Free printable cardboard lens hoods
March 23, 2006 8:24 AM   Subscribe

Free printable cardboard lens hoods. Not only are they free (except for the cost of printing/cardboard), but they are collapsible. [via iStock]
posted by jonah (14 comments total)
Awesome. Another thing I didn't know I needed I didn't know I didn't have to pay through the nose for!
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 8:33 AM on March 23, 2006

Really cool. For us North Americans who use Letter size paper instead of A4, make sure to tell Adobe Reader to not shrink large pages so the hoods print at 100%. Otherwise they won't fit on your lens!
posted by zsazsa at 8:40 AM on March 23, 2006

I didn't know that there was a difference, thanks zsazsa.
posted by jonah at 8:45 AM on March 23, 2006

posted by TheGoldenOne at 8:56 AM on March 23, 2006

When I first scanned this, I thought it was for cardboard hoods (not lens hoods). I thought, wtf good is a cardboard hood?

Oh, LENS hood! Kind of neat. I'll try one. I've four 3 lenses for which I've never got a hood.
posted by teece at 9:02 AM on March 23, 2006

This is what The Best of the Web is all about. Nice post!
posted by djeo at 9:07 AM on March 23, 2006

I love how just below the article in which the guy explains how ridiculously expensive authentic lens hoods are theres a Google ad for Canon branded lens hoods.
posted by Turtles all the way down at 9:13 AM on March 23, 2006

Remember in the old days when you had to scale a drawing up onto a surface yourself?

Didn't think so.
posted by HTuttle at 9:26 AM on March 23, 2006

Excellent post. Thanks.
posted by TBoneMcCool at 9:30 AM on March 23, 2006

Here is how to make your own softbox for your external flash, using a simple pattern on some white cardboard.

I could have used this a few weeks back when I had to take my first "product shot" for an article I wrote. It was took a couple large white posterboards, an external flash, and my brightest bathroom lights to get the shadows muted down.
posted by mathowie at 9:50 AM on March 23, 2006

I just made a table-top product shooting set up. PVC pipe, some supplies from the fabric store and some big ass lights on a tripod from OSH. The whole set up was less than $50 and is pretty fun to play with. Here are some sample shots (still working on technique).

I'll post a how-to soon.
posted by jonah at 10:06 AM on March 23, 2006

Try some in-camera special effects with a DIY matte box.
posted by cenoxo at 2:38 PM on March 23, 2006

Wow, this is a spectacular find. Instantly bookmarked, and I'm sure that I'll be trying out quite a few of these over time.
posted by Stunt at 2:07 AM on March 24, 2006

Here's a simple cheap light tent (for product shots) made from a cardboard box.
posted by Bradley at 8:04 PM on March 24, 2006

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