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I have done very similar product shots before. You can start with 4 lights. 2 in front with big softboxes to light the subject and 2 with big diffusers to light the background. Adjust the distance and power of each of your light to taste. There is no one right way to do it.
There is nothing wrong with that picture. :-) Gives back the feeling and the artistic intention. Anyway, potential improvements can be achieved by using a camera with high dynamic range sensor and using a strong dynamics compression curve (any new cameras know this, just do some test shots...) and/or zoom on the face, use center-weighted exposure ...
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