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Old Aug 24, 2010, 8:20 PM   #1
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Hello all! I am hoping if I could ask for your expertise in regards to spot removal in photos.Sadly my sensor is dirty and getting it cleaned will involve probably a couple months of it being away..and I finally have to accept that..lol.But I am curious if there is any software (free..preferably) that I can use in the meantime cleaning up some photos I took last week camping.I have a few I really would like to keep but they have spots.I will post one to give you an idea of the spots.Thanks in advance!
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Old Aug 24, 2010, 8:22 PM   #2
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just get some sensor swabs and eclipse solution. there are many tutorials both in the package and online.

it is really not scary nor difficult, you just have to give it a shot. and its something that is good to know how to do as well.

if you follow the package/online instructions you will not damage anything.
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Old Aug 24, 2010, 8:30 PM   #3
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Wow..really?..I have always read that one should not attempt to clean it and to have it done at a shop...but hey..I am game at this point..I'd really hate to be camera-less for two months..especially with fall coming..thanks for the tip!..
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Have you already tried to blow off the dust with a hand air blower? That's worked for me so far, though I know someday I'll have to do more than that.

As far as software - what do you use now? Lightroom, PSE and any of the various versions of photoshop can easily correct dust spots on pictures.
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Picasa from Google has a thing called "retouch" that works really well if you don't want to attempt the cleaning.
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I too was a bit nervous about sensor cleaning, but got tired of retouching all the spots. Found it to be much easier than I had expected!

As far as software, GIMP is a free photo editing software that includes a "healing tool." Works great for removing those dirt spots.
http://docs.gimp.org/en/gimp-tool-heal.html
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Hey,
to find out exactly, use the smallest aperture (biggest value, like f/32 or more), (manually) focus as close as possible, shoot a distant well-lit area.

You should get an (almost) uniform image with clear dust spots.

Good luck in removing it - I have to do the same in the near future .

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Thanks for all the suggestions!..I really don't use any high end software (I am cheap..lol) just Fhotofiltre for a little cropping etc.Yes..I have tried blowing the dust off and it didn't seem to make much of a difference..I will probably have to buckle down and try it myself or send the camera away..but...I have been thinking of getting a new camera soon so I may as well try.....
As for software I will give Gimp and Picasa a try..I had Gimp on my older pc but just never reinstalled it when I got this one.Thanks again and I'll let ya all know how it goes..
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Just do it. Its only scary the first time.
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Old Aug 25, 2010, 6:29 PM   #10
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lol..ok..I will...just need to find some solution...
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