Taking a visa photo

INZ is now using new facial recognition technology. This means the photos we receive with your
visa application must meet certain criteria so we can identify you clearly. The best way to ensure your photograph meets
our new requirements is to use a professional visa and passport photo outlet. Camera stores, and some pharmacies and chemists
also provide the same service. However, if you wish to take a photo yourself
or have someone take a photo of you this video will help. We’ll take you through a step-by-step process
for taking the photos correctly. To take a visa photo that meets our requirements
your cameras needs to take colour photos, allow changes to the colour space – we recommend
an SRGB setting, have a white balance match the artificial lighting to avoid an unnatural
skin colour, and be able to save photos as JPEG files. When it comes to adjusting some of these settings
different camera types may have a different menu. Check your camera’s manual if you’re unsure. The next thing you need to do is make sure
the aspect ratio is set to four-to-three. If the camera’s aspect ratio is set in pixels
divide the large number by the small number. If the result is 1.33 your camera is correctly
set. If your camera does not support the four-to-three
ratio you will need to crop your image later using image editing software. The pixels-per-inch count must be no less
than 900 by 1200 pixels, and no larger than 2250 by 3000 pixels to give a good quality
visa photo, and to meet our system requirements. When setting up the shot make sure you or
your subject is standing at least one to one-and-a-half metres from the wall to avoid shadows on the
background. The camera needs to be one to one-and-a-half
metres away from the subject so facial features are not distorted. The camera needs to be portrait-positioned
– usually on its side. Make sure there is only one person in the
photo and nothing in the background. Make sure all facial features are clearly
visible, and no hair is covering the face or eyes. If you wear glasses the eyes must be clearly
seen through the lenses with no reflections or glare. The glasses cannot be thick-rimmed. If you do get reflections or glare consider
removing your glasses for the photo. Your photo must be in focus, so either use
the auto-focus mode or, if using manual focus, make sure the subject is sharp. Make sure there is only one person in the
photo, and nothing in the background. Make sure all facial features are clearly
visible, with no obstructions. This means no hair, head coverings, or clothing
can be across your face or eyes. Religious head coverings can be worn but must
clearly show the face and the hairline. The photo must show a clear, unobstructed
facial image as explained previously. There are a few different ways to achieve
an evenly-lit portrait without shadows or red-eye. If you have a flash, and your flash has a
rotating head, tilt it up and bounce the light off the ceiling. This will remove any red-eye appearing in
your photo as well as harsh shadows. If you don’t have a flash, use natural light
and, if necessary, use a white-reflector or a large piece of white cardboard to bounce
the natural light onto the other side of the subject. This creates even lighting. Correctly framing the shot is also very important. The camera angle needs to be square-on, at
eye-level, and preferably on a tripod for a nice, steady shot. The subject needs to be looking straight into
the camera with a neutral expression and eyes open. The head – including hair – must take up 75%
of the frame. In order to achieve this, please ensure that there
is a clear gap around the head, ears, and eyes. Use an optical zoom to get closer if you need
to but do not use a digital zoom as this will result in a low-quality picture. Lastly, click the shutter button and take
the photo. In-fact, take a few shots – just to make sure
you’ve got it right. After you have taken the photo, check the
photo and make sure it meets all these requirements. To upload the photo you have taken, open the
Immigration New Zealand page and follow the links to the visa application page. Create a RealMe login. Follow the steps, and complete the form. At the end of the process, you will be asked
to upload your visa photo. Please check that the photo you upload meets
all the technical requirements. For more information on acceptable photos,
error messages you may encounter, and to see our tips for printing visit our website.

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