“Lighting For Glamour Photography” by David Kimber, is one of the better books on Glamour Photography I’ve ever seen. The approach is practical and hands-on, and doesn’t read like the goal is to make you admire the author.
Unlike a lot of books, this one doesn’t start with the assumption that you’ve only just opened the box containing your first-ever camera and don’t know a shutter speed from a lens cap. There is a small section about equipment, but even then the emphasis is on how equipment choices may (or should) be influenced by the needs glamour photography.
My favorite parts of the book are the chapters on lighting techniques that inspire the book’s title. They are clear and easy to understand and cover a wide variety of situations involving both natural and artificial light. There are numerous example photographs, most with diagrams that show the relative positions of the camera, subject, and light sources.
Despite the title, the book covers the gamut of issues involved in Glamour Photography. There is a good section on filters and an excellent chapter that covers glamour locations and themes. There’s also a section on the business side of things that manages to be much more relevant and interesting than usual.
This book was published in 1994, just a few years before digital photography started to hit the big time, but the techniques for the most part are timeless.