How to take ID Card photos

It's that time of year again as we gear up for sprints, a lot of ID Card photos are starting to flow in. So here are a few quick pointers make things easier for us and you.

The best way to show you is to give some examples of good and bad photos.


One of the biggest issues we get is blurry photos. This is where the camera has moved while the photo was taken or the person in the photo has moved.

Often this is caused when photos are taken inside without a flash. You will get the best results by taking photos outside, where the lighting is much better.


Some people try to get a nice close shot, unfortunately it is often too close and the top of the head, or ears get cut off.

Focus the photo close around the face, then take 2 or 3 steps back. Leave approx 30cm (1 foot) clearance all around the head.
Note: We will crop the photos to fit after they are loaded up.


Please remove all hats, beanies, sunglasses for ID Photos, it is needs to be a clear representation of yourself. Also photos with more then 1 person in the photo are not suitable.


While having a busy background won't stop us accepting the photo, nobody really wants to have a pole sticking out of their head. Suitable backgrounds would be water, grass, or the wall of a building.

If you use the wall of a building, it is has the added benefit that you can get people one-at-a-time to stand against the wall and you don't need to constantly zoom in or out as the distance between the wall and the camera will remain the same.

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