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Maintaining and cleaning Your DSLR – The Movie

Maintaining and Cleaning Your DSLR
– The Movie

At a theater near you this summer…

It’s a block buster!

A must see for everyone who owns a camera.

The Plot

Dirt, dust, sand, water, smoke, extreme heat, extreme cold, and

before cleaning - note how dirt and dust have followed lens and filter home
before cleaning – note how dirt and dust have followed lens and filter home

humidity make up the street gang who are out to destroy your valuable camera equipment. They are the enemy of your DSLR. You, the hero in our film, must face them. You must run them out of town and save your gear from certain failure.

The Cast

DSLR leads our all star cast and is supported by a posse of lenses each protected by his own shield; a UV filter. The camera bag himself holds a major role in this adventure as he strives to keep DSLR and his posse protected each and every step of the way.

after our hero has removed the grime and cleaned the lens; it is now ready to shoot another day
after our hero has removed the grime and cleaned the lens; it is now ready to shoot another day

Supporting Cast

Lens caps, lens hoods, soft-bristled brush, the microfiber lens cloth twins [one for glass only and one for other surfaces], and a good hand operated air blower among others will all make an appearance. This supporting cast makes up the rest of the clan that will assist our hero.

ACT I

Our hero, that’s you, has spent the day walking the streets of the city capturing those priceless moments and preserving them for future generations to admire. The lens caps, hoods and bag have worked hard to keep dirt and dust and their gang away from DSLR the best that they can; but there is something that has managed to slip past our stars and find its way deep into the nooks and grannies of the bag. Once there that evil doer quietly sneaks into the tiniest gaps of DSLR deep into the inner workings and begins to plot against our hero; determined to spoil all those shots planed for tomorrow.

ACT II

The full moon in the sky, the flashing street lights, and the screaming

dslr stripped of his lens, filters, and cap - ready to have the inner workings cleared of the evil grime
dslr stripped of his lens, filters, and cap – ready to have the inner workings cleared of the evil grime

sirens in the distance seem to say that day is done. But not so for our hero and DSLR. No. Now is the time to gather the posse together and call in the rest of the clan for an evening of cleaning. The lights are lit and the room is bright as our hero lays DSLR and his posse out on a smooth white cloth covered table and begins his work.

ACT III

DSLR is stripped of his lens and all other accessories, wearing nothing more than his body cap he and his posse await a much needed dusting off. The lenses have set aside their filters so that each piece may be cleaned separately. Our hero uses the air blower to remove the bigger bits of dust and dirt from DSLR and each and every lens and accessory; being careful to blow it away from all the gear so as not to just move it from one piece to another. Once the blower has

a light brushing can really fight off that dust and send it back out into the streets where it belongs
a light brushing can really fight off that dust and send it back out into the streets where it belongs

removed all the bigger loose bits the brush comes into play. The brush is slowly swiped over the surface of DSLR and all the accessories to remove any last particles that may still be hanging on. Occasionally brush’s little sidekick cotton swab is needed to get into the little grooves around buttons and dials. It is a tedious task but our hero knows what must be done.

ACT IV

Our hero is still sitting at the table helping DSLR and his posse remove the grime that has followed them home. The micro fiber cloth twins are put to work now. One removing grime and buffing out the finger prints from the plastic and metal parts and one saved only for the

micro fiber twins each has it own job to do - one saved only for that ever valuable glass
micro fiber twins each has it own job to do – one saved only for that ever valuable glass

glass. That ever important glass must be treated with care wiping in a circular motion from the center to the outside edge removing each and every member of that filthy street gang. Each lens and each filter are given special attention and care.

ACT V

We zoom in for a closer look at the inner workings of DSLR. His mirror lifted and his body cap removed he is exposed as our hero continues his night’s work. DSLR faces the ground while the air blower is pointed up into the open body and air is blown several times towards the sensor. This forceful air chases the dust from the delicate sensor, the ever important mirror, and that amazing prism that helps to make it all happen. DSLR continues to face the ground allowing gravity to help pull the dust out instead of letting it settle back down on the inside.

ACT VI

DSLR, the filters, lenses, and all accessories have been cleaned of the

save a dollar - save a contact
save a dollar – save a contact

days grime. Each in the same manner as the others. Now our hero has one last task to master before he can retire for the night and dream of those images he will capture tomorrow. That last task is to give the contacts a quick swipe of a dollar bill. Yes. He uses a simple dollar bill to clean the contacts on the hot shoe, flashes, lenses, extension tubes, batteries…. wherever a contact may be. The dollar bill is just rough enough to scrap off sticky grime without actually scratching the metal surfaces.

THE FINAL SCENE

Our hero, having successfully battled the evil street gang and returning  home safely, having rid DSLR and his posse of every last

dslr and his posse safely home from a hard day out on the mean, dirty, city streets
dslr and his posse safely home from a hard day out on the mean, dirty, city streets

bit of grime from the day, now takes a few moments to shake those little hidden villains from the deep recesses of his bag. Once the bag has been inspected it is time to safely returning all to their padded home for the night. Once settled back into the bag DSLR and his posse are happy to see their old friends the silica gel packs. They know that the silica gel pack will protect them as they sleep, keeping the moisture away, so that they can all be at their best bright and early in the morning when they join our hero once again; out there on those mean, dirty city streets.

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Dear Santa… awesome gift ideas for photographers

Dear Santa;

I thought you might like to have a few ideas for all those photographers you will be visiting soon. And if you happen to leave some of these under my tree too; well that would be ok!

So here we go with a nice long list of awesome gift ideas for photographers.

Ok Santa; let’s get down to business here. I have been a very good photographer this year. I’ve helped newbies, I’ve gone to workshops, I’ve learned new things, I’ve even donated time and images to non-profits and fundraising events! Not to pat myself on the back but just to let you know. So Santa dear buckle up your seat belt I wouldn’t want you fall out of the sleigh when you read the rest of this list. Yes; it gets a little pricey here but every photographer deserves to use awesome equipment and if my business is going to grow it’s time I step things up a bit!

  • I could really use a new monitor. I hear the HP 27″ Z27X DreamColor LED Backlit Professional LCD Display is pretty awesome and it has Integrated calibration software! Nice. $1,131.99 at B&HPhotoVideo.Commonitor
  • There’s this lens that I really need Santa. Yes I know it cost a lot but if you could just think about it… please! It would improve my work tremendously! It’s a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens $1,999, and to protect it, a B+W 77mm UV Haze MRC 010M Filter $48.99 at B&HPhotoVideo.Com. It’s been on my needs list for sometime now. Don’t get me wrong; I love my coffee cup version but it just doesn’t seem to actually work on the camera.lens
  • And just one more thing. Every photographer who doesn’t want to be chained to the office could use a nice laptop. I’ve read that the Apple 15.4″ MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display & Force Touch Trackpad for $3,149 at  B&HPhotoVideo.Com is a photographer’s dream. Now I don’t know what all this computer jargon means but it has: 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 (Crystalwell), 16GB of Onboard 1600 MHz DDR3L RAM, 1TB PCIe-Based Flash Storage, AMD Radeon R9 M370X Graphics (2GB GDDR5), 15.4″ LED-Backlit IPS Retina Display, 2880 x 1800 Native Resolution, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Thunderbolt 2, USB 3.0, HDMI, Force Touch Trackpad and Mac OS X 10.10 or 10.11.laptop

Well that’s about it Santa. You know where to find me. I’ll think of some tasty treats to leave for you and there’s always a carrot in the fridge for Rudolph!

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*Links and prices listed were found on 11/10/2015