One of the most frightening things for someone switching from a Point and Shoot camera to a DSLR (besides price) has to be the words, "Dust on the sensor".
This photography tip will show you how to get dust off your sensor.
Camera manufacturers want you to send your camera back to them to remove dust and clean your sensor. For some people that's OK, I guess. But, I'm not a millionaire, yet.
So, I do it myself.
First, take a look inside the DSLR when the lens is removed. What you see is the mirror.
The sensor is hiding behind it.
On the camera Menu, you should find Mirror Up or similar words. The mirror needs to be locked in the UP position for you to clean the sensor.
With the mirror locked up, the blue and green computer chip-looking thing you see is your DSLR's sensor. And, that baby is sensitive. Do not touch it or, use a brush on it.
A Master Blaster air blowing bulb is the strongest thing I ever use to blow dust out of the camera body.
One time, I did hear of a lady who thought her hair dryer would be a great thing to use.
She melted the sensor and had to buy a brand new camera. DUH !
There are all sorts of kits available for cleaning DSLR sensors and I won't recommend any one brand over another. They all do the same job and all have similar tools with instructions.
This kit just happened to be in my backpack and I had what was needed to shoot a how-to demonstration for today's blog.
The orange-handled swab has some super-absorbent material on the end of it.
A little spill-proof bottle of magic sensor cleaner is what you use to, lightly moisten the swab.
Then, gently place it on the sensor and wipe, from one side to the other.
Next, I twist the thing around and give it a second swipe in the opposite direction.
That's just in case a chunk of my beard fell in there the first time I was doing it.
The final stage of sensor cleaning is a few good blasts of air to make sure the sensor is completely dry. Normally, the camera would be held up in the air with the opening facing downwards. That way, any other dust inside the camera body would fall out on the floor and not be free to hang around the sensor.
For some informative YouTube Videos on cleaning DSLR sensors, a Google Search provides specific procedures for almost all brands and models of cameras.
Now that you know How-to, when you are Ready-to clean your DSLR sensor
These guys are the Ryukyu Inu, a breed of dog native to Okinawa, Japan.
They get an early morning walk, on the beach, every day by Papasan.
The guy dogs figure it's their job to keep other male dogs off the beach.
When they saw a couple of Husky mutts tied to the coffee machine they decided it would be best to go over there and bite them. That's how Papasan wound up getting tripped by leashes, landing on his rear end.
Good-natured guy that he is, Papasan gets a grip on things and decides to let the boys introduce themselves to each other.
The gal dog, she doesn't really need to meet any more guys.
The brown Ryukyu Inu must have whispered fighting words in the brown Husky mutt's ear.
One thing, for sure, Russian dogs and Japanese dogs all understand each others language.
The Husky with the red harness is half Chow Chow so, he may know a little Chinese, too.
When dogs get talking like this they can't hear anybody else talking around them.
It's just like when a couple of old women get talking in the supermarket and are blocking the aisle.
That ever happen to you ?
You could say, "Excuse me." Or, even try to tell them the place is on fire, and they just don't hear you.
Sometimes, I just take their groceries and put them in my cart. Then, hope they have a nice day.
Dogs are different. Me and papasan figured it out.
We turned them loose and let them clean each others clocks.
The Ryukyu Inu guys ran off to the beach. And they're probably thinking,
"We showed them."
The Husky Mutts came back to the coffee machine.
Papasan and I sat and drank iced coffee and the Ryukyu gal dog stayed with us in the shade.
The Husky Mutts were probably thinking, "We showed them."
Oops. It's time to take my gal grocery shopping. Groan.