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Hot Shots: How to Refresh Your Photos [Paperback]

Kevin Meredith
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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Book Description

1 Oct 2008
Hot Shots is a new type of photography book. Forget expensive kit and incomprehensible jargon, Hot Shots is for everyone who points and snaps, and not just enthusiasts and amateurs, but designers, illustrators, and anyone who needs to create imagery for their work and pleasure. If you want to take photographs that look exciting, fun, and professional, this portable, easy-access tome is for you. The aim of this book is to highlight and explain various photographic techniques, qualities, and effects, using extended captions and simple technical information. Issues covered include composition, exposure, low-light, night shots, portraits, perspective, city- and landscapes, speed, movement, abstraction, animals, colour, flash, silhouettes, and black and white, among others. Have you ever wondered how to get a shot of a moving athlete in focus against a blurred background? Or of a landscape without the distraction of focusing on the foreground? Well, here s where you ll find the answer. Examples are arranged by colour, to enhance the visual appeal, pace, and impact of the contents, and to complement the book s flick-through quality.

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Product details

  • 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: 223,801 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Relight Your Fire 9 Dec 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 22 April 2009
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
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
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
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book. 11 Oct 2010
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring! 21 Sep 2010
By Clare Mccann VINE VOICE
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 15 Oct 2009
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
5.0 out of 5 stars This should become a cult classic.... 28 Nov 2008
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Really simple and nice to read, the book is great to look at and gives you some really good ideas to try out
Published 6 months ago by A J Ellis
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Saw this guy on Flickr where I have an account. Did not connect the two though till I had ordered it.
Very nice book just to look at, but some nice tips also.
Published 6 months ago by Graham Edward Tidey
2.0 out of 5 stars Gimiky
The same old oh no,lomo and holga hogwash. He has a knack for composition, but should maybe concentrate on that. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Bj Chambers
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a nice book
This book shows what we can see on it's preview on line.

It's what we can expect, a book with Highlights about a few boosts we can give to our shoots
Published 10 months ago by Estrapada
5.0 out of 5 stars Omg omg omg i fell in love with the lc-a
After reading this book i had to get an lc-a just so i could play with making images like kev funny tho i met him the day after i fin this book and he is a top fella :)
Published 10 months ago by Christian T
5.0 out of 5 stars Usefull
Recommended by my Daughters university and a great reference book will last alot longer than her course and will be used for many years.
Published 14 months ago by Helen Hynes
2.0 out of 5 stars Not found useful.
Although the photographs have artistic merit it is not a useful book for DSLR beginners and did not provide the inspriation I was hoping for..
Published 14 months ago by Md D Fowler
4.0 out of 5 stars inspiring
Kevin has put together a wonderful collection of ideas and concepts for you to explore at you leisure. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Dade Freeman
5.0 out of 5 stars A little book with a big impact
This a great little book. It's full of inspiring ideas and useful tips. Just looking at the photo's makes you want to go out and try these things for yourself. Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2012 by Mr. N. C. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Book of Photo Heaven
Born in the early seventies, I got my first Polaroid age 10 and a Pentax film camera soon after. There ended the extent of my analogue catalogue. Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2012 by Frankie
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