Passport Photo Apps | How to Save Money Before Your Next Trip


Hi there, it’s Ernest from Trip Astute.
In this video, we’re going to discuss passport photos and how you can save
money by doing them yourself. (light chiming music) Passport photos are one thing that I often
recommend that people carry when traveling and have available at all
times. You never know when you might need one. For example, if you lose your
passport, you’ll likely need one at the embassy, and if you’re traveling under a
visa, you’ll often have to provide one. In fact, we did a video not too long ago of
“What you should do if you lose your passport”, and we recommend carrying a few
photos in case you find yourself in this situation. I recently decided to try out a
few passport apps that are available for download. They all pretty much function
the same, so instead of doing a review of each one, I thought I’d walk you through
the general process and give you some tips that I learned along the way. I
tried a couple different iOS apps on my iPhone like Passport Photo, Passport
Booth, and ID PhotoPrint. All were really similar and they provide
guidelines on how the photos should be framed. You’ll see that the apps show
lines and silhouettes where your chin and face should fit in the photo. The
apps essentially walk you through the process and explain what you should and
should not do. Once you’re done, the app allows you to order a set of photos for
much cheaper than you would pay to have them professionally done. Still, you’ll
often have to wait for them to mail the photos to you. I do want to highlight
that ID PhotoPrint allows you to actually email a copy of the photos in a
4×6 photo size, which you can then send to a printer and get a set of six or
twelve photos for less than a dollar. The other apps will let you export photos
for printing, but they give you the image in a format that’s either wasteful in
terms of space, or in a size that can get distorted when you print it out. If you
find doing it yourself to be cumbersome, then know that you have options. You can
get passport photos at most US pharmacies, and it’s often offered at
other small shipping and travel related businesses. For example, a smaller store
in my area offers six passport photos for twenty dollars, which may seem
expensive, but it’s still cheaper than what you would get at a larger pharmacy.
If you decide to create your own passport photos, here are some things to
keep in mind. Number 1: Use a white background. You’ll want to have a
clean white background without any additional objects, like plants or
paintings. Number 2: Take off your glasses. Passport photos require that you
do not have anything blocking your face, so glasses of any sort should be removed
prior to taking the photo. Number 3: Bounce light to reduce shadows. You’ll
want to avoid shadows in your picture. To do so, you may need to bounce light in
your room. You don’t necessarily need to have expensive lighting to do this
either. Just placing household lights on both sides of you can help fill in the
shadows around your face. Number 4: Don’t smile. While we should all try to
smile more in life, the passport photo is apparently one instance where you should
not smile. Number 5: Have someone take the
picture, if possible. It’s not only easier, but also your rear phone camera is often
more robust than your front-facing camera. Plus, I found it much more
difficult to get the right angle and lighting when I try to take a selfie
with my camera. Have you tried using one of these passport photo apps? if so,
please share your experience in the comment section below.
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next time, travel safe and travel smart.

11 thoughts on “Passport Photo Apps | How to Save Money Before Your Next Trip

  1. That’s good info!!! I got lucky b/c my wife was a professional photographer so she did the photo for our daughter baby photo

    Oh btw good info about not smiling

  2. Hi anoter great video,thx for all the hard work and info…
    I would love if you can make a mini segment or videos of all the benefit that the visa infinite ofers,
    Well more specific on how to use the benefits in details for example the road side or the purches protection and wat will I NEED to make my claims…I saw that you made a couple of this videos and I love them..:)
    Thx hope you have a wonderful day.
    🙂

  3. Great information! This is a topic that I never thought I would need but now I feel I need to get one of these Apps. Thank you for putting this together!

  4. I hate not smiling I smiled when I had my ID photo taken I feel if I don't smile it will look like a mugshot which I have never had but have seen pictures of and no one smiles in those

  5. Very useful video and channel. keep it up, you gain a new subscriber. May i ask you which program do you use to make your thumbnails? i love them.

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