Presented by Cornell McGhee
February 18
8:30AM – 3:30PM
Richmond, TX

This workshop is an educational workshop structured to illuminate photographers on the use of low-key lighting to flatter the subject or to convey an intended message. Low-key photography is a very high-contrast form of lighting meaning there is a definitive transition from the bright areas of light to the dark areas of shadow. In creating a low-key lighting image,
normally the primary light source is positioned directly to one side or behind the subject. There is no light directly in front of the subject as in classic or traditional photography.

What is Low Key? Quite simply put, low key is a description of an image, which contains a higher proportion of dark tones than light tones. Take this issue’s cover image. If you open the original image in Photoshop and look at the histogram of the luminance channel you see that the average RGB value RGB is just 46 points. Using the color range to select just the highlights confirms that these light tones occupy just 1% of the pixels. However, what an important 1% they are, containing the entire facial details, the hands, and defining the folds of the satin dress!

Low-key lighting is best suited for images that are artistic and atmospheric. Examples of these are black-and-white images, studio portraits, and artistic nudes. Given this structure, lighting equipment such as studio strobes is ideal.

This workshop will also cover:

  • How to measure lights to achieve the proper exposure.
  • How to set your camera exposure to achieve the desired result.
  • How to position lighting to achieve the desired result.
  • How to select the right modifiers.
  • How to pose the model/subject for a low-key environment.

Richmond, TX

Workshop Fee:
TPPA Member:  $89
Non-Member:  $99
Join & Go:  $199

Meet Cornell McGhee
Lieutenant Colonel (US Army, Retired) Cornell T. McGhee, Ed.D. serves as Director of Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Programs for the Houston Independent School District. As the Director of Houston ISD’s JROTC Programs, Dr. McGhee works with district and campus administrators, as well as civic and community leaders to conduct student-centered events and activities for the 4,500 students enrolled in the district’s 24 high schools.

Lieutenant Colonel McGhee served in the US Army for twenty-three years. He worked at assignments in Texas, Germany, Kentucky, Virginia, and Washington D.C. Throughout his military career, he earned numerous awards and decorations.

Dr. McGhee graduated from Killeen High School in Killeen, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Texas, in Austin, Texas. In 1992, he earned a Master of Science Degree in Management from the Florida Institute of Technology. In 1993, He earned a Master of Military Arts and Science Degree in Operational Planning from the U#S# Army Command and General Staff College. In 2011, He earned a Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Cornell is an Eagle Scout, certified professional photographer, drone pilot, musician, and outdoors enthusiast. In his spare time, he attends local religious studies and services, and professional sports events, and relaxes with family and friends. Cornell is married to Karen (Arbuckle); they have two adult sons, Brandon (Kate) and Christopher.