According to the calendar – summer has arrived. I’m not 100% sure mother nature got the memo in Vancouver yet. With that in mind, here are a few tips to ensure your summer photos are the best they can be!
Keeping your camera clean is very important. I’m going to talk about two places where dirt can cause a loss of image quality. The first is on your lens. The second is inside your camera.
Fingerprints, dust and grime can get on that lens and cause flare. You don’t need to buy the newest latest greatest camera lens cloth. Any eyeglass cloth will do. Even a soft cotton t-shirt will do in a pinch. I don’t recommend your shirttails, but it does work. The major issue with cleaning a lens is hard dirt (sand) that gets ground into the glass. I use compressed air to blast away the loose particles on the lens before touching it with a cloth. To clean a lens start in the middle and polish in a circular outwards motion. That way the sand, if there is any, gets moved to the outside of the lens.
If you have a digital SLR camera keep reading (that’s one of those cameras where you can take the lens off). If not, see you next week!
For you DLSR users, the next spot where dirt collects is inside your camera, behind the lens and on the sensor. Here’s how to check if you have dust on your sensor. Set the camera to aperture priority, use the smallest aperture and photograph a clear blue sky. See those little black spots… That’s dust. Cleaning your sensor is tricky and it’s not something that you should undertake lightly. You can check with your local camera shop to see if they offer a cleaning service or you can give us a call, and we’ll make sure your camera is summer ready (when it actually arrives!). I’ve been cleaning sensors for a LONG time and it’s part of my job, both with Kalem Photography and Langara College!
Here’s a sample of what that dust inside your camera looks like.