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| Re: Looking for some "Lite" reading |
The Speedliter's Handbook is number one on my recommendation list for those wanting to learn the nuts and bolts of how Speedlites work.
Number one on my recommendation list for those wanting to learn how to make beautiful images using Speedlites is On-camera Flash -- Techniques for Digital Wedding and Portrait Photography by Neil van Niekerk.
Those two will be a very good start for you.
In addition, Neil's Web site -- http://www.planetneil.com/ -- has good articles, and David Hobby's site -- http://strobist.blogspot.com/ -- has lots of info.
Once you have learned all that the two books above contain, you may want to explore light itself in ore detail. A good textbook on that subject is Light -- Science & Magic. Want to learn how to shoot clear bottles against either black or white backgrounds? It's in there. Want to shoot reflective metallic objects without the whole room reflecting in them? It's in there. Want to get soft shadows and high contrast at the same time? It's in there. Highly recommended, but not light reading.