How to Take Passport Photos From a Canon T2i

by Joanne Cichetti

According to the DIYPhotography website, a passport photo is a 5-by-5-centimeter photograph used on a person's passport and other documents where identification is required. Having passport photos done at a store can be expensive. If you have a professional SLR camera, such as the Canon T2i, you can easily make a set of pictures at home and have them printed.

Choose a plain white background. It could be just a white wall. Make sure there is ample lighting with no distracting shadows.

Stand close to the subject to capture his/her full face from the top of the hair to the bottom of the chin. Make sure the head is centered in the frame. If necessary, rotate the camera's zoom dial.

Position your Canon camera at the subject's eye level, about 0.5 to 2 meters away. Don't direct the camera's flash onto the face --- it creates "red eye."

Rotate the mode dial to the "Full Auto" option so the camera settings are set automatically.

Press the shutter button halfway to adjust the focus. The dot inside the "AF Point" will flash briefly in red. At the same time, you will hear a beep and see the focus confirmation light in the viewfinder. If necessary, the camera will engage the built-in flash.

Press the shutter button completely to take the picture. The captured photograph will then display on the LCD screen for about 2 seconds. If the built-in flash has popped out, push it down gently with your finger.


  • close You can alter, remove, amend or enhance a passport photo once you transfer it to the computer.
  • close For religious and racial customs, headgear can be worn so long as it doesn't hide the subject's facial features.

About the Author

Joanne Cichetti has written articles and Web content professionally since 2009, focusing primarily on health and lifestyle. In order to further pursue her writing career professionally, Cichetti inducted herself in the Long Ridge Writers Group, and she looks forward to having a novel published under their guidance.