So what follows are a short collection of books that I have found nifty recently that, if not perfect gift selections for some guy you know, may at least provide potential book ideas for that mumbly, mopey dude over there hoping no one asks him what he's into.
A Visual Guide to the Skills You’ve Always Wanted
By Nigel Holmes
Lonely Planet 2014
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By Henry Carrol
Laurence King Publishing 2014
For the budding photo student looking for quick inspiration, or as an accompaniment to a new camera this holiday season, this breezy read walks the reader through the fundamentals of photography with simple explanations and tons of examples from famous photographers. Broken down into fivesections – Composition, Exposure, Light, Lenses, and Seeing – each covers various concepts for great photos on the left side with an example on the right side of each spread. These can easily be viewed as challenges or assignments or just nice pictures to admire. It only makes sense to teach a visual medium through visuals, and this book does a great job of it.
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By Karen Wilkinson & Mike Petrich
Weldon Owen 2013
Born out of the SF Exploratorium and maker culture, this introduction to Makers at the intersection of art, science and technology offers up page after page of ideas for, well, tinkering. Utilizing common household items along with some basic tools and purchased electronics, The Art of Tinkering is a perfect introduction for the younger teen maker; older teens will be equally inspired by some of the more complicated examples of the projects shown. A solid foundation in the art of exploring what you can do with a little bit of messing around, and another in the long list of books I wish I’d had as a teen.
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DC Comics 2014
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I'd be curious to hear of any other off-the-beaten-path suggestions for guys this holiday season. Not for me, you know, but this friend of mine. Yeah, a friend of mine...