Cleaning your camera sensor, safely!

I have been an amateur photographer for almost a year now, and I'm still learning a lot of new things. A while ago, I thought about dust particles that get on top of your less and was curious how professional photographers take care of that (clean their lenses). I searched the web and found out that it was not a difficult thing to do. Get the right cloth, a special brush and some cleaning liquid. First step is to use the brush to brush excess dust from the lens body and glass. Then put some drops of the cleaning liquid on the cloth and wipe the lens, and you're done.

Recently, I came across a website with tutorials on how to clean your camera sensor. I never knew that the sensor was behind a mirror. I once cleaned the mirror, thinking that it was the sensor. Any way, here's the tutorial I found.

Clean Your Camera's Sensor
  1. Make sure you're in a dust-free area.
  2. Roll up your sleeves so fibers from your clothes don't get into the camera.
  3. Check your manual to put your camera in sensor cleaning mode. It's important to do this, to avert camera shutter mishaps while you're cleaning. Cleaning Digital Cameras has a list of camera models and their manuals so you can find out how to put your camera in cleaning mode.
  4. You do not have to clean the mirror; it does not impact image quality and it's easy to damage. Just move it out of the way to reach the sensor.
  5. Blow air on the sensor. Shutterbug recommends the Giottos Rocket Air Blower. Keep your camera pointing downward as you blow air, so gravity works for you and the dust falls out. It's important to do this before using a brush or wiping the sensor, to remove any dirt or dust on the surface. You can scratch the sensor if you wipe it with a brush or cloth when it still has dust particles on it. Do not use compressed air; it can damage the sensor.
  6. After you've blown air on the sensor, you may feel that the camera is clean enough to use again. If you want to clean it further, you have two basic options: you can wipe your sensor with a sensor cleaning brush, or clean the camera with a wet swab. Gizmodo suggests also using the Delkin Sensor Scope, which can magnify your camera's CCD by a power of 5, making it easier to see the dust on its surface. The sensor scope sells for about $80.
  7. For a comprehensive overview of your cleaning options, with the pros and cons of each one, check Cleaning Digital Cameras' list here.
I also found this video on YouTube, it's a simple video that demonstrates how you should clean a digital camera sensor. Their are lots of ways to do that, so make sure you do a research before you start cleaning your camera's sensor. This method works for me, but without the vacuum of course. Hope this tutorial is beneficial to you as it was to me.