Ingenious Lens Hood Lets You Photograph Through Glass Without Reflections

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How many times have you tried to take a picture through a pane of glass, only to have it ruined by reflections and glare? Josh Smith experienced these difficulties while on a trip to Japan in 2015 and decided to do something about it. His invention, the Ultimate Lens Hood (ULH) is an expandable silicon cone that allows for greater flexibility in photography.

The ULH stretches to fit a wide variety of camera lenses and expands out to cover long telephoto lenses. Once placed on the glass, it does a remarkable job of cutting out glare and its silicone material allows photographers to move and angle the lens as they please. Not convinced? The before and after images speak for themselves. While you might think that polarizing filters can do the same trick, they don't completely block glare and can be expensive. So whether shooting the skyline off an observation deck or getting up close with animals in a tank, Smith's clever invention looks to be a new must-have on any photographer's list.

The Ultimate Lens Hood is easy to fit in any bag thanks to its foldability. And since it simply rests on the glass rather than attaching to it, it won't leave any marks behind. If you're shooting on a Smartphone or compact camera, don't worry. Smith has also created the ULH Mini, which fits any lenses under 60 mm.

As an added bonus, an inverted ULH adds a good measure of protection from the elements while shooting outdoors. Though it's not completely waterproof, it's an easy way to help protect your camera from rain, sand, and mist. A flat ULH can double as a lens changing pad, making this a truly multi-purpose product.

The ULH is accepting pre-orders via Kickstarter, and its popularity on the crowdfunding platform only reinforces what a great idea this piece of photo gear is. One Ultimate Lens Hood is available for £30 ($39), while the Ultimate Lens Hood Mini is priced at £20 ($26). Both come with an expected delivery date of late October 2018.

The Ultimate Lens Hood is an expandable silicone cone that, when rested against glass, blocks glare and reflections.

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It's been fit tested to stretch up to 128 mm, and works on lenses as small as 60 mm.

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If you use a Smartphone or compact camera, the ULH Mini works for smaller lenses.

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Take a look at the Ultimate Lens Hood in action to see what a difference it makes.

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Without ULH

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With ULH

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Without ULH

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With ULH

It evens works to protect your camera from the elements or as a lens changing pad.

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Watch as creator John Smith shares the story behind the Ultimate Lens Hood.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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