I very much do love Landscape Photography. But Yesterday, I kinda messed it up a little bit. My Lens was really dirty, and I did not notice that at all until I was back Home editing my haul.
It was actually mostly clean, but there was one giant Smudge that actually completely ruined a handful of Fotos. On others, it is not that noticeable, but it is definitely there. I guess it all depended on how the Light actually came in.
The Thing is that is that I absolutely hate Smudges. I have no Problems with Grain and or a little Noise in my Fotos. Sometimes even Motion Blur can look awesome, if I want to have it.
But Smudges are awful. It does not matter where they come from, they really do ruin most Fotos for me.
For the most Time when I was in Canada, there was a nasty Smudge in most of the Fotos I took with my Point and Shoot back then. I had to edit it out of every Foto I wanted to use somehow. To bad it was deep in the Lens and I never could clean it off.
The best Way there is to avoid those nasty Smudges is to actually clean your Gear every once in a while. It is even quite easy to do that.
All that is needed is a soft Lens Cloth, or maybe a Lens-Pen, and a Brush to get rid of any dust. There really is not much to it.
While cleaning Lenses really is a no-brainer, cleaning Sensors is not. I have never done that myself, and I probably should have someone do it. My Sensor is probably not the cleanest of them all. Especially since it also got sprayed with Energy Drink.
All I can say is that I should definitely look after my Gear a whole lot better. And maybe I should also use those Lens Caps more, so that I do not leave those Smudges in the first Place.
Photography is still my Favourite favourite Hobby, but clean Gear might just make it that much more enjoyable.