Learning to Light
Easy and affordable techniques for the photographer
by Roger Hicks and Frances Schultz
I find this book to be quite user friendly. It’s basically divided into 2 sections the first being techniques and equipment and the second sections devoted to projects focusing on still life, portraits and architecture. The second section is interesting as it shows the final image on 1 page and the setup next to it. The portraits section is relatively good. Head and shoulder, high-key and low-key, children and groups, they are all there (note that a lot of the lighting setup involves studio lighting). I should mention here that I bought this book based not on the portraits section but on the still life portion which is extremely interesting. It covers, amongst other things, glass and polished surfaces, which I find particularly challenging.
If you are an absolute beginner in studio lighting (which I was) then you will find this book insightful but if you are an advance photographer and have gone through the motions, then you may find this book a little basic.
The other thing is that it was first published in 1998 and is therefore catered to film cameras.