Posted by: photographytuition | August 26, 2011

Why use a lens hood?

To me a lens hood is essential. It feels wrong using a lens without one.

Someone  said to me recently that they thought they were just for effect – to make you look more professional!

Advantages of lens hoods:

Keep out extraneous light and lessen the likelihood of flare.

Protect the front element of the lens from fingers, knocks and rain or splashes. Many people use uv filters as lens protectors but I think a hood does the job better.

With many lens hoods it’s possible to turn them around and screw them onto the lens when not in use – great for storage and it means you can’t forget to use them.

If you have a choice between a circular, bowl shaped lens hood or a petal shaped one (more shading at the top and bottom and less at the sides) get the petal shaped one as this gives the maximum possible shading.

Dad and daughter on tuition recently. Nikon D7000 with 16-85mm lens at 16mm. ISO 400, 1/350 second f8.

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  1. Absolutely superb photo’s! Very familiar with this one… the Abbey (now called Priory) where I was brought up!

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