What makes a good staff photo?

Written By John Fieldsend

If an ID card is used to prove someone's identity, it follows that it should be a clear and professional likeness of the person carrying it - otherwise it's not doing its job. In this post we look at what makes a good staff photo.

The idea is that the image on the card is a true and “best version” in order that it can act as a verifiable comparison. There should be no distractions. Here we look at some things to avoid when taking a photo for visual access:

What makes a good staff photo -BackgroundBackground: Avoid cluttered, busy, patterned backdrops which can be distracting.




LightingLighting: Avoid harsh, high contrast and distorted coloured lighting.




ExpressonExpression: Avoid exaggerated smiles, looking away from the camera and uncomfortable expressions.




attireAttire: Avoid skin tone clothing, as this can wash out the face and highly patterned clothing which can be distracting.




So what makes a good staff photo?

What makes a good staff photo

Background – Use a plain, neutral, light coloured wall.

Lighting – Try to use natural daylight from a window source.

Expression – A natural, relaxed smile, looking towards the camera lens.

Attire – Wear plain, smart clothing.