Just how clean is your sensor?

Posted on April 22, 2015

For many years now I always get asked the same question time and time again… why do I prefer to shoot on film and not digital, surely digital is more convenient?  point, shoot, download and done.

Being a full time photographer requires me to shoot with both, digital and analogue. The majority of my analogue is mainly for my exhibition work, my digital camera is mainly for the commercial work, with the occasional client insisting on film.. woo hoo!

There are so many reasons why I prefer film over digital but I am not going to go over the never ending list of.. personally more con’s with digi and maybe one or two pro’s, I am going to show you just one major pain in the arse con.

Voila!!!

sensor

For those of you who have no clue what I am babbling about,  inside those pretty pink circles that I painstakingly drew is a piece of grime/dust that is sitting comfortably on my camera sensor, not visible whilst looking on the camera screen, but once opened on my laptop, there are more spots on my images than a Acne covered pubescent teenager, 311 to be precise.

I learned the hard way, a few years ago doing a commercial shoot, my sensor was recently cleaned (allegedly) everything looked fine, but when I downloaded the 200+ images, it took me more than 5 days of post production to clean up. Something I do not want to experience again.

So, the best way not to get dust on your sensor, apart from living in a bubble, is to be able to afford one camera body per lens and a bloody big camera bag.

 

 

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