After reading an article at DIY Photography about how an expensive RED cinema camera had its sensor damaged while recording a laser light show (see the link below), it occurred to me that I wasn’t aware of just how much of a threat lasers pose to camera sensors. I knew you weren’t supposed to look into them for fear of damage to your eye, but it turns out they’re much more likely to damage a camera sensor. So I Googled and found the Laserist blog of the International Laser Display Association. They’ve published a detailed explanation of how lasers can damage camera sensors, and what you can do to keep your equipment safe. The best advice I’ve found is a lot like preventing lens fare: if you position your camera where it can’t directly see the light source itself, you should be safe. For the full list of suggestions for camera safety, check out laserist.org.