I took some photos this weekend and noticed that my sensor is absolutely filthy.  It more than likely happened on the Photo Walk when I changed my lens from my 14-54 to my 50mm fixed.  I got distracted for 20 seconds by a bird or butterfly (or some other ADD relevant thing SQUIRREL) while between lenses.  Regardless of how it happened, it is a pain in the ass to deal with after your photos have been tone mapped.  I have been told that cleaning the sensor is a very delicate task and you are better off paying someone to clean it, but I don’t like that response (it came from someone who never cleaned their sensor).  I did a little bit of research and came across this AWESOME sensor cleaning website, Cleaning Digital Cameras.  It highlights the pros and cons of every popular method used to clean your camera sensor, it even breaks down the cleaning process in great detail.  This website is definitely EverydayHDR approved!

Take a look at how nasty dust can be with HDR tone mapping.  This Friday I will highlight every possible method (that I know of) used to get rid of these pesky dust buggers in post.  Until then, go clean your sensor and use this invaluable resource to do it….  What are you waiting for, I know your sensor is filthy, get your read on!!!

Blake Rudis
f.64 Academy and f.64 Elite are the brainchildren of Blake Rudis. While he is a landscape photographer, he is most passionate about post-processing images in Photoshop and mentoring others.

For Blake, it's all about the art and process synergy. He dives deep into complex topics and makes them easy to understand through his outside-the-box thinking so that you can use these tricks in your workflow today!
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