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Need digital camera help

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Post by Charles L. Cotton » Tue May 22, 2007 5:47 pm

I have a Canon EOS Rebel XTi digital camera. I need passport-size photos (2"X2") for classes and I've never used a digital camera for this. I can eventually get this size photo, either using specific software, or by editing in Fireworks 8. However, that will take a little more time than I would like, so I'm wondering if a printer specific for photos would have the capability to select the size of the photo. Or is there a way to set this in the camera?

Any suggestions?

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Post by Crossfire » Tue May 22, 2007 6:05 pm

Charles,

I use an Epson PictureMate photo printer. I had to practice a little bit to get the pictures just the right size. (With my Konica camera, that is exactly 6 feet from the person.)

After I take all the photos, I take the memory card from the camera, insert it into the printer, select wallet size photos, quantity 2, and then walk away. It prints 2 photos on a 4X6 sheet. No software, no resizing, no editing.

They look good, and best of all, DPS has never rejected any of our photos.
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Post by jimlongley » Tue May 22, 2007 6:13 pm

I would go with ll's solution, I have a couple of digital cameras and supplied my own CHL picture when we renewed. My passport photo was accepted, while my wife's was not, it was returned partly because it was digital according to the letter.

Spend a little time figuring out the distances and the camera settings and you should be all set.
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Post by jimd1981 » Tue May 22, 2007 7:35 pm

Charles,

Nice camera. llwatson has it right, proper framing and wallet-size printing is the win.

Your lens (and/and the size of the subject's head) determines the exact distance, but you should stand between 4 and 6 feet away from the subject, no zoom, neutral/bright lighting.
Make sure you photograph against a smooth non-reflective white background, with your lens at subject's eye/nose level. You'll want to use red-eye reduction on the flash (warn them about the "flashes" and if the subject wears glasses, have them tilt the head forward slightly to minimize glare). Auto mode on the EOS will do the right thing with regard to white balance, exposure, etc. A few practice shots and you'll have it down pat.

An Epson PictureMate printer (llwatson's dedicated 4x6 printer) and wallet size setting is the key to a "hands off" setup. Print right from the card. Note that Epson has some newer PictureMate printers that print a little quicker, but use different ink/paper.

Printer @ Amazon:


(No affiliation with Amazon, and, yes, llwatson took my CHL picture! :smile:)

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Post by Charles L. Cotton » Tue May 22, 2007 7:44 pm

Thanks for the help folks!

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Post by Liberty » Tue May 22, 2007 8:34 pm

jimd1981 wrote:Charles,

Nice camera. llwatson has it right, proper framing and wallet-size printing is the win.

Your lens (and/and the size of the subject's head) determines the exact distance, but you should stand between 4 and 6 feet away from the subject, no zoom, neutral/bright lighting.
Make sure you photograph against a smooth non-reflective white background, with your lens at subject's eye/nose level. You'll want to use red-eye reduction on the flash (warn them about the "flashes" and if the subject wears glasses, have them tilt the head forward slightly to minimize glare). Auto mode on the EOS will do the right thing with regard to white balance, exposure, etc. A few practice shots and you'll have it down pat.

An Epson PictureMate printer (llwatson's dedicated 4x6 printer) and wallet size setting is the key to a "hands off" setup. Print right from the card. Note that Epson has some newer PictureMate printers that print a little quicker, but use different ink/paper.

Printer @ Amazon:


(No affiliation with Amazon, and, yes, llwatson took my CHL picture! :smile:)
If the room has decent lighting that EOS will do the job without flash.
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