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.

http://groups.msn.com/Asktheoleproaboutphotography/joezeltsman.msnw

http://www.lightingmagic.com/bkgndqa.htm

http://www.palmettobayinc.com/PhotoTutorials/portlightbasic.html

http://sell-it-on-the-net.com/photoguide/portraitusage.htm

http://www.geocities.com/glowluzid/portrait/portrait.html

http://www.paguk.com/artoflighting2.htm

http://www.photo.net/portraits/intro

http://www.lottsphoto.com/PortraitLightingTechnique.htm

http://photographytips.com/page.cfm/368

http://www.vividlight.com/articles/1615.htm

http://www.photo.net/studio/primer

http://www.stnphotography.com/tips.html

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