Unit 2: Overview

In Unit 2, you will learn about prerequisites, shoot your guide images, and upload them to ifixit.



You are finished with this section when your guides:

  • Correctly use prerequisites to create an easy-to-follow "chain" of replacement guides

  • Are well-lit and correctly exposed

  • Are shot in landscape orientation

  • Show a person's hands performing the actions being described without obstructing the view

  • Place the action in the center of the frame

  • Are zoomed in far enough to see relevant detail

  • Are in focus—not blurry or grainy

  • Have correct white balance without a colored tint

  • Have a clean, white background free of distracting clutter

Email Us When...

...you have some photos ready that you'd like us to look over. Simply upload your photos to each of your guides, then email techwriting[at]ifixit[dot]com with links to your guides on iFixit. (Don't worry about writing text for your guide steps yet—we'll cover that in Unit 3.) We're happy to offer feedback to help you get your prerequisite and photo skills totally dialed in! 


This unit 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.

Example Pages

The following examples from past projects give a good idea of what your prerequisites and photos should look like.

To see more awesome student work, check out our Featured Student Guides page.