How-To Geek

Use a Coffee Cup Sleeve as a Temporary Lens Hood

Whether you left your lens hood at home or you don’t even have one, this quick and dirty hack turns a coffee cup sleeve into a temporary lens hood.

Slide the sleeve around the lens, take the photos, toss it in the recycling bin. Except for making a quick cut with pocket knife to adjust the size (if need be) there’s not much else you need to do for this simple sleeve-to-hood hack.

[via DIY Photography]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 04/6/12

Comments (5)

  1. r

    nice !…like that people can say, “…and who’s the big dork over there with a coffee cup sleeve
    on his lens.”

  2. Citrus Rain


    And that’s when you do the Leo Strut.

  3. BlackHoleSun

    1) Spend hundreds of dollars on a DSLR
    2) Be too cheap to spend $10-20 on a lens hood
    3) ??????
    4) Profit!!!

  4. bluelord

    thats why its called a “hack” blackholesun…

    its neat – but you would ned an opaque cup to really work wont you?

    nevertheless ingeneous idea.

  5. Ted56

    It’s not a hack, someone just put a coffee cup sleeve on the front of their lens, which probably causes lots of vignetting. There is nothing ingenious about that.

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