Steven in NJ took me to task on last weeks post about lens hoods. Steven said:
The other day, I read about using lens hoods. I have to admit, I will have to go on a hunt to find my lens hoods but my questions are: Do you use them? Indoors too? Sometimes I have sun glare while taking the exterior front of the house, is anyone using reflectors or cardboard for that matter to block the sun? And if you're using reflectors, are you also using them indoors?
Yes, I hear what you are saying; lens hoods are a bother. And most of the time, I don't even use mine outside taking front shots. The lens hood for my Canon 16-35 mm is this tiny little thing that is a nuisance and does very little most of the time. This is what I was going to respond to Diane's original question until I watched Phil Steel's video on lens hoods and saw some of the examples he gave.
The right answer is you should be using hoods because there's probably 1 situation out of 100 where they will really do anything. But I learned my lesson about this kind of thing with cheap UV filters. See the backstory here. Details like not using lens hoods and using cheap UV filters can cause problems and you don't even know it's happening.
So on that post, it was better to give the "correct" answer ("Always use a lens hood") than tell the truth ("I never use a lens hood"). I suspect the majority of real estate photographers are like you and I (they hate lens hoods and never use them) but none of us had the guts to stand up and tell the truth! Every commenter said they always use a lens hood!