Learn How to Clean Dust off a Digital SLR Camera’s Sensor -- Without Ruining it

Adorama Academy publishes a timely, practical do-it-yourself guide to fixing a common problem found in today's most advanced digital cameras, for amateur and professional photographers

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a normal, but inconvenient, fact of life when using digital cameras with interchangeable lenses.

New York, NY (PRWEB) July 31, 2006 –-

As digital SLR cameras (DSLRs) grow in popularity among photography enthusiasts and shutterbugs who enjoy the picture-making flexibility of interchangeable lenses, more and more photographers are discovering mysterious dark spots on their photos. And they want to know: “How do I get rid of these things?”

Most camera companies recommend sending your camera to them so they can clean the sensor, but this can be time-consuming and expensive, with many companies taking several weeks to send the camera back and charging $50 or more per cleaning.

But there are less costly, more convenient ways. Internationally-known photography expert Bob Atkins, in his first article for Adorama Camera, Inc., describes these do-it-yourself methods in Dust Busters: How to clean off your DSLR’s sensor without ruining it The article was published today in the Adorama Academy.

These spots are caused by dust on the camera’s imaging sensor, and they require a delicate touch to remove them because sensors are made of easily-scratched material—and a scratch would ruin your sensor. There are several techniques, effective and otherwise, which Bob Atkins describes in detail. Atkins describes dust spots as “a normal, but inconvenient, fact of life when using digital cameras with interchangeable lenses.” His article details several approaches for removing even stubborn spots, and also identifies one common method that doesn’t work.

The article is part of Adorama’s ongoing efforts to help consumers improve their photography. With DSLR sales increasing rapidly thanks to lowering prices and attractive features, more and more consumers will need to learn how to operate and maintain their cameras; Adorama is addressing this need with its Adorama Academy, an on-line resource for photographers.

About Bob Atkins

For photographers who’ve been active in certain popular online photography sites and forums, Bob Atkins is a familiar name. In addition to his nature photography, Dr. Atkins is a world-renowned fiber-optics expert, and holds 20 patents in the field. “Bob brings a personal enthusiasm for photography as well as a deep technical knowledge of cameras and lenses,” says Adorama Academy editor Mason Resnick. “We are thrilled to be able to make it possible for more photographers to learn from his expertise.”

Online photo magazine at a retail site?

The Academy, which is quickly becoming a choice destination for photographers at all levels of experience who want to improve their picture-taking and image-editing skills, features how-to photography articles, buying guides, and breaking news about the photography industry, written by a team of top photography experts.

Why would Adorama, a well-respected New York-based camera retailer, publish what is essentially an online photo magazine? Editor Mason Resnick says, "we believe the more information and knowledge we can provide, the more people will trust Adorama both as a reliable information source and as a place where they can feel comfortable buying their photographic gear."

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Can you spot the spot? Can you spot the spot?

The two spots caused by dust on a digital SLR camera's sensor (easily seen in enlarged section of photo, above) can barely be seen in highlighted area of this full-frame, 8MP shot.


Spots before your shots: Spots before your shots:

Two spots in full-sized enlarged portion of above photo will appear in every photo taken by this camera--until they've been cleaned out. Bob Atkins shows you how to do this in his first Adorama Academy article.