We spend a lot of time discussing things like lighting, posing, editing, and the like, but one that perhaps does not get the amount of discussion it needs is the choice of backdrop. This fantastic video discusses a wide range of different backdrops and the pros and cons of each for different photographic applications.
Coming to you from Karl Taylor, this excellent video discusses a wide variety of photography backdrops and what makes them great for different applications. There is a surprising variety of backdrop types, and they can have a huge impact on the overall look of your images. As Taylor discusses, the backdrop is what complements your subject and acts to define them. For example, a white backdrop can be a great way to create clean, crisp images, but on the other hand, it can make for an uninteresting look in the wrong context. Similarly, a colorful, textured backdrop can be a great way to complement your subject, and in other situations, it can distract unnecessarily. For any photographer working in a studio, it is something to consider carefully (and many studio photographers have multiple backdrops). Check out the video above for the full rundown from Taylor.