How to Clean Your Camera Sensor

We’ve all had sensor dust. It’s something that we must deal with on a yearly (weekly?) basis. Luckily, it’s very easy to clean our sensors ourselves, saving us the cost of mailing our cameras away for the service to be performed. In the video below, we explore three different ways of cleaning your sensor, ranging from using only air to actually swabbing your sensor with a liquid swab.

If rubbing a moist swab across your sensor doesn’t sound like your idea of fun, you’re in luck. If done regularly, cleaning with only air will keep your sensor clean for a very long time. If, however, you frequently shoot in dusty or coastal locations, or you neglect to frequently clean your sensor, wet swabbing may be the only way to go (It’s actually pretty easy!).

Here are links to the tools used in this video:

Technique 1: Air Blower
Giottos Rocket Blaster Dust-Removal Tool

Technique 2: Dry Brushing
VisibleDust Arctic Butterfly 724

Technique 3: Wet Swabbing
VisibleDust VDust Plus Swabs (Crop)
VisibleDust VDust Plus Swabs (Full Frame)

Tools: Sensor Loupe
VisibleDust Quasar Plus 7x Sensor Loupe


  • Forest Chaput de Saintonge

    Forest Chaput de Saintonge directs Rocky Mountain School of Photography with his wife, Sarah. He has been immersed in photography since he was born. He grew up in Missoula and began taking photos with an SLR when he was seven years old. He started working for Rocky Mountain School of Photography at age 13. During his free time, he likes to become a master at new things, build stuff, run, hike, bike, photograph, and be an amateur astronomer. Forest has a BA in Astrophysics, just because. He really enjoys teaching and loves to help students understand concepts thoroughly. Forest has vast experience working with and teaching Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, and has worked many hours in the black and white darkroom.