Before you leave this page, remember to check each of the following!
- Are all of the photos well-lit and correctly exposed?
- Do the images show a person’s hands performing the actions being described, without obstructing the view?
- Is the main focus of each image placed in the center of the frame and zoomed in far enough?
- Are the images free of blur caused by camera shake or small image sizes?
- Is the white balance correctly set for all pictures?
- Do all photos use a clean background free of distracting clutter?
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This checkpoint is all about two things—preparation, and shooting great guide photos. Shooting photos is usually the fun part, but in order for your photos to really be instructive, you'll need to learn a bit about guide photos and how they differ from the kind of photos you take every day.
Research Your Fix
Maybe you already know how to perform your fix, or maybe you'd like to gather some information and try to perfect your fix before you share it. Either way, the first step is to make sure you understand it thoroughly so that you can communicate your fix to others in a way that is accurate and free of frustrating setbacks.
Research could include reading articles online, watching videos of similar repairs, or even practicing the repair yourself. You want to gather as much knowledge as you can, and find the best way to perform the repair—so take your time, and make certain you really understand your repair.
Plan Your Guide
Writing a guide to share your fix with others means more than just learning how to fix it and writing it down.
You probably already know how to fix some things that others might not. How did you learn to fix it? What process did you go through?
To share your fix with others, ask yourself a few questions:
- What tools, parts, or materials will be needed?
- How many steps are required? Break your fix down into a series of simple steps that anyone could follow. Each step should communicate a single action or instruction. Try to estimate the total number of steps from beginning to end.
- How long will it take? How long might it take someone who is doing it for the first time?
- Is there anything that might seem challenging about this fix, that could discourage others from trying it? How can you address those challenges?
Check Out Some Sample Fixes
Before you start, check out some awesome Fast Fix guides from other iFixit contributors, so you know what to shoot for:
Shoot Your Guide Photos
People tend to learn and absorb new information more quickly when it is presented in a visually appealing way. Start creating a great Fast Fix by photographing the process from beginning to end.
Taking instructional photos is a bit different from the kind of everyday photos you’re used to, so follow the How To Take Awesome Photos guide to complete this checkpoint.
A word to the wise: reading this guide will save you hours of time fighting with lighting, fiddling with camera settings, and making other rookie mistakes—so don't skip it!