Tip of the day: separate your subject from the background.
Like in a portrait like this, of my friend and student, talented photographer Adnan, (using one off-camera speedlight). I suppose it is “OK”, but no more than that.
…but there is no separation between the subject’s head and the background.
Better, use either a hairlight or simply a better background:
We still have the dramatic look, but now we see where Adnan ends and the background starts. And now I could make it black and white:
Simple portrait rules like this make all the difference!