So how often do you think you need to check the condition of your sensor? We suggest you do so before every shoot. Never take for granted that the sensor looks clean based upon the last shot you’ve taken. The subject matter can hide many dust spots within the image that you only become aware of once the scene changes.
Here’s an example of what can happen to your sensor when you’re not paying attention.
Walking around the rain forest in Washington state is cool. A place where green stuff grows on top of more green stuff. Lots going on in there. Your image area will be mostly filled with some sort of leaf, tree or moss. Sometimes the sky is hard to find through the canopy. This situation makes it difficult to see what is going on within the image as far as dust goes.
Even if you zoom into the frame and move it around those sneaky blobs of imperfection may be hiding in plain sight. Naive to the possible contamination on your sensor, you shoot on and on and on.
As night falls, you pack up and get out of the place at dusk before all those creatures come out and mistake you for the evening buffet.
Getting back to your hotel room you thumb through your images. Pop in a new card, charge up your batteries and you’re ready for tomorrow’s adventure….or are you?
Leaving the forest area and traveling south, the amazing Oregon coast was the next destination. You thought all you were all set to capture more great shots. Camera, check. Batteries charged, check. New memory card, check. Good to go. Well not really. There was one very crucial exercise that many forget to perform that would have taken only minutes and saved countless hours retouching. Not checking the condition of your sensor before each shoot is a really bad idea.
Upon arriving at the beach, the typical Pacific Northwest weather had rolled in overnight and I was left with less than what was expected for light.
Well, aliens appeared in the images of the day that were not noticed the evening before. Check your sensor before each shoot and save yourself some time & energy.
Having our Digital Survival Kit with you at all times can save you days of retouching. It’s not that you’ll have to use it every single time but take it along on your next trip…just in case.