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Everything You Ever Needed To Know About Lens Hoods

By Anthony Thurston on March 29th 2013

If you are new to photography, or maybe even not so new, you have likely wondered what the deal is with these lens hood things. What are they for? Why do they all look different? What kind should you get for your lens? Do you need one for your lens?

These are all great questions about something that many people may feel a little embarrassed to ask about. But fear not, today I came across this great video by Phil Steele where he goes over everything you ever needed to know about lens hoods. Check it out below.


My Thoughts

Personally I always use a lens hood, if I buy a lens that doesn’t come with one I always go out and buy one that fits it. It is more of an aesthetic thing to me, I just prefer the look of my lenses with the hood on than without. I also hate lens flare and its related effects on my images, so always having the lens hood on is key to making sure that flare rarely – if ever – happens.

Did this help with your understanding of lens hoods? Let us know in a comment below. 

[via Digital Photography School]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Torrie Nagem

    Extremely helpful! Thanks for sharing!

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