...who uses it? Or maybe a better question to ask, who ever made photography gear themselves? A few days ago a friend of mine sent me a link to diyphotography.net. On this site there are loads of home built photography gimmicks, like softboxes, lightboxes and so on. While browsing this website I stumbled upon a "origami lightbox". Just check out the website, there's a better explanation than I can give you. This "origami lightbox" is one of the things I am planning on making. I think it may come in pretty darn handy for macro pictures, which I just luuuuuuv taking Righty-oh. Somewhere on this website I found a link to lenshoods.co.uk. This website really got me thinking. My wallet's not loaded, neither is my wife's. So, instead of getting me a 20 lenshood, why not making my own? Today I made a print of the lenshood they have on the site for the stock Nikkor 18-55 lens. When I got home from work today I took some scissors and cut it all up to see how it would look. 1) It's white, white is not good. 2) It's paper, not sturdy at all. 3) The stock lenshood does not cover enough light blockage. Time for improvement, right? After some thinking it occured to me that somewhere around the house and at work we have some cheap paper binding "portfolio's" made of quite thin and flexible plastic "foil". Not sure what to call it otherwise. I'm going to photoshop it up to make the hood a bit larger on one size, to make it adjustable for light blocking. Besides that, I'm going to make it out of the plastic foil, to make it flexible and easy to put away in the camera bag. It will also have an easy "locking" mechanism, that keeps the hood together when there's put a bit of strain on it, e.a. when it's shoved around the lens. As a finishing touch the plastic foil will get a few coats of matt black spray paint that I already have as well. So basically, instead of 20, the hood will maybe cost me about 6 hours of my spare time, and maybe about 0,10. I've thought it all out and it actually looks pretty darn foolproof. Am I the only one on these forums pondering on ideas like this?