Cameras and lenses get dirty. It happens. Doesn’t matter if you’re shooting indoors or out, you’re going to get some sort of dust, dirt, sand, or other debris on your camera and lenses. What really makes cleaning tough is trying to get that junk out of all the little nooks and crannies on our camera bodies and glass. Fortunately, there’s an effective and inexpensive solution.
Enter: The Shaving Brush
As elementary as it may seem, this little tool gets inside each and every one of those little crevices in your camera and lens and whisks away the pesky little bits of foreign matter that can wreak havoc on our cameras. I picked up the tip from Laurie Excell, who has tons of camera cleaning experience from her years as a landscape photographer.
B&H sells them, but you can find them cheaper at your favorite local drugstore (hard to believe, I know), Drugstore.com, or Amazon.com. The little gems are made of 100% boar’s hair and so the bristles are very sturdy and durable, directly contributing to their effectiveness. They’ll run you anywhere between $5.00 and $7.00 and they are a tool that no photographer should be without, period.
Have a great week! I hope your first week of 2010 is as great as this year is going to be!
(Photo above courtesy of Drugstore.com)