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Dust On The Sensor, A Common Issue in Digital Cameras

Regardless how careful you take care of your digital camera, at one point you look at your photos and you will notice few dark spots on the image (specially on the sky or plain area of the photo). Don’t get so excited that you have captured UFOs pictures! No, you haven’t! In fact those dark spots are Dust on the Sensor! It sounds very scary having dust on the sensor of a digital camera, but it is a common issue in almost all digital cameras. In this series of articles I am going to discuss how to reduce the chance of getting dust on the sensor, how to clean the sensor, and how to use Lightroom or Photoshop to remove the dust from photos.

Dust on the sensor

Dust on the sensor
Dust on the sensor is a common problem with many digital cameras.

How Dust gets on the Sensor

These dust particles are very tiny and they are floating around us all the time. When you change a lens, or even zoom in and out with your lens, the dust gets in to your camera and sits on the sensor.

The digital camera sensor has strong static charge, and this static charge works like a magnetic field that attracts the dust particles. When the dust particles sit on the sensor, they get stuck there till you do something to get rid of them.

Which cameras are more prone to get dust on the sensor

Generally speaking all digital cameras, but DSLR and Mirrorless cameras are more prone to getting affected by dust. When changing a lens or zooming in and out with the zoom lenses, the air gets sucked into your camera and brings dust particles along with!

There are many simple steps that you can take to avoid getting dust on the sensor. Stay tuned for upcoming articles as I am going to discuss how to reduce the chance of getting dust on the sensor, how to clean the sensor, and how to use Lightroom or Photoshop to remove the dust from photos, and as always feel free to contact us if you have more questions. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for new tutorials and tips.

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