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Lens Hoods: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

Phil Steele recently released a good video on the topic of Lens Hoods that I thought readers might enjoy.

It covers everything from the why, when, and how of using Lens Hoods.

Also check out more training from Phil Steele at:

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • John J

    Hey Darren,

    Dale Wilson’s “Learning to See” part 9 link from the newsletter isn’t working. It takes us to Cameras and Equipment. Thought you’d like to know so’s you can fix it. It’s a great series.

    Thanks.

    John

  • Jenny

    Thank you Darren, very helpful, didn’t know about why the difference between lens hood, well explained, thanks again.

  • ak

    thanks. I’m just starting out with dslrs and more serious photography in general, so this helped.

  • http://jwcphoto.weebly.com John

    Good tip about transporting lens hoods.

  • jay

    Good article/video, thank you.

    There’s also the “cool” factor of camera’s with lens hoods.

  • Donna

    Great little refresher course. Short and sweet. Thanks.

  • Albin

    Thanks. Never knew petal style was for wide angle and tube style for telephoto – puzzle solved.

  • Phil

    Awsome – Very informative information & for Free. Very well explained.

  • Jenny R

    Thanks for the why’s and wherefore’s of hoods. Really helpful!

  • Jenny

    Thank you Darren, very helpful, well explained, thanks again.

  • http://pierrebphoto.com Pierre Bourgault

    Great video. I swear by my lens hood, it is always on when in the photo pit shooting bands :)

  • Antonio

    Thanks for the tips, very useful, except for the last one, I find that if you put lens hood tied to shoulder strap, you´ll look like a former boy scout with pans and pots lying around their bags =)

  • Coco

    Great video, I had every single one of those questions! Very well explained.

  • gary northrop

    I think he should have mentioned the biggest problem using a lens shade — the fact that it makes using a polarizing filter difficult if not impossible, and many of us prefer leaving a polarizer on most of the time.

  • Malcolm

    I found the lens hood video very informative. My passion is astro photography

  • Jim Donahue

    Lens hood is also good for shading your LCD in bright sunlight, and if you use a polarizing filter get an inexpensive screw in rubber lens hood and mount it on the front of the filter.

  • http://www.jpdesigntheory.com @jpdesigntheory

    Great video! I’ve always wondered why some lens hoods where shaped the way that they were.

  • http://www.blog.sarahheppell.com Sarah Heppell

    C’mon Canon include the lens hoods!! Also – great points on the off brand gear!

  • http://www.culinarychaos.com Rick

    Excellent video. I was wondering mostly about when to use the hood. I was thinking maybe take it off in low lighting. I also wasn’t exactly sure what lens flare was. You cleared that right up.

    Thank you very much.

  • http://www.lenslocker.co.uk/ Martin

    Informative video, thanks. I agree with @jpdesigntheory, come on Canon! Supply the lens hoods, especially with your EF-S lenses.

  • Shahid Anwar

    Thank you for the video big help:-)

  • Kim-Mc

    My first video tutorial and what a GOOD one! Thank you Phil. Buying my lens hood right now!

  • Diana

    GREAT! You made it plain, simple, & straight to the point. I hope to keep watching & learning more from you, I’m just a “beginner” with the digital camera. So far so good playing around with it , would like to learn more visually ( not a reader) more of a hands on, eyes to see type.

Some older comments

  • Martin

    April 23, 2013 05:21 pm

    Informative video, thanks. I agree with @jpdesigntheory, come on Canon! Supply the lens hoods, especially with your EF-S lenses.

  • Rick

    April 11, 2013 02:35 am

    Excellent video. I was wondering mostly about when to use the hood. I was thinking maybe take it off in low lighting. I also wasn't exactly sure what lens flare was. You cleared that right up.

    Thank you very much.

  • Sarah Heppell

    April 10, 2013 02:21 pm

    C'mon Canon include the lens hoods!! Also - great points on the off brand gear!

  • @jpdesigntheory

    April 9, 2013 11:12 pm

    Great video! I've always wondered why some lens hoods where shaped the way that they were.

  • Jim Donahue

    April 5, 2013 12:22 pm

    Lens hood is also good for shading your LCD in bright sunlight, and if you use a polarizing filter get an inexpensive screw in rubber lens hood and mount it on the front of the filter.

  • Malcolm

    April 3, 2013 06:37 am

    I found the lens hood video very informative. My passion is astro photography

  • gary northrop

    April 1, 2013 12:44 pm

    I think he should have mentioned the biggest problem using a lens shade -- the fact that it makes using a polarizing filter difficult if not impossible, and many of us prefer leaving a polarizer on most of the time.

  • Coco

    April 1, 2013 02:05 am

    Great video, I had every single one of those questions! Very well explained.

  • Antonio

    March 31, 2013 12:27 am

    Thanks for the tips, very useful, except for the last one, I find that if you put lens hood tied to shoulder strap, you´ll look like a former boy scout with pans and pots lying around their bags =)

  • Pierre Bourgault

    March 30, 2013 04:03 pm

    Great video. I swear by my lens hood, it is always on when in the photo pit shooting bands :)

  • Jenny

    March 30, 2013 01:11 pm

    Thank you Darren, very helpful, well explained, thanks again.

  • Jenny R

    March 29, 2013 07:00 pm

    Thanks for the why's and wherefore's of hoods. Really helpful!

  • Phil

    March 29, 2013 09:54 am

    Awsome - Very informative information & for Free. Very well explained.

  • Albin

    March 29, 2013 07:19 am

    Thanks. Never knew petal style was for wide angle and tube style for telephoto - puzzle solved.

  • Donna

    March 29, 2013 04:02 am

    Great little refresher course. Short and sweet. Thanks.

  • jay

    March 29, 2013 03:51 am

    Good article/video, thank you.

    There's also the "cool" factor of camera's with lens hoods.

  • John

    March 29, 2013 03:25 am

    Good tip about transporting lens hoods.

  • ak

    March 28, 2013 07:25 pm

    thanks. I'm just starting out with dslrs and more serious photography in general, so this helped.

  • Jenny

    March 28, 2013 01:45 pm

    Thank you Darren, very helpful, didn't know about why the difference between lens hood, well explained, thanks again.

  • John J

    March 28, 2013 10:44 am

    Hey Darren,

    Dale Wilson's "Learning to See" part 9 link from the newsletter isn't working. It takes us to Cameras and Equipment. Thought you'd like to know so's you can fix it. It's a great series.

    Thanks.

    John

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