Checkpoint 1: Overview


You are finished with this checkpoint when you:

  • Shoot well-lit and correctly exposed photos
  • Shoot images showing a person’s hands performing the actions being described, without obstructing the view
  • Place the main focus of each image in the center of the frame and zoom in far enough
  • Shoot images free of blur caused by camera shake or small image sizes
  • Correctly set white balance for all pictures
  • Use a clean background free of distracting clutter for all photos

Email Us When... have some photos ready that you'd like us to look over. Simply upload your photos to your guide, then email techwriting[at]ifixit[dot]com with a link to your guide on the site. We're happy to offer feedback to help you get your photo skills totally dialed in!



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.




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?



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 below to complete this checkpoint.

A word to the wise: reading through the guide below will save you hours of time fighting with lighting, fiddling with camera settings, and making other rookie mistakes—so don't skip it!


Before you start, check out the photos in these Fast Fix guides from other iFixit contributors, so you know what to shoot for:

ARRRRRRR you ready to move on?

Better take one more peek with your good eye. Review all the requirements so that your grade doesn’t end up walking the plank and sleeping with the fishes. Send us your sample photos by uploading them into your guide and emailing a link to techwriting[at]ifixit[dot]com.