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DV Photo (tiny but possibly important detail)

Discussion in 'Lottery Visas - DV' started by Man of Constant Sorrow, Sep 3, 2017.

  1. As I expect the DV-2019 to (hopefully) be announced soon I decided to take a photo for the coming application. So far I've always went to a local photo studio to do so, but as I can read on forums that a lot of people take photo with their phones I decided to take one with my phone as well.

    The thing that bothers me is that photo specs say that if new digital image is taken it must be:
    *max 240 kb in size
    *min 600x600 pixels
    *24 bits per pixel
    *(it doesn't say anything about dpi here)

    But then it says if photographic print is scanned it must be:
    *scanned at a resolution of at least 300 dots per inch (dpi)
    *everything else is same as above

    My photo (taken with my phone) came out very nice. But when I right click and check photo details it says that:
    *horizontal resolution is 72dpi and
    *vertical resolution is 72dpi

    Is that valid? Since my photo is not scanned but newly taken digital image?

    If they are using a software to check if the submitted photos are meeting their requirements how can a software know if photo is a new digital image or a scanned image? And if the photo details say that a photo is 72dpi then there might be a possibility for disqualification, right?

    Well, just for the case I will go again to a photo studio to take proper photo just to be 100% sure that everything is ok. But if someone was selected and has a very same photo taken with a phone that was used at the application it would be good to know what those photo details say about dpi's. Thanks.
  2. Britsimon

    Britsimon Super Moderator

  3. Oh, wow! I just tried it and when I downloaded the same photo it now says 300dpi (it was 72dpi). Great. Thanks a lot! Appreciate your help.
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  4. Pierre82

    Pierre82 Well-Known Member

    The photo tool that Brit provided is the best. I will be taking my picture as well next week and be prepared. I wish you the best of luck for DV2019
  5. Thanks Pierre. Let's hope the DV-2019 will be announced soon. Best of luck to you as well!

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