Don’t spend money on books: Lighting Technique Forum: Digital Photography Review pbarclay wrote:

so here i am another chump wanting to get a grip on basic lighting set up for portrait photography-can someone reccomend a book that covers the basics?as far as lighting placement and such-thanx paulb

That’s what the internet is for.

There are dozens of other sites available, but these should keep you busy for a while. Lots of good information. Good Luck, Dennis