Monday, March 23, 2020

Until the Boogie Man Passes...

So, there's this thing, maybe you've heard of it? Some sort of deadly pathogen? Apparently, it has the power to shut down every aspect of humanity, yet simultaneously, spotlight the best of humanity.

Following the advice and directives of the medical profession and all governmental agencies-local, state, and federal-I'm exercising the power vested in me as "King of all things Passport Photo-ish" and hereby declare a halt to all photography services regarding passports, foreign and domestic, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

What that means is, I'm a "non-essential" business and until this cloud of uncertainty has passed and commerce in the United States-Florida in particular-has been given the green light to proceed with "business as usual," Newsome's Studio will remain closed.

Let's face it... I'm older than The Ten Commandments.... (the movie dammit, not the actual tablets), and this pathogen has a curious love for people within my age demographic, so my boney old ass is stayin' put until this mess is over.

I wish you all well and please, remain responsible!

Best Regards,
Kevin Newsome
Newsome's Studio of Photography, Inc.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

UK Digital Passport Photo

This year, the United Kingdom passport process went "digital only." All British or UK passport photos are submitted online, no longer are actual prints needed.

The UK passport photo was always 35x45mm with a head size of 29-34mm on a light gray or cream colored background. NOW, it's the same ratio in dimension, but measured in pixels instead of millimeters.

The new UK passport photo size requirement is "minimum 600x750 pixels" (outer dimension), showing down to the elbow so the UK passport office can crop it themselves. The file size of the JPEG  can range from 50k to 10mg.

We've found that a more suitable size for this new image is 1000x1250 pixels, often resulting in an image that is just less than one megabyte.

When it's time to update your UK or British passport, call the experts in foreign passport photos, Newsome's Studio of Photography.

Located in Carrollwood (North Tampa) at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219, Tampa, FL 33618.

All work by appointment only... 813-968-2810

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Ever Lost Your Photos Before Applying?

Every now and then (at least once or twice a month), I receive a frantic call from a passport client who procrastinated about sending their passport application in. In every case, they can't find the photos I did for them just a month or so ago.

No problem, I keep all passport photos on file, so reprints are a breeze. As long as the image is less than six months old, it can still be used with your application. Reprints are discounted so it won't break the bank, and all you have to do is come by the studio to pick them up (I will mail them if you're out of town).

Try THAT with a drug store.

Newsome's Studio is located at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219, Tampa (Carrollwood).
All photography is by appointment, call 813-968-2810 to schedule.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

American Passport Photos Are the Worst

If the planet had a ranking system for which country had the best passport photos, the US Passports would rank dead last. WHY?

Because their standards are just deplorable. I don't know "why" that is, it's just a fact. If it weren't so easy to get bad passport photos to pass the US Passport officials in America, then drug stores and auto clubs likely wouldn't be doing them. Why is it those places don't do foreign passports? Because they wouldn't pass the discerning eye of passport officials in foreign consulates, that's why.

Although the US Passport office has written and published "standards," they almost NEVER reject images that don't meet those standards. Poor lighting? Who cares. Out of focus? No big deal. Color balance out of whack? So? Head size incorrect? No. One. Cares. Certainly not the US Consulate.

So, allow me (someone whose job it is to successfully meet the passport photo standards of consulate officials all over the planet) to rank the top five BEST passport photos on Earth...

  1. Australia - they have the highest print resolution on the planet and provide an opaque overlay to confirm the correct head size. Newsome's Studio is one of only a dozen photographers statewide, approved by the Australian consulate to create an Aussie passport photo.
  2. Canada - the largest passport photo on the planet (50x70mm) and their head size, lighting, and expression are closely scrutinized by the Canadian Consulate. NO SMILING!
  3. Jamaica - they're the only country that requires a matte finish and they have three background options based on skin tone and hair color. They might've been smoking something when they wrote those specs, but they'll darn sure reject the images if those specs aren't followed to the letter.
  4. China - at 33x48mm for the outer dimension size, they have the oddest sized passport photo on the planet. In addition, one is required to wear dark clothing with a conservative neckline. Quite often, I loan these clients a black high school graduation gown to meet that standard. 
  5. Greece - another unusual size (40x50mm), and their consulate will inspect it closely to see that it matches and the quality must be superb. Fortunately, I've visited with the Greek consulate in downtown Tampa and they're very happy with the images taken at Newsome's Studio.

Out of the 195 countries on the planet Earth, I'm confident that the US consulate's standard of quality for passport photos would place America at #195. So, "Yay America!"

All of this doesn't mean that your US Passport Photo HAS to be horrible, just that it CAN be. If you'd rather have a GREAT passport photo, call Newsome's Studio of Photography at 813-968-2810 and we promise to apply Aussie-like quality standards to your face and make custom agents around the world raise an eyebrow of approval at every border.

Newsome's Studio is located at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219, Tampa, FL.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Jamaican Passport Photos

Jamaican Passport photos have a fairly new requirement.... matte finish paper. Most of the rest of the planet requests glossy, and at one time, so did Jamaica. This changed and we found out the hard way when one of our photos was rejected due to the glossy finish.

Most sources for the paper we use for passports only carry glossy, so we went on a global search for the perfect photo paper with a matte finish that could be paired successfully with our printers. WE FOUND ONE!

If you're in need of a Jamaican Passport photo with a matte finish, you've come to the right place. Newsome's Studio of Photography, located at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219, Tampa can do that for you.

Please call 813-968-2810 for a convenient 10 minute appointment!

Chinese Visa

We recently found ourselves with an increase in Chinese Visa requests. Turns out, a nearby high school was planning a summer field trip China and all the students needed a set of Chinese Visa photos.

Being the only source in town for photos that can be measured in millimeters, Newsome's Studio was tapped to create the 33x48mm images for all their students and parent chaperones.

Newsome's Studio of Photography is located at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219, Tampa (Cypress Point Office Park) in Carrollwood.

Call for an appointment at 813-968-2810 and get your Chinese Visa photos in less than 10 minutes.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Conceal Carry Permit Photos

Yes, we also provide the images needed to apply for a Weapons Permit, aka Conceal/Carry Permit. If you're a new or recent gun owner and are in need of a permit (IMO, every gun owner should apply for this, regardless of the type of gun they own), you're going to need to provide a passport styled photograph.

The specs are nearly identical to that of a US Passport and Newsome's Studio can provide that for you in less than 10 minutes.

Give us a call for your passport-style image and in just a few minutes, you'll walk out with your images.

Newsome's Studio of Photography... by appointment only... 813-968-2810