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| p.1 #5 · Any good books to learn studio lighting and flash photography? |
It depends on what you mean by "studio lighting" -- are you mostly interested in portraiture, fashion, product photography, or something else?
A great starting point, and what I and many others consider to be the bible of lighting, is Light -- Science and Magic.
Once you've mastered the concepts of LS&M you'll understand how light behaves, and how to get it to behave the way you want it to. You'll then be better prepared for more-specific training related to your specialty.
If you do want to do portraits, I suggest Monte Zucker's Portrait Photography Handbook as a primer on the basics of classic posing and lighting.
With a firm grasp of the traditional lighting schemes you'll be able to modify them to fit your personal style and vision, but won't have wasted time and resources reinventing the wheel.
I have a couple of books each by Syl Arena and Neil van Niekerk, and while I think they're valuable resources, I wouldn't consider them to be devoted to studio photography as much as to location photography. I'd still recommend them, but not until you've read the first two I named.
Good luck, and have fun!