I was talking to a friend today and we was telling me that Westcott offers affordable “educational kits” as part of their Photo Basics collection. Specifically, he was saying that the Photo Basics 401 uLite Digital Lighting Kit which includes the background, lights and more was only $200 bucks! It’s available on sale at B&H, Adorama, and Amazon. Amazon also has a nice video of this kit. If you want to make masking people in Photoshop easier to use them on different backgrounds , then this is a good cost effective start for the beginner.