It was a beautiful autumn afternoon this past Sunday, so I thought I'd go outdoors and take a few photos of some of my favorite creative books that I've read this year. Throw these bad boys on your book queue. You won't regret it.
Frugal note: This is all about being on a budget right? So let's get a little more cost effective with the "try before you buy" method. Order these books at your local library to see if you love them as much as I do. Why? Because there's no better price than FREE!
For the photographers who are looking to take their work to the next level, Adler challenges you to completely transform your portfolio in a year. This book lists out 52 weekly photography challenges for you to explore that really test you creatively. For example, take a photo focusing on one color (I like that challenge). Along with the challenges, she pulls back the curtain on her own work, showing you how she tackled the challenge, lighting setups, and techniques she used in post. There's a lot of good content packed in this book. For those of you who take the challenge, definitely let me know!
2. Color - Messages & Meanings: A PANTONE Color Resource - Leatrice Eiseman
That moment when you realize that choosing a color because it's "pretty" no longer cuts it. This book is a super convenient reference that breaks down colors and their symbolism both historically and contextually. Not to mention the design aesthetics in this book are on point (Check the back of the book for some sweet color palette inspiration!). I'd actually recommend just buying this one to have on your bookshelf for quick reference access.
(Note: The random purple swatches don't come with the book. But they're a great aid for creating monochromatic palettes. You can find them at a hardware store in the paint section. Guess how much they cost? Freeeeeeeeeeee.)
Really real with the realness. Super real. This book keeps it 100. I absolutely love this book. All the burning questions that you have concerning photography? Chances are they can be answered in this book. Zack Arias's no bullshit approach covers all kinds of questions from camera gear, pursuing photography full time, portfolio advice, expenses, even business cards!--Oh my god just read it. Seriously, one of my favorite books.
If you have an ounce of creativity anywhere in your body, you should go ahead and read this cute little book. It's a short read, but it's full of inspirational quotes that will get your wheels turning. In 10 insightful steps, this book fills you in on how to tap into your influences, and create your best work.
I read cool little books like this all the time, so I'm sure there will be another installment of my favorite creative books to share. What other creative books should I be adding to my book queue? Anything I miss? What are your favorites. As always, comment below and let me know!
--Mad Panda Out
P.S: Shout out to my dog Shinobi for hanging out with me while I took these photos. =)