This Quick Tip comes from our pals Rick Sammon and NYC-based photographer Vered Koshlano.

These photographs illustrate two important studio set-up techniques.

The photograph on the left features contrasting colors between the subject and the background, creating a bold effect. The photograph on the right illustrates the tone-on-tone effect, where similar colors are used to create a soft and pleasing (and pastel in this case) effect.

As a studio photographer, you need to be prepared to create these different types of photographs. Having different background and different gels (to change the color of the background) helps – big time!