wikiHow:Photographers Wanted

Whether you're becoming familiar with your new digital camera or you're an aspiring professional looking for exposure, wikiHow could use your help!

By contributing photographs, you'd be helping us build the world's largest how-to manual. Your efforts would play an important role in our mission to provide free and useful instructions to solve everyday problems.

Here are some of the numerous articles that will benefit from step-by-step photographs of things you may have around the house:

Add Photos to an Existing Article

  1. Find a wikiHow article that needs step by step photos. Find a topic that you are already experienced with or that you'd like to try for the first time and take your camera along for the ride. Here are some sources of articles that could benefit from having pictures added:

    • Try any of the articles listed above.
    • See our Articles in Need of Pictures category.
    • Browse our stubs, or "fixer-uppers."
    • Rummage through our categories or search wikiHow for topics that you're interested in taking pictures for.
  2. Take a photo of each step in the article.

  3. Add your photo to wikiHow. You will need to:

    • Register an account since anonymous users can't upload photos.
    • Upload the image to wikiHow.
    • Add your uploaded photo to an article.
    • Feel free to also edit and improve the text of the article as you add your photos.
  4. For questions, contact the Help Team or post in the Forum.

Photographs for a New Article

If you know how or would like to do something that isn't yet written about yet on wikiHow, you're welcomed to write a new article and fill in the gap.

  1. Explore the list of requested topics. These are topics that were specifically requested by someone who visited wikiHow. In most cases, they'll receive an e-mail letting them know that you wrote the article they requested.
  2. Go to the Write an Article page and scroll down to the "I want topic suggestions" section. Type in a keyword and hit "Submit". This will give you ideas for articles that may not have been written about on wikiHow yet. Click on any red title to start that article.

    • Look carefully at the list of similar existing articles. If any of the titles shown are on the same topic you're writing about, click on that title to add your insights to the existing page. If you start an article on a topic we already have on wikiHow, it'll most likely get merged. If your title is unique, though, just click "Next".

    • For more ideas on what to write about, see How to Find a Subject to Write About at wikiHow.
  3. Try a specialized topic, such as How to Hook up an iPod Car Kit (PA11 NIS) in a Nissan. No matter how specialized the topic might be, someone is bound to find it useful.
  4. Take photos of something you're doing, anyway. Are you making your favorite dinner tonight? Do you know how to do a cool trick on a skateboard? Do you plan to rewire a lamp this weekend? Get some photos of the process in action and show the world how it's done step-by-step.


  • In the past, step-by-step pictures have done wonders for many of our articles, turning stubs and new pages into comprehensive articles that show people what a collaborative effort is capable of. While not all articles need step-by-step pictures in order for the instructions to be clear, there are many that do. In such cases, high-quality images can help wikiHow help thousands of people find the information they're looking for. Here are some examples:

    • Check out "How to Spin a Pencil Around Your Thumb" before pictures were added and compare it to the current version, with pictures. The article has since been featured, with over 400,000 readers.
    • Read "How to Make a Diaper Cake" without pictures and then take a look at the version with step-by-step images added. This article was also featured, with over 300,000 readers.
  • In some situations, drawings or diagrams may show action more clearly than photographs, since they can highlight different details or simplify down to the essentials. If you are skilled in making drawings, please do so.
  • You can also help out by embedding videos to clarify concepts.


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