Top 10 Best Books to Read in Photography & Video - August 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 - August 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 - August 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. Love, Lucy


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

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The one and only autobiography by the iconic Lucille Ball, hailed by TV Guide as the “#1 Greatest TV Star of All Time.” Love, Lucy is the valentine Lucille Ball left for her fans—a warm, wise, and witty memoir written by Lucy herself. The legendary star of the classic sitcom I Love Lucy was at the pinnacle of her success when she sat down to record the story of her life. No comedienne had made America laugh so hard, no television actress had made the leap from radio and B movies to become one of the world’s best-loved performers. This is her story—in her own words. The story of the ingenue from Jamestown, New York, determined to go to Broadway, destined to make a big splash, bound to marry her Valentino, Desi Arnaz. In her own inimitable style, she tells of their life together—both storybook and turbulent; intimate memories of their children and friends; wonderful backstage anecdotes; the empire they founded; the dissolution of their marriage. And, with a heartfelt happy ending, her enduring marriage to Gary Morton. Here is the lost manuscript that her fans and loved ones will treasure. Here is the laughter. Here is the life. Here’s Lucy... “The comic actress in her own words…intensely moving.” — San Francisco Chronicle “Filled with light and laughter.” — New York Times Book Review

  • Author: Lucille Ball
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video, Film & Video Art

                 

4. 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 - August 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

                 

5. The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate―Discoveries from A Secret World (The Mysteries of Nature, 1)


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

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER With more than 2 million copies sold worldwide, this beautifully-written book journeys deep into the forest to uncover the fascinating—and surprisingly moving—hidden life of trees. “At once romantic and scientific, Wohlleben's view of the forest calls on us all to reevaluate our relationships with the plant world.”―Daniel Chamovitz, PhD, author of What a Plant Knows Are trees social beings? In The Hidden Life of Trees forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland. After learning about the complex life of trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again. Includes a Note From a Forest Scientist, by Dr.Suzanne Simard Published in Partnership with the David Suzuki Institute

  • Author: Peter Wohlleben
  • Publisher: Greystone Books; First English Language Edition, 8th Printing (September 13, 2016)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1771642484
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8 inches

                 



6. Architectural Digest at 100: A Century of Style


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

A rich visual history of Architectural Digest , published for the magazine’s 100th anniversary  Architectural Digest at 100 celebrates the best from the pages of the international design authority. The editors have delved into the archives and culled years of rich material covering a range of subjects. Ranging freely between present and past, the book features the personal spaces of dozens of private celebrities like Barack and Michelle Obama, David Bowie, Truman Capote, David Hockney, Michael Kors, and Diana Vreeland, and includes the work of top designers and architects like Frank Gehry, David Hicks, India Mahdavi, Peter Marino, John Fowler, Renzo Mongiardino, Oscar Niemeyer, Axel Vervoordt, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Elsie de Wolfe. Also included are stunning images from the magazine’s history by photographers such as Bill Cunningham, Horst P. Horst, Simon Upton, Francois Dischinger, Francois Halard, Julius Shulman, and Oberto Gili.

  • Author: Architectural Digest
  • Publisher: Abrams; Illustrated edition (October 8, 2019)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1419733338
  • Dimensions: 10.55 x 1.6 x 13.45 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 - August 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 - August 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. Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor


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

New York Times bestseller One of my dad’s favorite jokes about getting older was: “I went out for coffee when I was twenty-one and when I got back I was fifty-eight!” I get what he meant now. Time flies. My first book, If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a "B" Movie Actor , was published back in 2001 and it chronicles the adventures of a “mid-grade, kind of hammy actor" (my words), cutting his teeth on exploitation movies far removed from mainstream Hollywood.  This next book, an “Act II” if you will, could be considered my “maturing years” in show business, when I began to say “no” more often and gravitated toward self-generated material. Taking stock in the overall quality of my life, I fled Los Angeles and moved to a remote part of Oregon to renew, regroup and reload.  If that sounds tame, the journey from Evil Dead to Spider-Man to Burn Notice was long, with plenty of adventures/mishaps along the way. I never pictured myself hovering above Baghdad in a Blackhawk helicopter, facing a pack of wild dogs in Bulgaria, or playing an aging Elvis Presley with cancer on his penis - how can you predict this stuff? The sheer lunacy of show business is part of the fun for me and I hope you'll come along for the ride. – Bruce “Don’t Call Me Ash” Campbell An icon of B movies and a champion of independent filmmaking, Bruce Campbell is an actor, director and writer best known for his roles as Ash in the Evil Dead franchise and Sam Axe on the hit TV show Burn Notice . Written and read by Bruce Campbell. Co-written with Craig Sanborn. Recording and sound design by Sean McCoy at Oregon Sound Recording.

  • Author: Bruce Campbell
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video, Film & Video Art

                 

10. The Art of Luca


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

This vibrant volume is an exclusive look behind the scenes of Disney and Pixar's original feature film Luca . The Art of Luca explores the stunning visuals of the coming-of-age story, set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera. Readers get a front-row view at never-before-seen development art, character sketches, storyboards, color scripts, and interviews with the creators. • Behind the scenes of the making of Disney and Pixar's Luca • Features colorful concept art and character explorations from the movie • Includes fascinating facts and details from the creative team In the animated film, Luca and his newfound best friend are sharing an unforgettable summer and a deeply-held secret: they are sea monsters from a world just below the water's surface. For aspiring artists, animators, and fans alike, The Art of Luca is part of the acclaimed ART OF series, inviting audiences behind the scenes of their favorite animated films. This book is perfect for: • Pixar fans and art buffs • Animators and students of animation • Fans of The Art of Pixar, The Art of Soul, The Art of Onward and The Art of Coco © 2021 Disney/Pixar. All rights reserved.

  • Author: Daniela Strijleva
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (June 8, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1797207254
  • Dimensions: 9.55 x 1.2 x 11.5 inches