Lens hoods: do they really make a difference? Actually, there are many benefits to using one. David Bergman from Adorama shows you how lens hoods work and why he uses them all the time:
Reasons to Use a Lens Hood
- It reduces lens flare and improves contrast. Lens flares appear as random bright spots or streaks of light and are caused when a direct light hits the front of a lens at certain angles. Lens flare can also cause the final image to look washed out and flat. A lens hood prevents the light from directly striking the front element of the lens and can help in reducing or eliminating lens flare and improving contrast.
- Lens hoods offer lens protection. While you’re walking around, your camera sometimes bumps into things. The lens hood can act as a shield for the lens and protect it from any possible damage.
Reasons to Remove a Lens Hood
- To use lens flare creatively. If you want to use lens flare creatively, take the hood off and angle the lens just right to get some lens flare or a washed out look.
- When using a pop-up flash. Lens hoods can sometimes block the light from the pop-up flash to the subject and create a shadow in the middle-bottom section of the image.
Bergman suggests that you put the lens hood on to the lens and let it be. It has almost no disadvantages.
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