How to Prevent Dark Spots on Photos

Introduction

Photo collage.
We all like taking photos of great moments with the family, fun times with friends, beautiful sceneries or silly pets. It's all good when they come out great but sometimes multiple photos can have the same type of visual defects that weren't part of what we were taking photos of.

1 Dark Spots on Photos

Finding out what is causing dark spots on your photos may be a bit tricky. It depends on whether they show up in multiple photos in the same place or it's something temporary.

Dust spot on photo pointed out.

If it's just dirt on the camera lens, you can use a lens cleaning kit to remove any dirt settled on it.
Digital camera lens cleaning kit.

If it's dirt on the image sensor inside the camera, first, you can look into whether your camera has an image sensor cleaning feature and try it out.
Camera sensor cleaning feature.
Otherwise, you may use an image sensor cleaning kit to clean the image sensor yourself, however it's a meticulous and sensitive task and it's recommended to contact the manufacturer or seller if the device is still in warranty, or for cameras with interchangeable lenses, have a professional who is practiced in image sensor cleaning help you.
DSLR camera sensor being cleaned.

Getting dirt on the image sensor is a common problem for cameras with interchangeable lenses. However there are a few things you can do avoid this:

  • Always ensure your camera is stored with its lens cap (or another protective cap).
  • Keep your lens changes to a minimum.
  • Try to keep a lens on your camera as much as possible.
  • Point your camera body down when you change lenses.
  • Avoid changing lenses in dirty or dusty environments.

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Photo collage.
We all like taking photos of great moments with the family, fun times with friends, beautiful sceneries or silly pets. It's all good when they come out great but sometimes multiple photos can have the same type of visual defects that weren't part of what we were taking photos of.

Finding out what is causing dark spots on your photos may be a bit tricky. It depends on whether they show up in multiple photos in the same place or it's something temporary.

Dust spot on photo pointed out.

If it's just dirt on the camera lens, you can use a lens cleaning kit to remove any dirt settled on it.
Digital camera lens cleaning kit.

If it's dirt on the image sensor inside the camera, first, you can look into whether your camera has an image sensor cleaning feature and try it out.
Camera sensor cleaning feature.
Otherwise, you may use an image sensor cleaning kit to clean the image sensor yourself, however it's a meticulous and sensitive task and it's recommended to contact the manufacturer or seller if the device is still in warranty, or for cameras with interchangeable lenses, have a professional who is practiced in image sensor cleaning help you.
DSLR camera sensor being cleaned.

Getting dirt on the image sensor is a common problem for cameras with interchangeable lenses. However there are a few things you can do avoid this:

  • Always ensure your camera is stored with its lens cap (or another protective cap).
  • Keep your lens changes to a minimum.
  • Try to keep a lens on your camera as much as possible.
  • Point your camera body down when you change lenses.
  • Avoid changing lenses in dirty or dusty environments.
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