Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - DIY SPECIAL -

If you start notic­ing dark spots in your pic­tures, then it is time you cleaned the sen­sor of your DSRL. Dust is a prob­lem that af­fects DSLRs more as you keep chang­ing the lenses. The best way to avoid dust is to change lenses only in closed rooms, away from wind and dust. But this is bet­ter said than done.

It can be a bit in­tim­i­dat­ing, but the sen­sor of the cam­era can be also cleaned. You will need a rocket blower to blow away loose specs of dust, then a sen­sor clean­ing swab and so­lu­tion that is rec­om­mended for your cam­era. There are many sen­sor clean­ing kits with swabs that don’t dam­age the sen­sor. If your cam­era does not have a clean­ing mode in the menu, se­lect the Bulb mode and press the trig­ger to see the sen­sor – the sen­sor is not to be mis­taken with the mir­ror be­fore it. First use the blower to blow dust away and en­sure that you don’t dam­age the sen­sor by rub­bing par­ti­cles on it while clean­ing. Then gen­tly move the swab from one side to the other, try­ing to reach the cor­ners as you re­peat the process. While re­peat­ing this process, make sure you are us­ing a clean part of the swab each time. The sen­sor should be clean in four to five strokes. Re­peat process if you still no­tice dust in pic­tures. Also, make sure you clean the cam­era only in dust-free en­vi­ron­ments.

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