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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rotovision (1 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9782888930273
  • ISBN-13: 978-2888930273
  • ASIN: 2888930277
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2 x 18.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is a great mix of coffee table eye candy and helpful information for inspiring photographers
--Oranges and Apples

I really like this book, its fun to look at, inspiring and informative
--Oranges and Apples

About the Author

An accomplished and recognised Lomographer, Kevin Meredith was ranked second in the world at the Lomolympics 2000 in Tokyo and was awarded third place at the Lomographic World Congress in Vienna in 2002. He has worked taking photographs for the Commonwealth Games in 2002, The National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and The Royal College of Art, among other commissions. His work has been published in two Lomo photographic books: Spirit and Don t Think Just Shoot.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Broome on 9 Dec. 2008
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This is a truly wonderful little pocket sized book, which is sure to rekindle anybody's passion for photography - whether film or digital be your thing. The author is a true ambassador for the Lomographic way of life - he carries a camera everywhere he goes, and shoots anything and everything - but his flair for this kind of hip-shooting photography is astounding, and the fact that he's willing to pass on his secrets should be lauded. The tips and advice given in the book are sometimes obvious, sometimes profund - but always useful. The photos used to illustrate the points are wonderful. Plus there's a nice concise section at the back of the book going into more detail about cameras, processing, online galleries, etc.

The only downside to Hot Shots that I can see at the moment, is that it's going to increase the cost of second hand 35mm compacts on the auction sites - as everybody rushes off to collect them, and follow the author's lead!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark D. Bradley on 22 April 2009
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This is a really good book for those people out there who love to take photos but can't seem to get the shot they want. There are some excelent tips on shooting angles and positions as well as lighting. Above all though, this book makes you want to get out there an take photos because it instills a sense of fun.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Meg Pickard on 3 Oct. 2008
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Kevin Meredith/LomoKev has got an incredible eye for an image. In this book he provides detailed and inspiring instructions on how to use a huge variety of photography techniques, each accompanied by stunning examples from his own portfolio.

Even without the interesting descriptions of how each image was taken, technical data and notes on why it works (something you don't often see provided or explained by the original photographer), this book would still be worth buying, if only for the quality of the images within. The print quality is particularly good, too - really brings out proper vibrant lomoish colours and contrast, which is so important to this artform and the author's particular use of it.

I'd recommend this book for anyone who's got a camera - however small and rubbish - and who wants to take their photography to the next level. This book shows (where others don't) that owning sophisticated technology isn't nearly as important as having a creative, fun, unorthodox (and even rule-breaking) approach to composition, lighting, processing and subject matter.

The thing that really makes this book about photography work where other similar ones don't is that all the approaches, techniques and composition ideas are explained and illustrated so simply and beautifully, you find yourself looking at each page and thinking "Yeah...I could do that!" With the help of this book, and inspired by Kevin Meredith's fabulous examples, you probably can, and will.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James A. Cairney on 28 Nov. 2008
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Amazing book...I've always enjoyed taking photos, imagined I had a "good eye" and been interested in the "artistic" side of photography, though I'd never consider myself a photographer...this book is ideal for me!
Not only is it full of brilliant photos (which, as the man above says, would make it worth the cover price!) but the simple, clear and direct details on how the photo's were taken, very well written in language that everyone can understand, are also brilliant!
I'm buying a pile as christmas presents for everyone from my 14 year old niece with he GCSE art project to complete to my recently retired dad looking for a new hobby...I know it will inspire both of them!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rodrigo T. Oliveira on 15 Oct. 2009
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Even tough I already knew almost all the photos in this book, from the author's Flickr account, the explanations and info behind each photo are great. This is a great way to improve your photographic skills where it's most important: composition, colors, creativity in general.

Also nice to see how one can get great photos from simple cameras :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By elsmag10 on 15 May 2011
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i bought this book in order to help give me some fresh ideas about how to take my photography further. I am an enthusiast photographer and just wanted something different compared to what other camera books are offering. This book presents pictures on one side, accompanied by a description about why it works. It also provides shooting information and camera settings used - to help give you an idea of how to get the shot for yourself. Small book with lots of information and easy to carry around in your camera bag to provide inspiration.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M Marshall on 11 Oct. 2010
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Well written and easily understandable. This book offers advice useful to novice and well established photographers alike. It's easy to pick up and just flick through. All in all a brilliant and indispensable book for anyone looking to advance in photography.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clare Mccann VINE VOICE on 21 Sept. 2010
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I own quite a few photography books, but already this is my favourite. It's a lovely compact size with big bright inspiring photos and short simple explanations about how they were taken. It makes clever photos seem very achievable without bogging you down with the too much science. I would definitely recommend it!
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