A giant sun visor

A giant sun visor

We all know them. Those plastic sun visors that you can screw onto your lens. Somewhere deep in the photo bag they lie around at first. Then you realize that you can get much crisper photos with these things because they block out stray light. I admit, I still don't use them anymore.


Because I actually love stray light. Anything that would classically be considered distracting breathes atmosphere into my images. But sometimes you just reach your limits. When I do shoots with cars, for example.

The interior is actually always too small and even with a wide-angle lens, you can't get enough distance without turning the model's head into a cucumber shape due to the wide angle. Car windows, however, have been tinted since the 1990s and no longer allow a clear view.

Sun visor…
… in action

Tinted car windows

That means those windows reflect the surroundings massively. For some pictures this is nice. But not for every motif. And that's where the good old sun visor comes into play again. Made of plastic, it's no good because it doesn't fit seamlessly with the window. Made of rubber, this universal sun visor is tops.

Effy shot without visor
Effy shot with visor

You have to be prepared to look a bit like a dork with this giant thing. But who cares about that? It's the result that counts, and this rubber thing does what it promises. It fits on most lens sizes and rests beautifully on the window pane, even on curved windows. Reflections are blocked out.

This giant licorice snail is also not as bulky as a plastic sun visor (because it's soft), so it fits easily in your camera bag. For car shoots, a clear recommendation from my side.


I purchased the giant sun visor from amazon myself (and this is not an affiliate link to the product). This is not a sponsored post and I am freely reporting on it because I simply like the product.

Giant licorice snail