When not to use a lens hood

The essential use for a lens hood is to keep light from hitting the front lens component from the sides – diminishing difference and making flare. Pictures taken with a lens hood introduced can have more extravagant hues and more profound immersion. An auxiliary use for a lens hood is to ensure the lens.

A lens hood is planned with the goal that it doesn’t hinder the point of perspective of the lens. Lens hoods obstruct the Sun or other light source(s) to counteract glare and lens flare. In photography, a lens hood or lens shade is a gadget utilized toward the front of a lens.

Lens flare happens when light hits the lens at a terrible edge. It doesn’t achieve the sensor and rather makes discolouration on your photos in the state of your lens gap.

Lens flare can look lovely in specific conditions yet regularly it can detract from an effectively noteworthy photo.

When Not to Use Lens Hoods

There are a couple of particular situations where you might not have any desire to utilize a lens hood for your photography, or will most likely be unable to do as such.

The three primary circumstances are:

  • Flare impact You really need a flare impact in the photograph.
  • The lens is proposed for a littler sensor, and you’re catching piece of the hood in your photographs
  • You’re utilizing sure channels or extras on your lens, keeping you from joining a hood
  • The lens hood is getting in the breeze and making your photographs hazy

To begin, it won’t more often than not be the situation, yet there unquestionably might be times when you will probably catch flare in a photo. The picture beneath, taken with an infrared camera, has a crazy measure of flare – yet it gives the photograph some character. In cases this way, you’ll likely need to remove the lens hood.

Different occasions, you may need to evacuate the lens hood so as to abstain from catching it in your photograph. This is most generally the situation when you’re utilizing a lens implied for littler sensor cameras, for example, a Nikon DX lens on a FX camera. Nonetheless, a couple of lenses – like the Nikon 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5 fisheye – will catch some portion of the lens hood at the greatest central lengths, and you’ll have to evacuate it with a specific end goal to see the entire picture.

A more typical circumstance is the point at which you’re utilizing a lens embellishment, for example, a channel unit or ring light, which can keep you from joining a hood in any case. On the off chance that the embellishment is significant for the photograph you need, simply ahead and utilize it; odds are great that your photographs won’t be demolished by flare when you do, insofar as you’re watchful. By and by, the graduated nonpartisan thickness channel pack I once in a while use for scene photography doesn’t enable me to utilize a lens hood.

Alongside those three primary reasons, a few picture takers evacuate their lens hood for more particular photos, as well. On the off chance that you use on-camera streak, it’s conceivable that the shadow of the hood will show up in your photographs, so you should evacuate it. Or then again, you might need to desert the lens hood for road photography keeping in mind the end goal to look less scary. I’ve even observed individuals leave their lens hoods at home so they can spare a touch of weight and mass for long exploring trips, picking to obstruct the sun with their hand.


In conclusion, on the off chance that you take pictures in blustery conditions, usually a smart thought to evacuate the lens hood and limit vibrations in your photograph. This is particularly valid on the off chance that you are utilizing a zooming lens. By and by, when I do scene photography in blustery situations without coordinate daylight, I tend to shoot without a lens hood. The same is genuine when taking pictures from a plane or helicopter with an open window, in which case you ought not utilize a lens hood.