Build & Shoot: Coffee Cup Sleeve Lens Hood


DIY Photography: Lens Attachments, Filters & Creative Effects


Lesson Info

Build & Shoot: Coffee Cup Sleeve Lens Hood

All right so I was at a coff- Let's imagine a scenario. So there you are walking through the streets of Paris and you're taking a photo of let's say this beautiful lady in Paris, and the sun is shining into the front of your lens causing lens flare. And you're like, "No problem. I'll get my lens hood out, and I'll put my lens hood on the camera." And then you realize, "Oh no, I left my lens hood back in my apartment in Seattle. What do I do?" Well, the solution is you go buy a cup of coffee and you throw the coffee away, but you keep the... What do we call these exactly? These are coffee cup... Sleeves, yeah, the sleeves. And so you know this basically keeps your fingers from getting burned while you're holding the coffee. Well, this also works as a do-it-yourself, impromptu lens hood to prevent lens flare from getting in the front of your camera. So this is like the least expensive DIY project today. In fact, you don't even need to buy a cup of coffee. I actually got these from my cof...

fee shop and I just grabbed a couple of them because they were out on the shelf or on the table. So let me just show you how this works. I think for this one what we'll do is... I think it fits on this lens just fine. No, it doesn't. Which lens did it fit on? I practiced this ahead of time. How about this one? Oh yeah, it works on that one just fine. Okay, so there we go. The idea is it's a lens hood. It just goes on like that and it prevents sun flare. Traditionally, your lens hoods are actually shaped, right? They're shaped and designed specifically for that lens and for that camera. So here you can see the difference between the two. I have this tape on here just to block out the logo, so you don't even need to block out the logo of the company when you do this. You just need a lens hood on for the lens. So I thought what I'd do is I just try a quick a little sample. I think everyone who's watching gets the idea, gets the concept. But let me just shoot a picture here, and I'm on purpose going to try and do some lens flare. I'm going to bring in my flash over there, and I'm just going to shine it towards the camera. We'll get some lens flare without the hood, and we'll put the hood on and, hopefully, prevent the lens flare. Sound good? Sound good. And to do this, I think we'll just use Lightroom for this one so we won't go tethered. Or I'm sorry, we won't go live view. All righty, so we'll do that. I need a trigger flash here. And because I want to produce lens flare, I'm just going to take this off for now. I'm going to go grab my flash, and I'm just going to shoot direct flash. I'm not going to use the softbox for this. I'm just going to, on purpose, create some very obnoxious lens flare. And the concept here...what we're pretending is that the sun is shining into the camera. So basically, I'm kind of shining this off that way. I'm not using this necessity to light her up. I'm using it just to blast light into the camera body. Okay, turn that on to remote. Good. And we'll just do a test shot. Oh, shoot, don't step on the cord. Oh, we're still connected. Good. All right, little test shot just to see what we've got. Again, I'm just shooting straight. Okay, am I getting flare? We'll do that. Okay, we'll take another shot here. Okay, we've got some flare. All right so there's the sun. The sun is shining into that lens, obnoxious, annoying. I mean who would ever purposely put flare and out of focus areas in their photographs like we've been doing all day today? We would never do that. And so we're just going to put this little lens hood on there from your favorite coffee shop. And there is a little bit of an art to placing it. You basically want the wide part to be horizontal. Or if you shoot the camera vertically, then you want the wide part to be vertically just because the frame of the camera is actually wider than taller. And so we're going to put that on there. Okay, here we go, one, two, three. I missed the focus. There we go. We're still getting the lens flare. It works perfectly. Trust me. There we go. I got it. Got rid of the lens or the sun flare. So super inexpensive emergency, on the spot, in the middle of Paris, fix the lens flare. There you go. I've got some fun stuff in this class, and that's one of the simpler ones in the class.

Class Description

You don’t need to buy every lens or filter for your camera in order to create impactful images. Mike Hagen is back with his DIY series to explore the hacks you can take to play with different looks when shooting. He’ll explore ways to create tilt shifts, bokeh backgrounds, lightboxes for macro field work, and star filters. 

  • You’ll learn how to make: 
  • Soft filters for photographing portraits or flowers 
  • Neutral density filters for long exposures 
  • Different fine art backgrounds like bokeh, haze and tilt-shift 
  • An inexpensive macro lens and macro diffuser 
Capture different looks by using items you can find around your house or at the local hardware store. Mike Hagen will have you expanding your camera bag and your portfolio so you can spend more time being creative and less time spending money. 



Love it!! Very creative and full of inspiration. Mike Hagen explains the different effects in a great way, he is precise yet easy-going so he makes learning fun. I recommend this class to all who wants to take their creative photography to the next level without spending money on expensive accessories.


Mike has an easy-going, pleasant & fun personality. He explains things clearly. Rolls with whatever happens. And, he's very good about answering audience questions in an understandable, positively reinforcing and non-judgemental way (which can be rare for some established pro photographers...).

Kelly Youngblood

I am so glad that I stumbled upon this website. It has me excited to keep going further in my photography abilities. I can't wait to be able to watch more classes. Thank you so much for this, I am going to stay up all night checking out how to do this way of shooting different ways. DYI I love this lesson.