Cleaning your camera sensor is a crucial part of being a photographer and it isn't as scary or as expensive as you may think. Learn about these various tools and techniques before your next shoot.
It doesn't matter what you shoot with, or how careful you are when changing your lenses, your camera will eventually collect dust on its sensor. This can lead to undesirable blemishes on your photographs which will inevitably need to be taken out in post-production. While the clone and spot removal tool may be able to save the day quite often, I guarantee there will come a time when an unfortunate piece of visible sensor dust just can't be convincingly edited out.
Before that major headache happens, I highly recommend you take a look at the latest video by Michael Andrew who explains his thorough workflow for keeping his cameras dust free. What I like about this particular video is how Andrew goes into great detail giving the negatives and positives of the many different ways to clean your sensor as well as highlighting a few common techniques which could actually be doing your camera harm. He even shows a few handy gadgets such as the Carson magnifying loupe which can really help you to identify the problem areas on your sensor. If you're completely new to the concept of sensor dust the video also shows you how to take a test shot so you can see for yourself how your camera is fairing up.
A little bit of investment in time and money will help you to avoid future headaches when it comes to producing the best images you possibly can for you and your clients. If cleaning your sensor isn't already in your workflow I would seriously consider making it one of your New Year's resolutions.
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