Top 10 Best Books to Read in Photography & Video - October 2021

Books in the photography and video genre are based on topics related to photographing and video making. For example, they might consist of the art of professional filming, shooting dramas, short videos, weddings videos, party videos, live streams, and news. In addition, they might include video and photo editing guides. These guides assist videographers in learning how to work for a small and large camera setup. They also get instructions about maintaining and operating camera equipment, edit footage, and sound recording devices. The primary purpose of the photography and videography genre is to acknowledge professionals about the proper skills of using modern devices. Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Photography & Video.

1. There and Back: Photographs from the Edge

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Photography & Video - October 2021

The Academy Award – winning director of Free Solo and National Geographic photographer presents the first collection of his iconic adventure photography, featuring some of the greatest moments of the most accomplished climbers and outdoor athletes in the world, and including more than 200 extraordinary photographs. Filmmaker, photographer, and world-class mountaineer Jimmy Chin goes where few can follow to capture stunning images in death-defying situations. There and Back draws from his breathtaking portfolio of photographs, captured over twenty years during cutting-edge expeditions on all seven continents—from skiing Mount Everest, to an unsupported traverse of Tibet's Chang Tang Plateau on foot, to first ascents in Chad’s Ennedi Desert and Antarctica’s Queen Maud Land. Along the way, Chin shares behind-the-scenes details about how he captured such astounding images in impossible conditions, and tells the stories of the legendary adventurers and remarkable athletes he has photographed, including Alex Honnold, the star of his Academy Award–winning documentary film Free Solo ; ski mountaineer Kit DesLauriers; snowboarder Travis Rice; and mountaineers Conrad Anker and Yvon Chouinard.  These larger-than-life images, coupled with stories of outsized drive and passion, of impossible goals with life or death stakes, of partnerships forged through incredible hardship, are sure to inspire wonder and awe.

  • Author: Jimmy Chin
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (November 16, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1984859501
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 12 inches


2. Chanel: Collections and Creations

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Photography & Video - October 2021

Chanel's combination of tradition, originality and style has always made it the most seductive of brands. Here the House of Chanel opens its private archives, revealing a galaxy of brilliant designs created by Coco Chanel from the 1920s onwards, and now reinterpreted to become the motifs for brand new garments, accessories and beauty products. Inspired by the House's signature fragrance, the legendary ‘Chanel No 5’, the book explores five central themes – the suit, the camellia, jewelry, fragrances and make-up, and the little black dress – and follows the threads from past to present to show how these key items have been rediscovered and reinvented by fashion designers working in the footsteps of their illustrious predecessors. This visual journey is enhanced by previously unpublished archive photographs and original drawings by Karl Lagerfeld, as well as glorious images from some of the greatest names in fashion photography. Dazzling clothes, intricate accessories, beautiful models and timeless design leave no doubt as to the lasting fame of the brand and embody everything that has come to symbolize the magic of Chanel. llustrations: 159

  • Author: Daniele Bott
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1st Edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 978-0500513606
  • Dimensions: 9.9 x 1 x 11.3 inches


3. The Beatles: Get Back

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Photography & Video - October 2021

The most anticipated book in more than a decade by the legendary band, The Beatles: Get Back is the official account of the creation of their final album, Let It Be , told in The Beatles’ own words, illustrated with hundreds of previously unpublished images, including photos by Ethan A. Russell and Linda McCartney. Half a century after the 1970 Let It Be album and film, this milestone book coincides with the global release of Peter Jackson’s documentary feature film, The Beatles: Get Back. The book opens in January 1969, the beginning of The Beatles’ last year as a band. The BEATLES ( The White Album ) is at number one in the charts and the foursome gather in London for a new project. Over 21 days, first at Twickenham Film Studios and then at their own brand-new Apple Studios, with cameras and tape recorders documenting every day’s work and conversations, the band rehearse a huge number of songs, culminating in their final concert, which famously takes place on the rooftop of their own office building, bringing central London to a halt. The Beatles: Get Back tells the story of those sessions through transcripts of the band’s candid conversations. Drawing on over 120 hours of sound recordings, leading music writer John Harris edits the richly captivating text to give us a fly-on-the-wall experience of being there in the studios. These sessions come vividly to life through hundreds of unpublished, extraordinary images by two photographers who had special access to their sessions―Ethan A. Russell and Linda Eastman (who married Paul McCartney two months later). Also included are many unseen high-resolution film-frames, selected from the 55 hours of restored footage from which Peter Jackson’s documentary is also drawn. Legend has it that these sessions were a grim time for a band falling apart. However, as acclaimed novelist Hanif Kureishi writes in his introduction, “In fact this was a productive time for them, when they created some of their best work. And it is here that we have the privilege of witnessing their early drafts, the mistakes, the drift and digressions, the boredom, the excitement, joyous jamming and sudden breakthroughs that led to the work we now know and admire." Half a century after their final performance, this book completes the story of the creative genius, timeless music, and inspiring legacy of The Beatles.

  • Author: The Beatles
  • Publisher: Callaway Arts & Entertainment (October 12, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Music
  • ISBN: 978-0935112962
  • Dimensions: 9.85 x 1.5 x 11.88 inches


4. Kitten Lady's Mini Cats in Mini Hats 2022 Mini Wall Calendar

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Photography & Video - October 2021

The Kitten Lady's Mini Cats in Mini Hats 2022 Mini Wall Calendar features thirteen adorable photos of tiny kittens wearing hand-crafted caps, hats, crowns and micro costumes appropriate for the seasons and major holidays throughout the year.  Photographed and selected by Hannah Shaw, this space-saving calendar is perfect for displaying on the fridge, in lockers, cubicles, and just about anywhere and will delight cat lovers of all ages. Features include: 7" x 7" calendar opens to 7" x 14"  Planning spread for September–December 2021 12 monthly pages run January–December 2022 Widely celebrated and nationally recognized holidays and observances Moon phases, based on Universal Time Printed on FSC-certified paper with soy-based ink

  • Author: Hannah Shaw
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (July 27, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1524867836
  • Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.2 x 7.2 inches


5. 365 Cats Page-A-Day Calendar 2022: The World's Favorite Cat Calendar

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Photography & Video - October 2021

It’s the superstar of cat calendars, and the superstar of all calendars.  Featuring the distinguished winners of the annual Cat Calendar Contest, 365 Cats has done it again! Here are the sweet, sassy, silly, mischievous, and adorable winners of the 2021 Cat Calendar Contest. A stunning pure black cat with yellow eyes. A sweet ginger posing in front of a bookcase. A quartet of adorable Abyssinian kittens. A jaunty Tonkinese out for a walk. Plus cats in drawers, cats in baskets, cats in hammocks, cats crashing flower arrangements as only a cat can. The calendar includes inspiring rescue stories, health and care tips, fascinating cat facts, and quotes that every cat lover will relate to: “Cats make wonderful models. . . . They never strike a pose that isn’t photogenic.”—Lillian Jackson Braun. Now 100% recyclable and printed on FSC-certified paper.

  • Author: Workman Calendars
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (September 21, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1523512805
  • Dimensions: 5.44 x 2.7 x 5.5 inches


6. Cat Page-A-Day Gallery Calendar 2022

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Photography & Video - October 2021

A tribute to the unparalleled beauty and elegance of cats. Here is a year of cat portraits, in both black-and-white and color, which capture the beguiling combination of independence, attitude, and grace that cat people just can’t resist. A calico leaping through ancient Greek ruins. A white cat with a black “mask” gazing off into the distance. A sweet gray  kitten peeking through its kitty door. And a fluffy Persian with an expression that says “Spoil me.” The hundreds of images are enhanced by charming captions and quotes. Printed on FSC-certified paper. Page-a-Day® Gallery Calendars include 160 sheets of glossy, high quality paper printed with gorgeous full-color photographs. Each calendar is packaged in a clear plastic box that opens into a desktop easel for elegant, inspiring display.

  • Author: Workman Calendars
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (July 27, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1523512850
  • Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.57 x 7.48 inches


7. The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Photography & Video - October 2021

Number-one New York Times best seller A memoir of leadership and success: The executive chairman of Disney, Time ’s 2019 businessperson of the year, shares the ideas and values he embraced during his 15 years as CEO while reinventing one of the world’s most beloved companies and inspiring the people who bring the magic to life. Named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR Robert Iger became CEO of The Walt Disney Company in 2005, during a difficult time. Competition was more intense than ever, and technology was changing faster than at any time in the company’s history. His vision came down to three clear ideas: Recommit to the concept that quality matters, embrace technology instead of fighting it, and think bigger - think global - and turn Disney into a stronger brand in international markets. Fourteen years later, Disney is the largest, most admired media company in the world, counting Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and 21st Century Fox among its properties. Its value is nearly five times what it was when Iger took over, and he is recognized as one of the most innovative and successful CEOs of our era. In The Ride of a Lifetime , Robert Iger shares the lessons he learned while running Disney and leading its 220,000-plus employees, and he explores the principles that are necessary for true leadership, including: Optimism. Even in the face of difficulty, an optimistic leader will find the path toward the best possible outcome and focus on that, rather than give in to pessimism and blaming. Courage. Leaders have to be willing to take risks and place big bets. Fear of failure destroys creativity. Decisiveness. All decisions, no matter how difficult, can be made on a timely basis. Indecisiveness is both wasteful and destructive to morale. Fairness. Treat people decently, with empathy, and be accessible to them. This audiobook is about the relentless curiosity that has driven Iger for 45 years, since the day he started as the lowliest studio grunt at ABC. It’s also about thoughtfulness and respect, and a decency-over-dollars approach that has become the bedrock of every project and partnership Iger pursues, from a deep friendship with Steve Jobs in his final years to an abiding love of the Star Wars mythology. "The ideas in this book strike me as universal", Iger writes. "Not just to the aspiring CEOs of the world, but to anyone wanting to feel less fearful, more confidently themselves, as they navigate their professional and even personal lives."

  • Author: Robert Iger
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Movies, Video, Direction & Production


8. Tom Ford

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Photography & Video - October 2021

Tom Ford has become one of fashion's great icons. He transformed Gucci from a moribund accessories label into one of the sexiest fashion brands in the world. His designs have increased sales at Gucci tenfold and have helped build the Gucci brand into the luxury goods conglomerate that it is today. Ford brought a hard-edged style synonymous with 21st century glamour to his clothes, and Hollywood sat up and took note. This book is a complete catalogue of Ford's design work for both Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent from 1994 to 2004. It chronicles not only Ford's clothing and accessories designs for both houses, but also explores Ford's grand vision for the complete design of a brand, including architecture, store design, and advertising. Tom Ford features more than 200 photographs by Richard Avedon, Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Terry Richardson, Craig McDean, Todd Eberle, and numerous other photographers including many previously unpublished images. Published to coincide with his departure from Gucci, this book has been created with Ford's full cooperation and every page reflects his exceptional taste. It is Ford's testament to a career of singular moments reinventing the boundaries of style and sensuality in clothing.

  • Author: Tom Ford
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; Slp edition (November 4, 2008)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 978-0847826698
  • Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.23 x 14.8 inches


9. The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer: Checklists, Worksheets, and Essential Tools to Plan the Perfect Wedding on a Small Budget

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Photography & Video - October 2021

Organize a beautiful wedding on a beautifully small budget Bring your big day to life without breaking the bank, thanks to this budget wedding planner of tools and worksheets for putting together a wedding day that you and your guests will cherish. Inside this handy wedding checklist planner you’ll find example budgets, calendars, tips for the guest list, checklists, and guides to setting wedding goals that ensure the whole affair is a smashing success. The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer includes: Stylish alternatives ―Guided questions help you decide how you want your wedding to feel, helping you achieve the style you want without going overboard. The big questions ―This wedding planner teaches you the most important things to ask when interviewing vendors, venues, and more. DIY guidance ―Get advice on what’s worth doing or making yourself and what’s better left to a professional. From first dance to final toast, The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer will help you make any wedding a hit.

  • Author: Jessica Bishop
  • Publisher: Temescal Press (February 6, 2018)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1623159856
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.6 x 9 inches


10. Star Trek - The Original Series: A Celebration

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Photography & Video - October 2021

Celebrate the 55th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series with this epic coffee-table book! New interviews, archival conversations, never-before-seen art and sketches, and more!   Gene Roddenberry’s “Wagon Train to the Stars” continues to live long and prosper, with Discovery , Lower Decks , and Picard currently on the air, and Strange New Worlds on the way. But it all began 55 years ago with Star Trek: The Original Series . The second installment in Hero Collector’s Celebration line (following Star Trek: Voyager – A Celebration ), Star Trek: The Original Series – A Celebration includes more than a dozen new interviews with cast and creatives, scores of never-before-seen photographs and sketches, as well as chapters taking fresh looks at the show’s creation, directing, visual effects, props, and most-pivotal episodes.

  • Author: Ben Robinson
  • Publisher: Hero Collector (September 21, 2021)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Movies
  • ISBN: 978-1858759906
  • Dimensions: 8.95 x 0.86 x 11.49 inches