A couple of weekends ago, I had the chance to get into a studio to try my hand at using studio lighting for the first time and... it was awesome. The amount of control that lighting, in a studio space, offers to the photographer is incredible and it needs to be experienced to be believed. But it also means that you need to take your time in setting things up and refining that setup as you go on, because every little alteration has some sort of impact on the final product.
A London-based group of photographers holds these events every so often and they also invite models along so there's a subject to shoot. The whole thing includes full tutelage on how to use the equipment (3 Bowens 750 heads, triggers and a bunch of modifiers) and then time to muck about and practice, before doing more structured shoots and setups.
The only alterations that the above images had was to contrast and some minor histogram alterations in Lightroom - nothing else. It's settled in my mind the decision to join a local camera club I know, just so that I can use their studio space in the future - learning more about studio lighting and how to use it is a big priority for me now!