In a previous post, I talked about the importance of keeping your camera’s sensor clean. The best way to do that is to be extremely careful when you switch out lenses on your camera.
But, what if you still get a little dust on your sensor despite being super careful?
I always thought I was a little too careful with switching out lenses, so when I noticed an outrageously huge speck of dust in one of my photos last week, I have to admit I freaked out a little bit.
I turned the camera on and off, hoping the built-in sensor cleaning would take care of it, but it was still there! I noticed the spot moved a little though, so I tried turning my camera on and off about five times in a row, and finally the dust was gone from my images!
So, if you ever get a noticeably large speck of dust on your images, try running your camera’s sensor cleaning over and over again (don’t just do it once) to see if the speck eventually moves off your sensor.
I’ve noticed on some cameras that this sensor cleaning isn’t always automatic when you turn your camera on and off, so check your manual to be sure. And, I’ve also learned that on some cameras, there’s a special “more advanced” sensor cleaning function that’s buried in the menus somewhere. So check that out too.
Happy sensor cleaning! 😉
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About the Author: Steve Berardi is a naturalist, photographer, computer scientist, and founder of PhotoNaturalist. You can usually find him hiking in the beautiful mountains and deserts of Southern California.