In a previous blog I had described the security camera that we selected for taking pictures of our citizens for recreation cards. We found a low sitting tripod for around $15, which pivots the camera at a 90 degree angle. The pictures are taken sideways and then corrected via the 'convert' command line utility in scripts to rotate back 90 degrees and appear correct on the IDs. These cameras are completely self reliant and don't need any attached hardware or PCs to run them. Total cost including tripod + camera should come in less than $150.