Re­move sen­sor spots

Learn how to use Light­room to delete dust spots in sec­onds

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De­spite your best ef­forts to keep your lenses and cam­era clean, when you swap lenses on lo­ca­tion, tiny frag­ments of dirt and dust can en­ter your Nikon’s body and ad­here to the sen­sor. Th­ese can then show up in pho­to­graphs as small, soft, dark blobs. They are an­noy­ing be­cause they ap­pear in the same parts of ev­ery photo from a shoot, and are par­tic­u­larly no­tice­able in clean, smooth ar­eas such as skies.

Your Nikon will at­tempt to re­move sen­sor spots by vi­brat­ing the sen­sor, but this may not prove ef­fec­tive. For a more thor­ough clean you can lock up the mir­ror and use a blower brush to dis­lodge dust. Clean­ing the cam­era’s sen­sor like this will save you lots of time dust-bust­ing in Light­room.

Even after clean­ing your sen­sor, though, you may find that some spots are still vis­i­ble. If this is the case, you can take the photo into Light­room’s De­velop mod­ule and re­move the blobs with the Spot Re­moval tool. This sam­ples a clean area of the photo that’s ad­ja­cent to a sen­sor spot; the sam­pled area is then trans­planted over the un­wanted spot to hide it.

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