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Fearless Photographer: Film in the Digital Era by Ingrid Nelson, Salvatore Joseph Prezioso

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3 Camera Tech and Maintenance

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If you shoot digital, you know what dust can do to your images. It can ruin shots or keep you on your computer for hours, cloning them out. The issues are somewhat different with film—dust and dirt can cause scratches on your film, and you don’t want that. So, you need to keep your gear clean. I clean my gear before and after every shoot. Trust me—you should, too.

All you need is a can of compressed air and some cotton swabs. I spray my cameras from the outside first and blow off any dust and dirt. I also spray the film chamber and spooling zone, but not the shutter blades. I spray the mirror and mirror chamber lightly. ...

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