When we are first learning how to work with artificial light, we generally focus on getting things right with the subject, but the mark of a professional is controlling light across the entire frame, including the background. This helpful video tutorial will show you three different ways to light your studio backgrounds to produce better images.
Coming to you from John Gress, this great video tutorial will show you three different ways to light a studio background. One thing to remember when you are first starting is that you do not necessarily need multiple lights to light both your subject and your background. You can absolutely light both your subject and background with a single light; you just need to be aware of both your subject-to-source and background-to-source distances since you cannot control the intensities independently. Of course, however, you can get more control and a lot more creativity by adding multiple lights to the equation. As you are first starting, don't just pay attention to the background light. Be sure to check if your other lights and spilling onto the backdrop and take that into account if so. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Gress.