How To Video: Clean your dSLR lens
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Instead of using Photoshop to remove dust and smudges from your photos, take the time to spruce up your camera lens before you take the picture.
[MUSIC] One of the easiest ways to get better photos is by simply cleaning your lens. Even a small spec of dust on the glass can blemish your photos and you might not know until it's too late. Start by using a blower and not compressed air to blow off any dust particles on the glass. The less you have to actually touch your lens, the better. But if that doesn't totally help grab a micro fibre cloth and just gently wipe off the lens. At this point if you still have anything stubborn stuck on the lens your next step is to grab some lens cleaning solution. Put a couple drops on to the microfiber cloth. Never onto the lens. And do the same thing. Or keep one of these lens pens handy, which really let you go at it, without damaging the lens. Don't forget the other side of your lens. Where dust can also collect and equally ruin your photos. Follow the same methods, first using the blower, and then resorting to the microfiber cloth or LensPen for any stubborn dust. If that doesn't help, the problem might be on your censor. In some cases, you might need a professional to help you out, but there is one thing you can try first. Put your camera in cleaning mode. You can usually find that in the settings under something like, censor cleaning or mirror locks. In this case, I wanna clean it manually. And once I hit OK, the mirror will flip, and the sensor will be exposed. Now use the blower to blow away any particles that might be lodged inside. That's really you're only option when it comes to cleaning the sensor. You don't wanna use the lens pen. And you also don't wanna use something like a brush, which can easily damage those parts inside. If you still have a problem, take your camera to a professional. When you're done, replace the lens, turn off your camera, and enjoy clearer, dust free photos. For more photography tips like this head on over to c/net.com/how-to, and hit me up on Twitter with any questions or tips of your own. For CNet, I'm Sharon Profis.