I have spent a lot of time reading on this site but I am still rather confused and need some guidance please.
I am wanting to eventually get into glamour photography, but I am confused with the lighting/flashes needed. For example, I see that many use lights to light up the model, background etc, but do these lights also act as a flash? In other words, when you are shooting the model, do you still use a flash or are you using the lights as the main light source without using the flash.
Second, how are people getting such numerically high aperture values (f11 for example) with a decent shutter speed and a low ISO? When I shoot, I find that I have to crank up the ISO way up and even then, I am usually down around f4 and 1/60 if I am lucky for a 50 mm f1.8 lens.
Finally, how are you obtaining the tremendous blacked-out backgrounds?
I am sorry if these are really stupid questions, but I am obviously missing something in the understanding of how these things are being done...
I appreciate any help you can offer!