In Need of a Clean Up

These creek images show an area in need of a little clean up as in tree trimming and brush clearing. Kind of messy looking but thankfully not any trash lying around like you sometimes see.

I did some clean up on my camera this week. I noticed two spots on my images when looking at them on the computer screen. So, I first cleaned my lens and when that didn’t help, I ran the auto sensor cleaner on my camera. No luck there either.

Next I used the hand held blower tool to clean out the inside of the camera where the mirror and the sensor lay. Had to figure out how to release the mirror to access the sensor as well. Still no luck.

More youtube video tutorials suggested I use a q-tip to lightly dab the dust particles off the mirror. Tried that even though I wasn’t sure I even visual saw the dust. Still the spots were showing up on my images!

Finally, I did what the videos told me not to do; to leave up to a professional camera shop and that is to take a cleaning tool to the sensor. Based on where the dust spots were appearing on my images I ever so lightly touched a q-tip to the sensor and low and behold it worked. Clean and clear images.

I felt so accomplished! Has this ever happened to you, dust spots on your images? Were you able to clean it yourself? What other technical difficulties have you run into with your photography?

Sony A68/Capture One

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  1. I’ve only ever had spots on my lenses and been able to easily clean those up. The thought of trying to get into the camera itself to clean makes me cringe. Glad you were able brave that and fix your issue! Spots are so annoying.

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