DUST BUNNIES AND CLEANING YOUR CAMERA
I love nature photography but when using a Digital SLR camera you quickly learn about Dust Bunnies. No they are not those cute little fuzzy creatures that I am normally blogging about or even those things you find in your belly button. They are very tiny particles of dust that somehow make it inside your camera and always find their way against your sensor. How apparent these dust spots are on your photo depends on the aperture setting that you are using with your camera. You can’t always photoshop these dust spots from the picture . . . . so their comes a time when you need to clean your camera sensor.
Dust Spots in the Photo. Click |HERE| to see the picture larger!
Here are a few rules before cleaning your camera:
1) Always check your warranty and instruction manual before attempting to clean your sensor. Having the camera professionally cleaned is always your safest option.
2) Avoid unnecessary changing of lenses to reduce the chances of the dust bunnies getting into your camera.
3) Never use canned air to clean the sensor. It is liquid forced air that will damage your sensor.
4) If you scratch your sensor, then just start planning on your next camera purchase.
5) Never use any chemicals on the sensor to clean it.
Nikon’s mirror lock-up feature
To locate your dust bunnies, I always point my camera towards the blue sky (just never point the camera towards the sun). You can get a good estimate from the photo on where you dust spots are located. Use your mirror lock-up feature and gently blow the air (with a hand blower tool) onto the sensor. Always keeps your cameras sensor facing down so that all of the dust particles fall out of the camera. Place the lens back onto the camera and take another photo facing the sky to see if your dust spots are gone.
Spot remover tool (with the mirror set normal).
With humid conditions, your dust bunnies could fuse to the sensor and a professional cleaning is your only option. If they are not fused, you can use a spot remover tool to easily grab the dust particle and pull it away from the sensor. If you do use the spot remover tool, only dab at the dust particle and never wipe or smear the tip along the sensor. That will cause a scratch and then you could do serious damage to your camera. I always clean the tip of the spot remover with an alcohol pad (then air dry it) to avoid any oils from my skin or old dust particles from being placed onto the sensor. HAPPY CLEANING EVERYONE!