How do you learn lighting set ups? I always did street. I just was loaned 4 heads, a tn of reflectors and stands, a big minolta beauty dish.
How do I figure out shots like this? I feel really intimidated.
Look at the eyes. Small, single catchlight tells you this was probably a one-light setup. The density of the shadow edges (they're crisp) tells you the light was either very close or very small (maybe a speedlight.) Color of the light says it was gelled. Angle of the shadow on her face/chin/nose tells you it was above her head and pointed down roughly 45 degrees, camera left. Backlight looks like a tight angle reflector with a grid. Maybe a snoot, though i'd try a reflector first and narrow with tighter grids before going to a snoot.
Just keep looking at lighting setups. Do lots of setups and take selfies. keep trying to reverse engineer other people's lighting setups.
Some charitable soul put this together:
Dozens of different setups with example photos and equipment diagrams. All pretty by-the-numbers stuff, but definitely a good place to start...
This. Strobist's Lighting 101 is probably the most accessible starter's guide to lighting. At least it's the easiest to follow that I've seen.
The first post in the series is at http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101.html