Hotel Keys Don’t Work? Make An LCD Hood! A Pictorial

Have you ever got stuck out side of your hotel room with the plastic keys not working and decided to go on a photowalk, but it was too sunny to read the LCD? Have you? Really wanted an LCD hood, but could not find one.

Hotel Keys Dont Work? Make An LCD Hood? A Pictorial

Well, you’re in luck because master pictorial maker Maciej Pietuszynski has just what you need – a Hotel Room Key to LCD hood pictorial. It has little text and great step by step pictures for you to follow.

You’ll need

  • some bad hotel keys (be nice at the reception and ask, they’ll probably give you as many bad keys as you need. In case you have none, this will work with credit cards too :)
  • Gaffers tape 
  • Scissors


Hotel Keys Dont Work? Make An LCD Hood?

Step 1 – Measure your LCD external frame and cut accordingly

Hotel Keys Dont Work? Make An LCD Hood?

Step 2 – Gaff-tape the cards to form a card-train

Hotel Keys Dont Work? Make An LCD Hood?

Step 3 -Gaff-tape the last two cards

Hotel Keys Dont Work? Make An LCD Hood?

Step 4 – Punch the sides of the box and insert the rubber band. Make a small tie so it won’t slip back

Hotel Keys Dont Work? Make An LCD Hood?

Step 5 – Gaff-tape all around for a nice black look (make sure to do the inside as well)

Hotel Keys Dont Work? Make An LCD Hood?

Step 6 – Open the hood and wrap the back around the camera

Hotel Keys Dont Work? Make An LCD Hood?

Step 7 – You can now view the LCD in bright sun light

Hotel Keys Dont Work? Make An LCD Hood?

Bonus – The hood folds away when not in use

Hotel Keys Dont Work? Make An LCD Hood?

More Pictorials

Maciej is a master pictorial maker and if you love this style here are a few more awesome pictorials by him:

About The Author

Maciej Pietuszynski is a photographer based in Dublin, Ireland. You can follow his Blog here and his awesome Flickr here.

  • ext237

    Bet this would work with corrugated plastic (coroplast) too! Very cool tutorial, thanks for posting.

    • http://twitter.com/TurnerJoy Area Man

      While I love coroplast one of its biggest advantages and disadvantages is that almost no adhesives stick to it, so you would need to “mechanically” fasten it or at least take extra care with how you tape it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mario.calandrino.3 Mario Calandrino

    Really! You have this much time for arts & crafts when traveling. Thought the idea was to capture as many unique prize winning images as time allows.

  • Georges_Ledoux

    Hey no need of Hotel Keys card, just take… CARDBOARD, you damn hipster. No need a tuto for cutting card, scotch taped them and attach rubber.

    • Marie.L

      Yeah, I totally agree with you Georges_Ledoux! This post does not deserve the term “tuto” or “hack”, in fact this post doesn’t worth much, or perhaps in child cardboard craft book!