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Get Your Passport Photo Taken With Hampton Photo Arts
Hampton Photo, Art and Framing
International travel is one of the realities of modern life. Whether you're traveling for business, visiting friends or family, studying abroad, or going on vacation, your ticket to the world is your passport. For that all-important passport photo, Hampton Photo Arts is at your service.

If you live in or near The Hamptons, there’s no better place to get your passport photo taken than Hampton Photo Arts in Bridgehampton, NY. There are strict requirements for passport photos, but we're familiar with them all. You have enough to worry about, so let us make things easier for you with our exceptional, world-class photography and printing process.
Here are some frequently asked questions about passport photos:

What are some of the requirements for passport photos?

The rules can be quite strict. Here are some of the requirements: 

- Two identical photos must be submitted with your passport application. (For visas, only one photograph is required, but it should be in accordance with the same guidelines listed here.) - The photos should be printed on thin, high-quality photographic paper.

- The printed photo must not show any visible dots or pixilation.

- The photo must be in color, against a plain white or off-white background.

- The photo must have been taken within the past six months.

- The photo must measure 2 inches by 2 inches exactly.

- The photo must be a normal frontal shot that displays your full face clearly and sharply. The photo should show you in regular street attire and without any headgear. (Exceptions may include attire worn daily for religious reasons or eyeglasses required for a medical condition; documentation may be required.) You should have a natural expression, with your eyes open and focused straight ahead.

- The photo must be original and not retouched or altered to change your appearance in any way. It cannot be copied from any other place (for example, your driver’s license).

- Snapshots, photos from vending machines, and magazine photos are not acceptable.

- If the photo is taken with a digital camera, the camera must be capable of taking and storing photos of at least a 1-megapixel resolution. 

And the list goes on… If you were to take on the task yourself, it might feel like a lot to keep track of. Fortunately, at Hampton Photo Arts, we know these rules, and we know them well. We’ll give you a passport photo that thoroughly complies with all requirements and is a nice, accurate representation of you. How should I prepare for the photo to be taken at Hampton Photo Arts? For the most part, just come in wearing your regular street clothes and we’ll take care of it from there! We’ll guide you through the process, step-by-step. Sometimes, there are special circumstances to be considered: - You’re only permitted to wear a uniform if you wear it on a daily basis for religious reasons. - Don’t wear a hat or any kind of headgear that covers up your hair or obscures your hairline. - If, on a regular basis, you wear prescription eyeglasses, a hairpiece, a hearing aid, or similar items, you should wear them in your passport photo. - Eyeglasses with tinted or dark lenses cannot be worn in the picture unless you usually need them due to a medical condition. You may have to obtain a medical certificate in order to wear them in the picture. At Hampton Photo Arts, we’ll personally take care of all your passport photo concerns. Our unmatched photographic methods and printing technologies will produce a stunning image you’ll be proud of. Make applying for your passport a little bit easier and stop by Hampton Photo Arts today! One of the requirements for a new passport is to have two quality passport photos taken. At Hampton Photo Arts, we will be happy to accommodate that part of the passport application process. You do not need an appointment to have your passport photos taken at Hampton Photo Arts. Just stop in, and any of our photographers can provide you with the passport photos you need to get your application processed quickly and accurately. With a little help from Hampton Photo Arts, you will be on your way to that exotic vacation before you know it.
Canvas Printing

Printing on canvas is incredibly versatile and a great way to create a ready-to-hang image or artwork. Every canvas that we print  is protected with a UV coated acrylic finish to guard the print from dust, moisture and fading. Do you want your canvas stretched on bars or non-stretched? Framed or unframed? Customize the work to make it truly your own.

Art Prints – How are they made?

Photography by Laurie Barone-Shafer
Nowadays just about anyone can take a good quality photographs with a digital camera. Or take a few hundred pictures and the chances are few will be good, and even one or two outstanding.

Here are a few tips, tricks and techniques on how to make art print poster ready photographs and print ready digital files. Don’t get overwhelmed, there is a lot of information here, but a lot of it is just intuitive. Well, a bit of patience will always help.

First thing – Photo Size

If you taking a digital photo of you family or friend the largest size you would print is usually 5 by 7 inches, maybe 8 by 10 at the most. Even small size digital photographs (2MB or less) are ‘good enough’ to create a decent print. But if you want to create prints that are 16 by 20, 20 by 24 inches or larger you need more pixels (in pixels 20 by 24 inches photo is actually about 40 times larger than 3 by 4 inches photo assuming they have the same resolution).

Learning to Paint Watercolors

Watercolor is an easy, fun medium for creating art.  Color theory, composition and design can be explored freely with watercolor paint, paper, and brushes.  Several techniques may be used with watercolors for varying effects including painting wet on wet, wet on dry, layering washes, and more.

Watercolor paper comes in cold press, hot press, and rough.  Rough paper has the most texture, and its hills and valleys can result in interesting effects when paint is added.  Hot press is the smoothest and has the finest texture.  Cold press has a moderate amount of texture and is the paper most commonly chosen by watercolor artists.

Watercolor paper comes in several weights ranging from 90 lb. to 300 lb. based on the pounds per ream of paper.  Most artists prefer to use at least 140 lb. paper.  Papers vary somewhat between manufacturers, so sampling different papers is advisable.  Paper can be purchased in pads, in blocks or in large sheets.  The large sheets are usually the most economical and can be torn into whatever size is desired.

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