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Are professional photographers becoming so consumed with outside shots and natural light that they are forgetting what a powerful tool backdrops and studio lighting can be?
Of course, there is a lot to be said for natural light and natural settings-especially with today's digital cameras and their high ISO capabilities. They allow for far higher creative latitude than the older cameras ever did. With the new capabilities, we can shoot acceptable images in near-darkness. This in itself is a wonderful tool. It increases greatly the outside window of time where great shots can be made as well as allowing the addition of artificial lighting to compose wonderful dramatic portraits that have been nearly impossible to achieve in the not so distant past.
My main point:Is that while these capabilities are great, we mustn't lose sight of the main advantages of backdrops and studio lighting. First and foremost is Control. There are many elements we can control with a studio backdrop. Fir…

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