Learn to use small lights creatively,
This review is from: Secrets of Lighting on Location: Photographer's Guide to Professional Lighting Techniques (Paperback)
This book is full of great tips on how to convert the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Although written a few years ago, all of the principles still apply today. The author covers all three flash modes - full manual, auto thyristor and TTL metering. (Ironically, because of the widespread use of digital and its instant feedback, full manual flash is now as popular if not more popular then ever before).
Lighting diagrams are provided for most shots along with both a brief summary and a more in-depth discussion - perfect for dipping into if you don't fancy reading the book cover to cover.
In most cases, only the finished result is shown but in a couple of instances, "before" and "after" pictures are included to emphasize the transformation the author's lighting has made. This is extremely useful as it removes a common excuse for lackluster results - "how come I never come across scenes like that". The answer, of course, is that neither does anyone, but that the successful photographer CREATES the scene. Of particular interest is Bob Krist's use of modifiers and gels to create eye-catching effects (e.g. turning a boring sickly green lab into a multi-colored high-tech wonderland).
All the equipment used throughout the book is portable and the author discusses the lighting gear he uses and why he chose the various pieces of equipment.
Overall, this is a great read. I've read it cover to cover once and re-read various chapters multiple times. It is an easy read, full of useful yet very accessible information.