If you have a computer and a digital camera, there’s no reason to ever pay a drugstore $8 for a couple of crummy passport photos and lousy customer service. This blogger discovered that he couldn’t even get an in-focus photo from a local CVS: “When we pointed that out, he was like ‘Oh really? don’t worry all photos printed here look like that and no one ever came back because a photo was not accepted.'” If you’re not Photoshop-savvy, just use the free epassportphoto.com website.
At epassportphoto you upload your photo, crop it according to your country’s standard guidelines, and save the resulting 4×6″ image—that’s six 2×2″ ID shots—to your computer to print wherever you like, whether it’s at home, from an online service, or at that same CVS with the myopic camera operator.
Not only will you be able to control the photo lighting and quality (and retake the photo until you’re happy with it), but you’ll have four more 2×2″ shots than you get for $8 at CVS or Walgreens. And if you need any more incentive to cut the drugstore out of the process, consider that they also produce sets of six photos at a time—they just refuse to give you more than two unless you pay extra:
While we waited for the photos to print out, I saw (with my own eyes) that the photographs were printed on a 4? x 6? photo paper – and there were 6 copies on it. Then the dude coolly cut away 4 copies, disposed them, and handed us the remaining two copies.