Your camera needs a baseball cap, aka the lens hood
If you have a digital SLR or even a film SLR with interchangeable lenses, you probably have a lens hood that came with your kit. It would look like this.
If you ever wondered what it is for, it acts just like the visor on a baseball cap. It's primary job is to keep the sun out of the eye of the lens which can cause unwanted flare, sunspots and over powering haze. It mounts on the end of your lens like so.
Each lens comes with it's very own lens hood. Each hood is designed for that particular lens. They are not interchangeable or else you may end up with the lens hood in your frame or it simply won't fit. It's second job is for protection. It protects the end of your lens from bumps and bangs when you carry it around.
If you don't have your lens hood with you and it's a really sunny day, you can use one hand over the tops of your lens to block the sun just like a visor.
Happy shooting and enjoy the sun!
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