Any of you that have purchased a standard DSLR camera it TYPICALLY comes with extras that most (at first) probably have no clue what the purpose is. When I first started shooting I remember pulling out all the extras from the box and seeing that thing that is called a lens hood. It's that plastic piece that looks like a wrist cuff and it clips on the end of your lens. Some of my lenses are already long or bulky so why would I want to add more length to it. And it's just one more thing to carry around.. So what the heck is that thing and what is it for ?
In photography, a lens hood or lens shade is a plastic piece used on the front of a lens to block the Sun or other light source(s) to prevent glare and lens flare. Lens hoods may also be used to protect the lens from scratches and the elements without having to put on a lens cover.
Well now that we know what a hood is and what it does is it a NEED? In my opinion, yes, just not ALL the time.
There are certain situations where lens flare, glare and the sun are what we want in a photo.
There are other times where it is too much and can affect the quality or the over all feel of the image. Like anything there is a time and a place.
When I personally put the hood on my lens it's either to protect my lens from debris flying in the air, rain or too much sun. Seems smart, a no brainer right?
So if I do all that for my lens why is my spirit/soul any different? I mean shoot, a lens is replaceable but we only get one soul. Isn't that how it works for toxic people too. We all have them in our lives and we can't always just get rid of them. Unfortunately we have toxic radio stations, friends, TV shows, neighbors, co-workers and, sadly, even family members.
Social media CAN be great but only if it's used properly. Social media has a way of putting a lot of crap right in your face. When you have a good positive source feeding your newsfeed it can be uplifting and positive. But when it becomes toxic don't hesitate to unfollow, unfriend or even block someone that is poisoning your soul. Now dong get this twisted i'm not saying delete everyone that disagrees with you. Treat it like a photo with the sun. Ask yourself will this help or hurt? Basically what i'm saying is treat your soul like it is an irreplaceable lens. Guard it, protect it and take care of it. Because if it gets scratched or has too much of a negative source coming in it will reflect on every image that comes out.
"Above all else guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."