Looking the part

Posted on 2019-02-25
Looking the part

It's a well known fact that most people don't look forward to having their photograph taken, especially for ID cards. Think about it – your driver’s license always stays tucked away from the eyes of your friends and coworkers, but most modern companies require that employees display their ID card at all times, for all eyes to see!

This can be a little unnerving for a lot of people, which is why we have a team of enthusiastic photographers to help make sure you're looking your professional best on your ID Cards, giving you the confidence to wear it with pride. Check out our Photography services here.

Most organisations though, take their staff photographs on site. Which is why we've decided to list a few tips to help make sure your staff photographs are the highest quality possible!

If you're taking ID Card Photographs

The photo fate of your organisation rests in your hands - but don't be nervous! ID photo disasters can be avoided with only minutes of effort and a few simple precautions. Before starting, consider the following factors:

Camera quality. Not all digital ID cameras are created equal. Make sure you're familiar with your camera and its quirks, most importantly the delay between when the shutter is pressed and the picture is actually taken. Take a couple of test shots to see what the finished products will look like and make adjustments accordingly. Not only will this speed up the picture-taking process, it will help you be more comfortable and confident in using the camera. Try to avoid using a smart phone!

Lighting. Nothing ruins a potentially good picture more quickly than bad lighting. Crucial to taking a flattering shot, the light in a room may illuminate your subject in a soft heavenly glow, or bring out all their worst features with harsh flourescent lights. Consider setting up an alternate light or taking photos near a window with natural light (the most flattering) if your current lighting situation is unfortunate.

If you're having your ID Photograph taken

The most important thing to remember when having any photo taken is to relax. Being calm and prepared for the photo is 90% of the work. If you're nervous and want to look your best, the best way to prepare is to practice. Thanks to the power of digital cameras, practicing for pictures is easy and waste-free. Practice a couple of smiles in the mirror and then take photos of yourself with those smiles. Work until you find the expression that works best for you.