Fixing dead or stuck pixels on your DSLR.

Something every photographer should know but might not be aware of are dead or stuck pixels on your DSLR sensor.

It’s something that is very common with DSLRs and often goes unnoticed. The reason is, apps like Lightroom4 and Aperture automatically remove them.  I only noticed it on my camera because I shoot a lot of video. None the less, you don't want them on your raws. 
So here is what they are and here is how you get rid of or fix them.

They look like this:

Here is how you can see if your sensor has stuck pixels:
-Take your camera. Put the lens cap on and take a photo with around a 30 second shutter.  
- Now open the photo in your camera viewer window, zoom and scan around until you find some.  And you can try this at various ISOs. 

Ugly aren’t they. Don’t freak out, they are very common.

So, how to get rid of them:
- Put your camera’s lens cap on. 
- Now do a manual sensor cleaning.

This is the 5Dmkii interface. Your camera might not look the same.

Let it run for around a minute before turning off power. Keep doing this until the majority of stuck pixels are gone.

A little note - you’ll see a lot more stuck pixels at a 30 second shutter than you would at say a normal shooting shutter of around 1/100, and this is normal. Once you’re done doing a manual sensor cleaning on the DSLR, take a few black photos with the lens cap on at around 1/30 – 1/100 or at the shutter you usually shoot at and see if your stuck pixels are gone. If not, repeat. If not still, then your DSLR might truly have some dead pixels. If they bother you, check your warranty. A few smaller ones are probably normal as no sensor is perfect.

It’s that easy. Have fun shooting.

-Alik Griffin