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Rulers in genral, and a passport crop guide would be handy.

Mar 30, 2012 12:31 AM

Once in a while I need to mess with design/art photos where a horizontal and vertical ruler would come in handy.  Since I haven't run into any, I just assume there are no ruler options.  Also I just took some new passport photos for a group of us, and thought that it would be handy to have a passport template (2"x2" with 1.1" face oval) as one of the "O" options.

 
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    Mar 30, 2012 2:58 AM   in reply to George in Seattle

    i say a biometrical passport crop template (overlay) would be very nice.

    of course not only 2x2 as there are other passport formats around the world.

     

    i have an extra tool for that but having such a feature in LR would be great.

     
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    Mar 30, 2012 3:25 AM   in reply to George in Seattle

    I don't know what the US passport office is like, but the UK passport office is now so incredibly fussy that I wouldn't recommend anyone doing passport photos without special software to check everything, and even then only if you're an expert in interpreting the multi-page rules.  There are a thousand things you can get wrong, and as most people are within a few minutes travelling time of a shop or booth with the right gear...

     
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    Mar 30, 2012 4:47 AM   in reply to CSS Simon

    i think the rules are the same (very similiar) across the EU countrys?

     

    i do passport photos. not commercialy but for my friends and family.

    right now i have done 12 the last 2 weeks because we need new pictures for the health insurance cards here in germany.

     

    it´s not that complicated at all when you have a tool like IDphoto (http://www.idphotos.info/de/Home.aspx).... then you have just just a few simple posing rules too follow.

    everyone who has shoot a few portraits in his life can do it.  

     
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    Mar 30, 2012 4:51 AM   in reply to -Agfaclack-

    -Agfaclack- wrote:

     

    i think the rules are the same across the EU countrys?

     

    i do passport photos. not commercialy but for my friends and family.

    right now i have done 12 the last 2 weeks because we need new pictures for the health insurance cards here in germany.

     

    it´s not that complicated at all.. just a few simple rules too follow.

    everyone who has shoot a few portraits in his life can do it.  

    I just had to have my passport renewed in the UK, and did it via an agency as I needed it in a hurry.  They told me the UK passport office has become MUCH more fussy since electronic/biometric passports were introduced.  The first photos I sent them had a very tiny shadow below the ears: no good.  The second were slightly too light: no good.  Both came from a shop with a camera with passport template markings on the screen. 

     

    It's a specialist type of photography.  Not hard to master - I'm sure most people posting here could do it easily enough - but nevertheless I reckon most accomplished photographers unfamiliar with the new passport photo rules are likely to make mistakes on the way.  And why bother, when professional passport photos are so cheap and so easy to get?  I'd recommend doing it yourself only to someone who has to take a lot of passport photos, and has time to cope with rejections. 

     

    Note: this is just photos for passports.  Visas, ID cards etc often have much more relaxed standards. 

     
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