo Specifications

Here are the Chinese Passport Photo Specifications:
1.the Size of photo is  48mm high, 33mm wide.
2.the height of head(from bottom of chin to the top of the crown) must be between 28mm and 33mm.
3.the width of head must be between 21mm–24mm.
4.Should be facing forward with a light blue background .
To meet the requirements, you could download this passport photo software for photo cropping, adjusting and printing.

French Passport Photo Specifications

Just like many other countries, The specifications for French passport photos now need to meet the biometric passport standards. To make your French passport photo easier,  you could download this passport photo software for photo cropping, adjusting and printing. Following is the French passport photo specifications:
1.the passport photo size of France is 45 mm high x 35 mm wide.
2. the height of head must be between 32mm and 36mm.(occupy 70% – 80% of the photo)
3.must be taken within the last 6 months.
4.the portrait should be positioned in the middle of the photo.
5.showing the natural skin tones.
6.the photo should be in color,  printed on high quality photo paper.
7.the background must be plain white.
8. the mouth should be remain closed, the facial expression should be neutral. with glasses, face masks and veils are unaccepted.
10.taken in a well-lit environment, should not have any flash reflection or red eye.
11.the photo should show your eyes clearly (no hair in eyes).

(note: to apply for a French Passport, you need to submit two copies of passport photo for the application)
See also our guide to Infant and Children’s Passport Photos.

Australian Passport Photo And Australian Baby Passport Photo Specifications

Recommended Software for Australian passport photo making:
You may use this Australian passport photo creator software to make your own passport photo and baby passport photo.

Australian Passport Photo Specifications:
1. the size of the photo must be 45-50 mm in height and 35-40 mm in width, but in general, we recommended that the photo size should be setting at 35mm wide and 45mm high
2.the photo must be taken no more than 6 months before you submit the passport application form.
3. the height of the head must between 32 and 36 mm.
4.the photo should show a clear,  full front view of face and centered, with proper contrast,brightness  and sharpness. (that means you should  take the photo in a well-light environment)
5. printed on high-quality paper with no  ink marks or creases. And the resolution of photo should higher than 300DPI. should use a uniform background to provide  contrast to the face,you may use following background color for photo taking:light blue, cream, beige, pale grey, white
7. showing natural skin tones and neutral facial expression , mouth remains closed. photo with flash reflection ,red-eye, shadows are unacceptable.
8.the photos can not be  digitally altered.(that means you can not adjust the brightness , contrast, sharpness, etc. on your PC’s software or even the camera’s on-board photo adjustment feature, like Canon Eos 60D  In-Camera Processing feature)
9.Head coverings  hats or caps are unacceptable.

Click here to download Offcial Australian Passport Photo Guide

Australian Baby Passport Photo Specifications
 Now, Babies and infants in Australia need to have separated passports. The requirements of Australian baby passport photo are litter bit relaxed than the general  Australian passport photo.Below is the specifications of  Australian baby passport photo:
1. the applicants should look straight at the camera.
2. no hands showing in photo.
3. photo with flash reflection , shadows are unacceptable.
4. printed on high-quality paper.
5.the size of photo and biometric requirements are same as general Australian passport photo: the size of the photo must be setting at 35mm wide and 45mm high. And the height of the head must between 32 and 36 mm.
6.use a uniform plain light background.

For more detail info about how to take a baby passport photo, you may visit our guide to baby passport photo


How to take a baby passport photo

Although, there is not a universal standards for babies passport photo, but to prevent rejection, you may follow the following guideline to take babies passport photos:
1.the baby or child is awake when taking the photo
2.looking straight at the camera.
3.mouth should remain closed.
4.showing both edges of the face clearly and no hair across the eyes.
5. photo with toys, pacifiers, blankets,chair backs or any other objects in view is unaccepted.

It is not easy to take a baby passport photo since it is hard to keep baby looking straight at the camera and showing the proper expression. However, you may try this technique to get best passport photo of your child and make thing easier: put a suitable colored sheet(for UK is light gray or cream white) on the bed or floor, lay the baby on it.  Because the specifications required no visible support. if you need to hold the baby, you may placing your hands under the baby’s clothing. while shooting, you may use props to capture their attention and keep them looking straight at the camera. after few shoots, you should be able to get a acceptable photo of your baby.
After photographing, you may use this passport photo software to crop the photo to a standard baby passport photo.

German Passport Photo Specifications

Like many other countries in the world, German adopted biometric passport system. The German Passport included a contactless smartcard that embedded into the cover page of passport, the smartcard contains fingerprints and other biometric data. And the passport  photo of  German passport must also follow with their biometric passport photo standards.
Below are the specifications for German passport photos:
1.The size of the passport photo should be  45 mm high x 35 mm wide.
2.The height of the head on photo must be between 32  - 36 mm.
3.The photo should show a clear,  full front view of face and centered with proper contrast and sharpness.
4.The photo should be taken in a well-lighted environment, flash reflection, shadows,or red-eyes is unaccepted.
5.The background of photo  should be plain cream or plain light grey.
6.The face expression should be neutral, the mouth should be remain closed  and avoiding  smile.
7.The photo should  be printed on high-quality photo paper .

To meet the specifications of German Passport Photo, you could also download this passport photo software  for passport photo making.
We also attached a official document of German passport photo sample, you may download it for photo checking:
Click here to download German passport photo sample (*pdf)

China Visa Photo Specifications

China visa photo requirements have changed to meet with the new international biometric standards recently. To meet the requirements, you may download this passport photo software to make your own  China visa photo.
Following is the specifications of China visa photo:
1.the photo size of China visa is 2 x 2 inches(5.08 x 5.08 cm).
2.showing a full frontal view of the face.
3.taken within the last 6 months. with hats are unaccepted.
Other requirement seem to be same as US visas:

biometric requirements:
the height of head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (between 25 and 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin of the portrait to the top of the head. the photo also need included the top of the hair and shoulders.
The background of passport photo must be plain white or off-white.
Uniforms should not be worn in the passport photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily. hat or any head covering, headphones, wireless hands-free devices(or other similar items), dark glasses or non-prescription glasses with tinted lenses is NOT acceptable. but the normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device or similar articles, they may be worn for your photo.
Face, Lighting and Shadows:
The photo should be taken in full-face view, facing the camera and need to be taken in a well-lit environment, shadows can not cover the face of the portrait. the expression of the photo should be neutral, smile is omitted and the mouth should be remain closed. In addition to the lighting of the passport photo, the contrast should be normal, Most of the default camera settings should fine.
Other requirements:
The photo must be in color and printed on high quality photo paper.

Schengen Visa Photo Specifications

When you submitting your Schengen visa application, you have to submit two identical visa photo, one pasted on the application form, and another for submitted loose.
The Schengen visa photo must be taken on high-quality and the photo must follow the following specifications:
Photo Size:
The size of the visa photo is 45 mm high x 35 mm wide
Biometric Requirements:
The size of the portrait from the bottom of the chin to the top of crown must be between 1 ¼ inches(32 mm) and 1 3/8 inches(36 mm).
Other Specifications:
1.Taken in full-face view, with light background.
2. Must be in-color(black and white photo is unaccepted).
3. The colors of photo must present a natural appearance. The photo must not have any scratches.
4. Printed on high-quality photo paper

We attached two documents to help you pass the application: one is the official Schengen visa photo instructions document, you can follow the guideline and make sure your photo won’t be rejected. another is Application document for Schengen visa.
Click here to download Schengen visa photo instructions(*.pdf)
Click here to download Application for Schengen Visa(*.pdf)