Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Biometric Passport Photos

Some foreign governments will request or require a "biometric" photo for your passport. A biometric passport is a traditional passport that has an embedded electronic microprocessor chip within the cover. The chip contains information that can be used to authenticate your identity.

Your "biometric" photo is simply a digital image (a JPEG) that becomes part of the information embedded in that chip. It is taken with a digital camera and delivered to you via email in the exact same size required as a printed image might be.

If you're in need of a biometric photo for your foreign passport, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone other than an independent professional photographer who can do it. Newsome's Studio has been providing this service for many years.

Newsome's Studio of Photography is located at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219, Tampa, FL 33618. Please call 813-968-2810 for an appointment.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Passports Measured in Millimeters

Here's the thing...

The US uses the Imperial Measurement System. That means your US passport photos are measured in inches.

The rest of the planet uses the Metric System. That means THEIR passport photos are measured in millimeters.

If you're a citizen of a foreign country living in the US, and you're in need of updating your passport for your native country, you're going to need a passport photo that is measured in millimeters and sized to the specifications of your native country's passport photo requirements.

If you're from the UK, it'll be 35x45mm. If you're from Canada, it'll be 50x70mm. If you're from Greece, it's 40x60mm, and if you're in need of a Chinese Visa, it's 33x48mm.

Your local drugstore employee may not be aware of these differences and will give you a 2x2 inch (51x51mm) image, that will promptly be rejected by your consulate.

Do it right the first time and contact Central Florida's most experienced professional passport photography studio, Newsome's Studio of Photography, located at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219, Tampa, FL 33618.

By appointment only, call 813-968-2810.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

DV Lottery Photos in Tampa

Every year, there's a rush for DV Lottery Photos in Tampa, indeed, across the US! To find a professional photographer in Tampa that can create the proper image that conforms to US standards for a Diversity Visa, and then provide that image in a digital format suitable for uploading, is a very difficult thing.

Along comes Newsome's Studio of Photography! We've been providing DV Lottery photos for years, and in Tampa, there is no better, more experienced professional photographer in this arena.

Located at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219, Tampa (in Carrollwood), we work by appointment only and you'll have your digital image in about ten minutes.

Please call for an appointment 813-968-2810.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Canadian Permanent Residency Photos Tampa

The Canadian Permanent Residency photo specifications changed a while back (not exactly sure when), and what was at one time a 35x45mm photo, is now a 50x70mm photo - exactly the same specs as the Canadian Passport photo.

Same head size (31-36mm), white background, no smiles, neutral expression - EXACTLY the same as the passport photo.

One minor change here...
The information on the back (required on only ONE image) starts off the same; photographer's name, address, and date the image was taken, but also requires the full name and birth date of the person in the photo. 

Newsome's Studio has been providing Canadian Permanent Residency photos for decades and his images are guaranteed to pass muster with even the most disagreeable-passport-office-bureaucrat-on-a-Monday-morning-with-a-broken-coffee-maker-and-a-brand-new-reject-stamp.

Located in Carrollwood at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 2019, Tampa.
Please call for an appointment at 813-968-2810.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

"Preferred Passport Photographer" in Tampa

The consulates of some countries keep a list. It's a list of photographers that they refer their citizens to for creating their passport photo that is guaranteed to pass their strict specifications.

Not all passport photos are created equal. The US is one of only three countries still using the Imperial Measurement System. The rest of the planet is on the Metric System, thus, their passport photos are measured in millimeters, not inches. If you're a citizen of Canada, the UK, Australia, Greece, or any number of other foreign countries, your passport photo might be 35x45mm, 50x70mm, 40x60mm, or even 33x48mm. The drug stores can't do this, they can only do 2x2 inches (51x51mm).

Newsome's Studio has been one of a VERY few photographers in the entire state of Florida who is on the preferred passport photographer list of SEVERAL foreign countries, and we got that way by doing it correctly over a very long period of time.

Newsome's is located at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219, Tampa, FL and can accommodate your foreign passport photo requests in less than ten minutes.

By appointment only... 813-968-2810.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Australian Passport Photo Studio Tampa

You're an Australian citizen and your passport needs to be renewed. You're going to need a 35x45mm Australian passport photo that will pass muster with the Australian consulate. Why not follow the advice of the Australian consulate and go to their preferred photographer in the state of Florida? Newsome's Studio!

The reason Newsome's Studio is the preferred photographer in Florida, is because they invested in a high quality printer that conforms to the strict Australian passport photo requirements. Drug stores have been unable to meet the printing standards for the land down under, but Newsome's CAN!

Newsome's Studio of Photography is located in North Tampa (Carrollwood), at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 2019, Tampa, FL (Cypress Point Office Park). 

All photography is by appointment only, please call 813-968-2810 for a convenient time.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Colombian ID Photographer

There aren't many, but a few times a year I get a surge of Colombians in need of a Colombian ID photo. The size requirement is different than most, 40x50mm with a head size of 25-30mm, so as usual, the drug stores and auto clubs typically won't (or can't) do them.

The Colombian ID photo requirements also call for three, not two photos, one of a very few countries that request more than two.

Another interesting difference, is that while they request a white background, they shift it up a bit if you're bald. Yes, if you're bald, you must go on a blue background. Now why do you suppose that is? I have no clue, but I always have a blue background for all the bald Colombians in the Tampa/St Pete market (and yes, I had one last week).

Newsome's Studio of Photography is the leading expert in foreign passport, visa, immigration, permanent residency, DV Lottery, citizenship, and ID photos in the state of Florida... nay, the SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES!

Located at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219 in Carrollwood. Call 813-968-2810 and schedule your ten minute appointment today.