How should a digital camera be cleaned?

Author's Note

Photographers cover a broad spectrum of personality types, from thrill-seekers and adventurers to more subdued shutterbugs, and I found this range reflected in the advice I came across while researching this article. Some shouted from the mountaintops, "In the name of all that's holy, man, turn back!" whereas others just shrugged dismissively, chopped a kitchen spatula in half, wrapped it in tissue and set to work.

If it takes a certain daring -- or is it disregard? -- to crack the case on your computer and blow it free of dust, then it takes even more to tackle cleaning a digital camera sensor. It strikes me as a lot of risk to take to save a few bucks, but I suppose, like many things in life, it comes down to how risk-averse you are; and, of course, there's always the heady sense of accomplishment that comes with doing something yourself.

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