Lots of people use a camera. But they don’t know how to clean the camera. The result is they lot of funds pay camera cleaning. A clean camera not only looks better, but it also will work better, giving you two great reasons for keeping your model in tip-top condition. Here are some basic tips on how to clean your camera.
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How to Know Find Your Camera Dust.
You may see dust in your viewfinder but this dust will not show up on your images themselves.
You can tell that it is dust or dirt on your sensor when you see the same spots appearing on multiple images in the same places.
Take a photograph of something bright white and gently move the camera slightly as you take the photo to help blur the photo and make the dust more visible.
How to clean your sensor
Find an area that is as free of dust and wind as possible.
With a full battery and no lens on your camera, look for the menu option to manually clean your camera. Check your manual if you can’t find this option.
When you select this mode, you will hear the mirror lock back and reveal the sensor. Note that you just need to power off your camera to release the mirror back to its usual place in front of the camera.
Holding the camera upside down so the LCD screen is facing the ceiling, use the manual air blower to blow air into the camera onto the sensor. Be extremely careful NOT to touch the sensor with the tip of the blower. Best practice is not to put the tip of the blower inside the camera at all. Again do not use compressed air.
After a few blasts of air, turn off the camera and replace the lens. You should take another test shot (as above) to see if this has removed the dust or dirt that was on the sensor. If it has then there is no need to take any further steps. If it remains, then you will likely need to proceed to a ‘wet’ clean of the sensor.
How to wet clean your sensor
Remove the lens and place the camera on a surface with the LCD facing the floor.
Select the manual cleaning option to lock up the mirror.
Remove a sensor swab and using the air blower a few times, blow air to remove any odd pieces of lint that may be stuck to the swab.
Add two (or three drops max) of the solution to the tip of the swab. Do not oversaturate the swab or you will leave streaks on the sensor. Less is definitely more in this case!
With great care place the swab on one side of the sensor and with not too much force, gently move the swab across the sensor in one smooth motion. When you get to the other side, turn the swab over and repeat the process starting from the far side back to where you started. Again, do this in one smooth motion with no great force.
At this stage, I use a loupe and inspect the sensor to see if I can see if the dust has been removed. If you are not sure, turn off the camera and replace the lens and take a further test shot to inspect for dust.
If you see some dust remains then you will need to repeat the process but it is important to use another clean new swab. Do not reuse a swab.
Camera Body Cleaning
After a day at the beach, for example, grains of sand may lodge themselves in the crevices of the camera body. If they are not removed straight away, they may work their way into the adjustment dials, resulting in premature wear that will make your camera unusable. They can also harm the focus rings of your lens, seriously damaging it.
The simplest solution for removing the particles is to brush the outside of the body using a soft-haired brush. Do not press hard as this will scratch the body or the LCD screen.
A cotton swab may also be used if adhesive dust cannot be removed with a brush. A blowing ball is often effective for hard-to-reach places.
Finally, if the camera body is soiled with harder-to-remove substances (mud, etc.), a microfibre cloth (easily obtainable from an optician), slightly dampened with water, will be perfectly adequate. Microfibre is recommended as this will not scratch the LCD screen.
Do not use any chemical products such as thinners, benzene, alcohol, disposable cleaning wipes etc.