Print your own lens hood for free, using downloadable PDFs

Lens hood

Lens hoods get lost, and replacing them costs money. If you are looking for a quick solution to your lost lens hood, or just want to have another one, you should know that you can print lens hoods from PDF files, for free. offers free PDFs you can download, with rounded and petal hood designs for a lot of lenses manufactured by Canon and other brands. They have a sister site with lens hood PDFs especially for APS-C DSLRs with 1.6 and 1.5 crop factors.
Given the often horrendous prices asked for what basically is a piece of plastic, this solution may come handy. A lens hood made out of paper may not be a durable solution but for sure it might save your day if you need one and do not want to spend the money for an original lens hood.

Printable lens hoods offer a number of advantages over their costly counterparts:

  • Ultra compact – can be carried unfolded.
  • No waiting to order one – simply download, print, cut-out and attach.
  • Redundancy – don’t worry if you lose one; just print another!
  • 100% recyclable.
  • Can be modified to cater for different digital SLR sensor crop factors.
  • Available in both ’rounded’ and ‘petal’ versions.

Canon EOS 77D Tutorial Videos (AF, WiFi, HD video)

Eos 77d

Canon EOS 77D: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA

Canon EOS 77D at a glance:

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • 45-Point All Cross-Type Phase-Detect AF
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Up to 6 fps Shooting and ISO 51200
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC, Bluetooth
  • Top LCD and Rear Quick Control Dial
  • RGB+IR 7560-Pixel Metering Sensor

Canon USA posted a set of tutorial videos for the new Canon EOS 77D. The first video below is an introduction to the Canon EOS 77D, and then tutorial videos for WiFi connectivity, the 45 point AF system and for HD video. Enjoy.

This 4 Minutes Song is a Photography 101

The guys behind Photos in Color posted a funny 4 minutes song on YouTube. The “Photography For Beginners Song – 12 Days Of Photography” song not only is funny but also is a quick Photography 101.

Everything you need to know about photography in one simpler (funny) song. We all know the song the 12 days of christmas right? Well this is the 12 days of photography and yes it gets faster, more crazy and Ed Gregory has a hard time keeping up.

A bit of Everything (lighting tips, Milvus 2/35 ZE, Irix 11mm f/4 & 15mm f/2.4, EOS M6, Sigma 135mm f/1.8)

Above: Lighting Tips: How to Capture that ‘National Geographic Style’ – Advancing Your Photography

In this video, National Geographic photographer Bob Holmes gives us his lighting tips and the secrets for controlling light in your photographs. You’ll learn about the 3 types of light and how to control each. Bob explains how to capture the shot using natural light without lots of equipment. He shares his decades of experience, knowledge and travels with you in this video.

Above: Spring by Jamie Scott (shot on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with a 24mm prime lens)

Zeiss Milvus 2/35 ZE (Canon mount) DxOmarked (German Precision)- DxOMark

Out of the shadows: the night narratives of Richard Vantielcke – Canon Professional Network Europe

Scott Kelby tells why he switched from Nikon to CanonB&H Photo Explora

In the Field with the Canon 5D Mark IV – B&H Photo Explora

RAW vs. JPEG: An Ultimate Guide – PetaPixel

Irix 11mm f/4 Review – Photography Blog

Irix 15mm f/2.4 Review – Photography Blog

Concert Photography: The Next Stage – Canon Digital Learning Center

Canon EOS M6 Field Test: Compact mirrorless ILC shows Canon’s continued improvements to M series – Imaging Resource

Here’s how much it would actually cost a pro to switch from Canon to SonyDPReview

LensRentals Reviews the New Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art Lens – LensRentals

How I Shot the Holi Festival in India – FStoppers

Field Test: Down and Dirty Filmmaking with the Canon C700 – No Film School

Today’s Gold Box and one day only deals at Amazon USAmazon DEAmazon UKB&H Photo, eBay and Adorama

Below: Baby Photography Tips for Parents with Kelly Brown – Canon Australia

Canon Master Kelly Brown has been a professional baby photographer for the best part of a decade. Here she shares her baby photography tips to help parents capture beautiful photos of their little angels’ precious first moments.

New videos added to Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP 4.x) tutorial series

Digital Photo Professional Video Tutorials

New videos have been added to Canon’s own Digital Photo Professional tutorial series.

The videos are (latest additions in italics)

  • Get organised
  • Recover missing shadows
  • Levels and curves
  • Counteract colour casts
  • Improve composition
  • Sharpen Detail
  • Lens Correction
  • Cloning and Healing

All tutorials come with downloadable resources, like PDF docs, RAW files used in the examples etc. This looks to be a pretty good, free tutorial for Canon Digital Photo Professional 4.x. Click here to access the tutorials. Enjoy!