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Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Saving on passport photos
Recently, had to get passport photos in 4.5 cm x 3.5 cm size for mailing to Canada. For some reasons, stores like CVS etc in my area only provide standard passport photos for use in the US, so they couldn't provide me the photo in 4.5 cm x 3.5 cm size. The alternative was to head to private photographers where I knew I would have to pay at least $25 and above. Instead, I headed to a free Website called ePassportPhoto to create my own photo. All I had to do was to get our pictures taken using our own digital camera.

The process of creating passport photos was very simple - I just had to upload one of our photos and then the site converted it into a passport-sized photo. For each photo I uploaded, it generally creates 4-8 individual photos (depending on the size of each individual photo) on a 4 x 6 photo; in my case, it created 7 photos in 4.5 cm x 3.5 cm size. The only thing I had to do after that was to download the jpg photo file. The entire process took less than 5 minutes. I then uploaded the photo jpg file at the online photo center at Wal-Mart and picked up the photo at their local store on the next trip. Total cost for the seven passport-sized photos? Under 25 cents, inclusive of sales tax! So I paid about 25 cents for the seven photos instead of $8-$10 we used to pay in the past for 2-4 passport pictures at stores like CVS, Costco, etc. So it was a really good deal - not only I got two photos in the required size that I needed to submit with my application but now I also have five additional pics for future use.

The photo site, by the way, does allow you to upload the pics to Snapfish or other online shops from the links on that site but we go to Wal-Mart frequently and didn't mind waiting to pick up the photo until our next trip there. Another good thing about the site is that it allows you to create passport-sized photos by allowing you to choose from various countries, including US, Canada, Thailand, Malaysia, South Africa etc. In addition, it gives you the option to specify whether the photos should be sized for passports, visa or greencard.

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