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DIY flexible lens hood to block glass reflections

DIY flexible lens hood to block glass reflections

Do-it-yourself flexible lens hood to block reflections when shooting through glass. I wanted something to block reflections on glass when shooting through a window. I’ve seen the Lens Skirt (lenskirt.com) online, which looks pretty awesome, but $50 is more than I can afford right now for something like that. I also tried the Flect (michaelcourier.com/flect/) do-it-yourself guide to build something similar, but I just could not get the safety pins to go through the suction cups. So this was my alternative idea. I bought a wide lens hood for a couple dollars. The problem with using it by itself is that it’s stiff, so it only blocks reflections if you are aiming directly straight – you can press it flat against the glass, but you can’t angle it at all or else you let light in. So, I got some black gaffe tape, and basically made another layer to the hood that is flexible and made entirely of tape. That way you can angle it somewhat.

It isn’t perfect – it looks like the lens skirt still gives more range and having it stick to the glass probably works better – but it was easy to make out of cheap materials and worked pretty well on the airplane.

Now what I need is something like this for my iPhone. This is harder to figure out because the lens doesn’t stick out at all, so you can’t really wrap anything around it. I also made the mistake years ago of choosing a white iPhone, which makes for the most reflections – next time I get a new phone, I’m definitely going for black. I’m thinking about putting this (non-residue) gaffe tape over the back of the phone with a cutout for the camera and flash, but I’m not sure it would work well enough for how messy it would look.

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brooklyn bridge.

brooklyn bridge.

2 minute 6 second daytime exposure taken with a Shade 11 welding glass acting as a DIY ND filter. For more photos taken with this technique, please visit my long exposures set.

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