How to take a digital photograph for submission via APPLES?
Step 1: Choosing a Digital camera
Step 2: Set-Up
The first step to a successful photograph begins with a careful setup.
You should ensure that you:
Step 3: Taking the Picture
A successful photograph should also present the subject accurately.
As such, you should ensure that:
Step 4: Transferring the photo from camera to computer
will need to refer to your digital camera manual for instructions.
- Depending on the digital camera and storage device, some may require an external reader connected to the computer before you can transfer the photo image from the removable storage devices to the computer.
Guidelines on Taking Photograph
a) You should face the camera directly
b) Facial features should be clearly evident in the photo
c) Spectacles should be worn if normally used. There should be no reflection on the eyeglasses.
d) Background should be plain white
e) Facial image is too big. Shoulders not entirely visible/hair cropped off
f) The photograph should have an even exposure
How do I prepare a scanned digital image of my photograph?
order to prepare a digital image of your photograph using a scanner, you would
software installed in your computer (PC)
recent passport sized colour photograph that meets the following specifications:
(i) Sharp and clear, 35mm wide by 45mm high without border and taken within the last 3 months;
(ii) Taken full face with you looking directly at the camera with head straight and eyes open with no hair across and/or covering your eyes/ eyebrows. Both edges of your face and the top of your shoulder must be clearly shown. You must not look over any shoulder and your head must not be tilted;
Taken with the image of your face measuring between 25 mm and 35 mm from chin
to crown of head;
(iv) Taken without wearing any hat or other head covering, unless you habitually wear a hat or head covering in accordance with your religious or racial custom. If any such hat or head covering is worn, the photograph must still be a full frontal view of your head and shoulders, showing your facial features in entirety with eyes open and clearly visible;
(v) If you wear glasses, the photograph must show your eyes clearly with no flash reflection off the glasses. The frames shall not cover any part of your eyes. Tinted glasses and sunglasses are not allowed;
(vi) Taken with uniform lighting with no flash reflections, no shadows, no uneven bright spots on the face and no red eyes;
(vii) Of white background, except that where if your hair, hat or head covering is white, the background must be light grey;
(viii) The photograph must show you alone with no chair back, toys or other persons visible;
The photograph must be printed on high quality paper at high resolution with
a matt or semi-matt finish with no ink marks or creases.
To Prepare a Digital Image of Your Photograph
a colour photograph of yourself that meets the specifications listed above.
your photograph face down on the glass bed of the scanner.
Once you are ready, you can either scan the image or use the preview function to view the image of your photograph. You would need to specify the area to be scanned by using your mouse to click and drag over the area that should be scanned.
|Note: This is to avoid a situation where the whole page is scanned resulting in only a small image of yourself.|
Once the scan button is clicked again, you will be able to view on your monitor a clear image of your photograph.
You can then use the existing tools available in your scanning software to:
the resolution / clarity of the image
adjust the size of the image to 400 by 514 pixels
size not more than 150 Kbytes
Once you are satisfied with the scanned image of your photograph, you may then save the image under a given name with the file format specified to “.jpg” extension.
No alteration, removal, amendment or enhancement of the photo image of the passport applicant's natural facial features are allowed. This includes removal or addition of birth marks, mole or tattoo etc. that constitutes the permanent facial feature of the applicant.
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