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Hot Shots: How to Refresh Your Photos Paperback – 1 Oct 2008

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rotovision (1 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2888930277
  • ISBN-13: 978-2888930273
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2 x 18.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,018 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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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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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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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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I love this book and every photograph in it. It really is inspiring. The majority of pictures in the book where shot with a Lomo LC-A camera with a fixed 32mm lens and the film cross processed. Although the Lomo is clearly an amazingly good little camera, it really does go to show that it's not the camera that's important, it's who's hands it's in. Each photograph in Kevin Meredith's excellent book fills the right hand side page while the left hand page tells you a) the story of the photograph b) a related photography tip and c) details of the camera, lens and settings used. It it a super little book and has also inspired me to look in to Lomography.
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Filled with great shots from a lomo master. Each shot has an explanation alongside it which tells you what the key aspects of the frame are, also explains which camera and other apparatus were used to achieve each pic. Full of advice also.

Great for a coffee table when you've looked through it, great to pick up and flick through the pleasing inspirational pics.
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As someone looking to getting into more manual photography this book came highly recommended. However I'm glad I read the reviews on Amazon first that pointed out a lot of this book is aimed at people using film camera's not DSLR's or I think I'd have been very disappointed. It doesn't mean you can't put into practice the authors suggestions, it just means it's probably not so beginner friendly and may feel a little old fashioned to those wanting to use just digital.

This book shows you a picture and then explains how the picture was taken so you can copy or use these techniques yourself.

It's a useful addition to anyone's photography bookshelf, but maybe not as 'Hot' as I'd been led to believe.
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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. And to think, most of these photo's were taken on old school budget cameras. It just goes to show that it's not the tool that counts, it's the creative flair and the audacity to have a go.

This is a great book to leave on the coffee table, the desk, the bedside table, or even on the kitchen table. Your family and friends will love just looking through it. You'll find yourself coming back to it time and again. I do.
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Having acquired my first camera in 1952 [Yes! Really! It was a Coronet Cub that took 828 size film] I have always owned at least one camera.
This book re-ignited my enthusiasm. An ideal source for a newcomer or reminder for an old hand.
If I only had one book on photography, this would be it.
Gosh! My first camera would now be an analogue treasure ... and I never knew it or kept it.
Oh well.
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