cleaning your camera’s sensor
There’s a huge variety of tools and devices available on the market to clean your camera’s sensor. I’ve tried a few of them, but always come back to this simple method which is quite thorough.
1. a puff of air to remove dust particles
If your camera allows, you should first try and clean your sensor by activating the self-cleaning vibrating mode to dislodge dust particles.
Even though you might have tried the vibrating sensor self-cleaning mode, it might still be necessary to add a few short, but soft blasts with a blower, such as the Giottos rocket air blaster (Amazon). This will blow out most of the junk inside your camera.
2. sensor swabs to (gently) sweep clean
Next up, we need to dislodge any specs which remain on the sensor and didn’t budge with the puff of air.
Use Eclipse cleaning solution to very lightly moisten the swab with which you are going to clean your sensor. Just a drop of liquid on the swab and then with a wrist-flick get rid of any moisture droplets. You just want the swab to be barely wet.
Eclipse cleaning solution (Amazon)
I use the smaller Type 2 sensor swabs to clean my full-frame camera. I find the bigger swabs which are designed to cover your entire sensor, more difficult to manage inside the camera.
Type 2 sensor swabs (Amazon)
3. a carry-everywhere kit
This is the kit that I keep in my camera bag when I am out on a shoot, just in case I notice some horrible dust particle when I play an image back.
Visible Dust Arctic Butterfly SD800 Cleaning Kit (Amazon)