Cleaning Your Digital SLR Camera Sensor By Laurie Excell

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Join Laurie as she shows you, step-by-step, the right way to clean and care for your digital SLR camera sensor. Whether you shoot with a Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Sigma, or any other DSLR this is a must-see class for ensuring the cleanest, clearest shot possible each and every time.

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Laurie introduces herself and explains why it is important to be able to clean an image sensor
Sensor cleaning can be an easy process if learned correctly
Assemble the proper equipment to clean your camera
Clean the outside of the camera before opening it up and exposing the sensor
Removing the lens from the camera and cleaning it using the lens cleaner with a microfiber cloth
Using a Q-Tip to remove any particles or debris from the mirror box
Checking the image sensor and clearing it of dust and debris
Using a dry brush, drag the brush across the sensor to pick up particles of dust
Using sized swabs with the sensor clean solution to wipe the residue from the camera sensor
Going back through the cleaning process, step-by-step
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Laurie Excell


Laurie spent the first 25 years of her career in photographic sales helping pros and hobbyists alike decide which photographic equipment best suited their needs. All the while, she was an avid photographer. In 2000 she left sales to become a full-time professional wildlife and nature photographer. She has been published in Outdoor Photogr...

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  1. Profile photo of Phyllis Phyllis

    Just watched the D300 and the cleaning course. I was doing a little to much cleaning in there, and doing everything wrong. No wonder I couldn’t get the stuff out of there, and still had dust and fibers. Don’t cringe, I was just using the microfiber cloth over and over again.

    Phyllis Also, I have the D300S

  2. Profile photo of brauna brauna

    Interesting and informative thank U. I like to keep my d7000 spot on free!!! :)

  3. Profile photo of oohlsom oohlsom

    Laurie can I clean my mirror? My sensor looks good but the mirror is definitely dirty and dusty.

  4. Profile photo of Neptune_Sky Neptune_Sky


    Thank you Thank you Thank you! If I could reach through the screen and kiss you, I would! This is exactly what I have needed to help me clean that confounded dirty D7000 sensor, without paying the camera store $99 each time! Thank you, Laurie!

  5. Profile photo of Steven Leonard Steven Leonard

    Laurie, I’ve been cursing my spotty sensor on my D7000 for 2 years! Endless spot removal on anything above f13. “Blowouts” haven’t helped. I flinched at the price, but finally sprung for the Visible Dust kit, and following your expert, easy to follow instructions, I’m the proud owner of a SPOTLESS sensor!! Nothing like having the right tools, and a great mentor. Love it! Thank you ALL for the great support, where it is most needed! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  6. Profile photo of midnightsun midnightsun

    Very informative, well done. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  7. Profile photo of Laurie Schmidt Laurie Schmidt

    Very helpful. Clear, concise instructions. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  8. Profile photo of Dwall Dwall

    Very helpful and well presented. I am still timid, but this makes me a little braver! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  9. Profile photo of humrome humrome

    Great information!, it was very usefull —- Yes, please post my feedback

  10. Profile photo of davidsd39 davidsd39

    Here’s the problem with her method of cleaning the sensor you should aways go in one direction not left then turn the swab and go right you might pull particles back over the sensor. Also when blowing out you camera I think you should turn the camera upside down so the particles have a chance to fall out. This is just my option and the way I was taught by a professional. All in all this is a very good video and can save you 50 to 75 bucks a shot in sensor cleaning. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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