Students have often asked me about lens hoods, specifically, what is their purpose? My answer is generally something along the lines of, “to annoy you and be the bane of your existence”, as I laugh maniacally. However, every good graphic designer knows that printers are the bain of our existence not lense hoods.
Lense hoods are possibly one of the most misunderstood components in the camera bag. They come in a few different shapes and sizes and vary in cost from ten dollars to almost forty. This morning I found a really good video that explains clearly the purpose for lense hoods.