I am more after getting experience in the lighting setups then the post processing side, but then again that wouldn't be a bad thing to know either!
I got the last deal on the bay for this book. The Charles Abel book that is. Now if I could only get it back from my friend and fellow carbon printer Tri I'd be happy! Great book not only for the images but all of the info that is included.
Hoffy. I picked up a book - "Leading Ladies" (I think) that has portraits from the silent era right up until the late 80s (was a while ago that I picked it up!)
Whilst it doesn't show the actual lighting setups, it's a great book to see how the photographers of the day lit their subjects - and all for a measly $5.00 from KMart.
They had a second to that - "Leading Men" - never had the chance to get it, but was identical in format from memory, except for the subjects.
Order the Abel book through inter-library loan. It has maybe a hundred portrait setups contributed from portrait photographers throughout the country living outside NYC and LA. The lighting is not as contrasty and dramatic as Hollywood Portraits, and soft lens are sometimes used as well. Flourescents are often used as fill light to protect the paying customers. It's geared for 8x10 and sometimes 4x5. The lighting diagrams refer to the actual product names, so lots of references to Mazdas and No. 2 photofloods.
I've been ordering these books for the past several years. The best book on the overall topic of portraiture is Fred Archer on Portraiture, Fred Archer, Camera Craft, 1954. It is the one book you need.
Kodak's Professional Portrait Techniques (O-4) has a short but useful chapter on lighting.
William Mortensen wrote Pictorial Lighting, Camera Craft, 1947. Mortensen's lighting is usually very basic and somewhat flat and does not have the look of the books above. Mortensen would advise you to make due with 2 12-inch photofloods-- lighting was not his primary interest. Mortensen is always a fun read. Much of his points about local contrast are valid, much of his other points may or may not apply when using modern films, and some of his controversies are rebutted or mildly redirected in the Archer book if you read it closely. Mortensen's primary book was Mortensen on the Negative, Simon and Shuster, 1940.
If you go trolling for further amateur-intended portrait books, there are others of lesser value that can fill up a shelf, that have some figures, including Modern Portraiture, Stanley R Jordan Camera Craft 1938, Portrait Lighting by Daylight and Artificial Light, American Photographic Publishing, 1935.