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opaque spots on digital pictures

by gal9383 / February 9, 2009 2:53 AM PST

I use a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 camera. Up until recently, I was very pleased with the pictures but on a couple of occasions, opaque spots are appearing randomly on prints. Does anyone have ideas on why this is happening? Any input is appreciated - thanks!

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Opaque Spots
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / February 9, 2009 7:12 AM PST

I am going to have to guess, because you did not provide much information.

If all of the pictures with Spots are on pictures you took with a flash, it is most likely "dust circles".

If you use flash in a dusty environment, dust particles floating in the air just in front of the camera lens are illuminated by the flash.
This can result in different sized cloudy circles on any part of the photo.

If the pictures were taken in your home, it is possible you need to check the filter for your central heating/cooling system.

I saw a TV show about paranormal environments and they said the circles were caused by ghosts. Of course, their photos were taken (with flash) in a dusty old building.

But it is not ghosts, it is floating dust particles.

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Opaque spots on digital pictures
by gal9383 / February 10, 2009 7:59 PM PST
In reply to: Opaque Spots

Thanks - your reply is very helpful.

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I had the same problem...
by mayo-on-a-bun / February 12, 2009 1:54 AM PST

I noticed dirt on my lens, but I was too lazy to clean it off. And when I reviewed the pictures, the same thing happened to me as it did you. But dirt being illuminated by the flash seems a lot more probable!!!

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