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

Breezy Fields

My laptop is shot so I got a new one this week and I’ve just spent more time than I wanted to trying to get the monitor calibrated to match the prints I get at Mpix.com (the best place IMHO to get prints).

My old computer was spot on but this one was displaying darker and more saturated screen images even with using the same calibration parameters I did on my old monitor.

So I changed the luminance parameters and I think I’ve got it set as best as I can. I’m rather picky when it comes to getting my portraits printed and I want them to look like exactly what I edit them to be. The guy at best buy told me you couldn’t calibrate a laptop screen. I disagree.

Do you calibrate your monitors or screens?

This is for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Cameras and Photographers. This first one is an old camera I used to use before I really got into taking pictures. It’s been so long since I’ve used it, I couldn’t even get all of the dust off of it!

canon offshoots12.com

This is the camera I use now, and I really like it. It’s a Sony Alpha SLT-A35. I just recently started shooting exclusively in manual mode which is very exciting to me! I feel like I accomplished something big. 🙂

Sony offshoots12.com

Lastly, here is my phone camera, which I rarely use simply because the quality isn’t as great as my Sony and I don’t have any control over things like aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings.

phone offshoots12.com

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