Serious photographers know that the science of taking an image is all about light, and quality equipment. Fortunately, photography has become a bit more affordable in our digital age, and you can buy great lighting gear and camera equipment from a variety of sources. Ebay and Amazon are two of my favorite sources for picking up lenses, camera gear, and a variety of lighting setups.
It also helps to have beautiful models to work with as well!
Here are some dramatic portrait images using studio lighting techniques. Enjoy!