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To get a good understanding of what you are aiming to do; Read up on the "chiaroscuro effect” and how it effects the image. And then read up on Low key lighting and Split lighting. The softbox from the side needs to be above eye level, at a 90degree angle to the subject with a grid so that light stays focused and does not spill. First you need to expose ...
Yes, the Einstein E640 is a studio strobe or studio flash. They are really the same thing. Here is a link to the User Manual: Einstein E640 Flash Unit User manual
You can control the power of the flash by moving it closer to, or further away from, the subject.
The lens doesn't matter. Either will be just fine, assuming you have enough room for the right framing with the 50mm (and if you don't, you probably want to rethink anyway). For a situation like this, you want to stop down to f/5.6 or f/8 or so. You'll get plenty of depth of field and either lens will be beyond any problems (and this isn't a situation which ...
It is not the foreground that is dark, it is the background that is brighter than the subject. You must simply take a photo with light illuminating the background much more than the subject. There are two ways: Point a light at the background, placing it behind your subject. Place a light behind a translucent background.
You have four options: 1) cover the windows with warming gels to match the tungsten lighting 2) cover the windows completely 3) shoot early or late in the day as the sun is rising or setting (golden hour) 4) replace the tungsten lighting with daylight balance bulbs
I think you can do better. Adorama has a 300 w/s Flashpoint kit with two lights, stands, and umbrellas for less than $250. You could get two of these plus a set of wireless triggers for less than the cost of the Metz kit, and you would have a four light setup that would allow you a great deal more freedom. Search for SKU FPLFBF300K2 to see what I'm talking ...
The Metz is a starter studio set, but it might suit your needs very well. Other options in a similar price range are Elinchrom D-Lite, Impact (B&H Branded strobes), Dynalight (re-branded versions of RimeLight from Korea) and a host of others you can find at B&H and Adorama. Check their used equipment too. Sometimes you can score a great deal on a ...
In this case It seems almost certain that they "cheated". Which they are allowed to do :-). Take the original image and push the gamma up high enough and you get what you see below. This very hard transition is usually an indication of editing of some sort. I find this a useful check for many "how did they do xxx" questions where you get transitions which ...
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