When I bought my Sony a6000 after a year of diligent saving, I immersed myself in learning exposure triangle.
I save the cheat sheet photos on my Dropbox (added to favourites for offline access).
I was confused for a while but simply going out and taking shots at different time of the day helped me understand the theory and not simply commit it to memory.
You learn by doing.
Honestly, I spent more time watching vloggers showing off their tech gears.
And two things I noticed are lens hood and filters so I bought my two additional accessories:
- Fotodiox Lens Hood Kit (a tulip flower hood with cap)
- Globe 40.5 mm Circular Polarizing (CPL) Lens Filter
I keep using Globe Filter because it keeps the dust off the lens and glare on photos. But I had to stop using the lens hood.
Why I Stopped Using Lens Hood
Lens hood keep my photos turning too bright when I’m out in a sunny day.
But little did I know that something is going on. How could I not notice it.
My photos have shadows on top corners, either left or right. Or both.
This is a photo of Manila Cathedral in Intramuros. Look at the top right corner and see what I mean. (And this is before I learn how to change aspect ratio to 3:2 on Sony a6000.)
For some photos, cropping can remove the ugly shadows.
What will I do with the rest? Photoshop! If I have the time or dare say prioritize editing a photo.
What Am I Using Now
Currently I am using polarizing lens filter and will later try other filters.
The photo below of a steam clock at Gastown in Vancouver was taken without using lens hood. Goodbye to unwanted shadow.
As for lens hood, I might not use it again or give it a try and see if I can avoid the issue by turning it.
Or maybe this lens hood is the problem. If only I can borrow another hood so I can compare and contrast.
What other camera essentials do you think I should have as a newbie?
Did you have the same issue? To keep or not to keep?