High-Key / Low-Key March 2019 Theme

High key lighting possess a lot of whites and light tones – a whole range of them. These images have very minimal mid-tones and blacks. If you use high key lighting in your photos, the mid-tones or mid-range tones become white. The whites, meanwhile, become whiter. High key photography is not devoid of blacks, it just has very minimal amounts of the said tone.

High key

Low key lighting produces images that are the opposite of high key photos. The low key technique uses a lot of darker tones, shadows, and blacks. Photos taken in low key lighting have very minimal amounts of mid-tones and whites.

Low Key

High key lighting is used to produce images that encourage an optimistic, upbeat reaction. The photos come out youthful and simple but sophisticated.

High key

Low Key lighting can create a mysterious and dramatic mood. They can display a varying range of deep negative emotions.

Low key

A high-key image mostly consists of highlights and midtones, is generally bright and even, and delicately toned, often with pastel and/or white shades.

High key

A low-key image mostly consists of predominantly dark or monotone colors.

Low key

High Key Lighting:

  • Bright and high lights dominated by ranges of whites
  • Very minimal blacks and mid-tones
  • Optimistic, upbeat, youthful, light, and airy
  • Mostly used in portrait, wedding, newborn and fashion photography
High key

Low Key Lighting:

  • Uses a lot of deep blacks, darker tones, and shadows
  • Very minimal amount of whites and mid-tones
  • Reduces lighting to produce images with striking contrasts
  • Produces dramatic and mysterious photos
  • Features a lot of shadows
Low key

use high and low key effects to create mood

Low key
High key

The Arundel Camera Club exists to promote the art, science, and education in all aspects and fields of photography. We meet at 7:00pm every Wednesday evening at the Severna Park High School when school is in session, weather permitting. If the school is closed due to weather, meetings will be cancelled. You can check the Anne Arundel County Public School website for weather related closures.

Meetings alternate with programs of informative speakers (educational, technical, how-to, tutorials, etc.) and photographic competitions. Meetings are open to the public, but only dues paying members may enter competitions. The club also has monthly photographic field trips to locations of interest.


  • Individual . . . . . . . . .$35.00
  • Family . . . . . . . . . . . .$15.00 each additional family member.
  • Students… . . . . . . . . .$17.50 full time students will be 1/2 price.


We meet in room 156 at the new Severna Park High School, Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Note that the doors are locked at the school for security. We will man the door from 6:30PM until the meeting starts at 7:00PM.

Contact Officers@arundelcameraclub.org

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Mike Thomas

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