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taking a proper passport photo in Zurich

Hi,

I need to have proper passport photos done for Australia. This involves a white background, matt paper with shoulders and face angled forward. The last time I went to take passport photos here, I thought I'd do it properly and ended up with a portrait shot with a slight turn of head... defintiely not somethign I could give the aussies.

I've tried machines, they're just not clear and I've heard from friends that the authorities don't accept them anyway.

So has anyone had this done somewhere in Zurich - maybe a pharmacist somewhere?

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The ProntoPhot machines are good. There's one in the Carrefour at Dietlikon. Takes three pictures, and you can choose the best one for printing.
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Old 15.05.2007, 12:51
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Re: taking a proper passport photo in Zurich

Kreisbüros often have them lurking in the corner. Avoid the digital machines: the images are horrible in resolution. Make you look green. At the Zurich HB there's a camera shop down near platforms 21/22: I had my photos taken there once with a 'real' camera.
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Re: taking a proper passport photo in Zurich

Hi Uncle Max,

Which part of platform 21/22 - the part that's closest to the asian grocery shop or to the main station?


Thanks. I am looking for something in downtown Zurich.
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Re: taking a proper passport photo in Zurich

There's a place on Schaffhauserstrasse near Sternen Oerlikon. The bloke in there has all the legal rules for different countries' passports on file and checks them carefully before taking the photos. Not too expensive either as I remember.
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Hi Uncle Max,

Which part of platform 21/22 - the part that's closest to the asian grocery shop or to the main station?


Thanks. I am looking for something in downtown Zurich.
From what I recall it's by the central shopville area, opposite the interdiscount. There's an Italian style convenience store next door. Hope it's there, anyway
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You could try a small photostudio near Stadelhofen. Can't remember what it's called but it's diagonally across the way from the Bodyshop. Really good, professional service (proprietor also speaks english) and not very expensive.

I used them 18 months ago and would definitely recommend
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Old 15.05.2007, 22:30
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You could try a small photostudio near Stadelhofen. Can't remember what it's called but it's diagonally across the way from the Bodyshop. Really good, professional service (proprietor also speaks english) and not very expensive.

I used them 18 months ago and would definitely recommend
I second that recommendation, I took my baby there to get his photo taken when he was only a few weeks old. The lady was very patient & made sure she got the right shot. She also had a reference with the passport photo requirements for many countries.
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Re: taking a proper passport photo in Zurich

Careful with those machines. Make sure you set the language to English first if you are effluent in Swiss German like I am

My first attempt ended not with the four regulation photos I thought was getting but with one massive photo which was more like a poster.

I tried again and gave the results of that one to the girls in the office. Their darts have come on really well since...
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Expensive swiss ID Photo

A story of caution. As mentioned above, when you get a swiss passport and ID card they are really really fussy about DIY photos. I had 3 rejections from photo booth photos - first was my mouth was open by 3 millimetere, second was a little relection of the flash from the edge of my glasses and the third was a slight smile. The old dear at the Gemeinde showed me the official "rejects" book - the can virtually find fault with any home made photo if they wish. Strange that most people in the rejects section were of a non white disposition .
Anyway, after 24 chf of DIY failures, I went to a little place in winterthur - cost 35 chf for 4 - and it was an instant "acceptance" in the Gemeinde. 6 days later my first ID card arrived by registered post (after 8 long years).
Did not get this photogenic issue with L, B and C permits - probably they have stricter standards with international documents.
BTW - if anyone need the name of the photo shop - just ask and I will dig it out
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Re: taking a proper passport photo in Zurich

I work professionally as a photographer although specialising in advertising and brochure stuff. Sometimes the people where I work come to me for passport pics which I do on my digital camera and print them at home on an HP printer. I've never had anyone rejected yet. I think that it's because I go by the guidelines on the downloadable PDF which is issued by the British passport office.

Further info can be found here: The Identity and Passport Service - Identity and Passport Service

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Re: taking a proper passport photo in Zurich

Well I took myself off to Bellevue and looked at the place diagonally across from the Body Shop - but the building was scaffolded. Of course now that I've re-read these threads I realise that you guys meant the body shop at stadelhofen and not the one on bellevue ... durrr...

So I tried my second option which was the place in the Hbf - thanks Uncle Max. I got there after 7pm so they could take my picture but couldn't print it. But they had a list of passport photo requirements from every country, so it worked out.

Will see the prints tomorrow. Hopefully there'll be no surprises.

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You could try a small photostudio near Stadelhofen. Can't remember what it's called but it's diagonally across the way from the Bodyshop. Really good, professional service (proprietor also speaks english) and not very expensive.

I used them 18 months ago and would definitely recommend

Hi DNAMan,

do you by any chance have the address of the outlet ?

Thanks mate
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Re: taking a proper passport photo in Zurich

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Re: taking a proper passport photo in Zurich

To update this thread, as Uncle Max mentioned there's a camera shop in HB right by the escalators down to platforms 23/24 (next to the credit suisse cashpoints and italian Deli) we got our babies passport pictures taken there for around 35CHF for 4, very friendly and fast service
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Re: taking a proper passport photo in Zurich

...and the name of the shop is FotoGanz. They can cater for pretty much every countries passport photo formats. It'll probably cost a bit but they appear to know what they're doing. I'll need a passport photo very soon and that's the place I'll be using.

ETA: Nicky's already given the cost in the post above. 35 chufs seems quite reasonable.
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Re: taking a proper passport photo in Zurich

Got mine done at Foto Baren, Lowenstrasse 57, near the Hauptbahnhof. About 40chf but they were good.
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Re: taking a proper passport photo in Zurich

For US passport photos: I got mine done in the Embassy itself. There is a typical photo machine there but it prints out US regulation passport photos. It costs 10 Swiss francs, but it takes change only.
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Re: taking a proper passport photo in Zurich

And for fellow Americans: if getting to the embassy is not convenient, here is a list of places throughout Switzerland that produce US style passport photos, from the US embassy website:

http://bern.usembassy.gov/photograph_studio.html
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