If you're scared of damaging your camera's sensor by cleaning it yourself, this short video will show you exactly how to do it and remove any fears you might have.
When it comes to cleaning my camera’s sensor l treat it with absolute trepidation, terror, and fear. The idea of exposing such an expensive piece of technology to my wayward, rather clueless hands is something that fills me with total dread, so I tend to put it off until the multiple black spots and streaks that appear in all of my shots can no longer be ignored. And even then I rely on the camera’s own sensor cleaning capabilities to do the job for me. But when even that doesn’t work, I need to go in there like a heart surgeon and hope for the best. Thankfully, this video by the guys at The School of Photography has made my job whole lot easier.
It explains very easily how to clean your sensor; how to tell if you’ve got a dirty sensor; the equipment you need to use; and how to effectively remove those little black spots and streaks appearing in your photos.
After watching it I realized I’ve been cleaning my sensor completely the wrong way for all these years. How? Well, you actually need to hold your camera up so the exposed sensor's pointing down, and then use the blower facing in an upwards direction to remove the dust from your sensor. Quite stupidly, I've always held the camera facing upwards and used the blower facing downwards. Please, no comments necessary.
As far as the equipment you need to use goes, the most important takeaway here is to buy a sensor cleaning kit that matches your own camera's sensor size. For example, if you have a full frame sensor you need to buy a full frame sensor cleaning kit. That’s because the swabs that are included in the kits exactly match the size of your sensor. Alternatively, you could buy a Delkin Devices Sensor Cleaning System that includes swabs for all sensor sizes.
This is an easy walkthrough video to follow and takes any uncertainty away from the correct sensor cleaning procedures. What about you? Do you have anything to add here that helps make cleaning your camera's sensor a rather painless, trouble-free task?