Woman reading a newspaper

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This photograph of a woman reading a newspaper is all about usage of available light. As you can see from the photo she is in the shadow with the background much brighter then her face. In posed / controlled photography a photographer would use a fill-in flash or at least a silver reflector to shed some light on her face. In street photography that is unrealistic. So, where did the light come from. Well, in this case there were two sources: the face itself gets a reflection of a white paper she is reading. I have used that to my advantage in many photographs. The second, slightly less effective in this case is the reflection of the pavers. As you can see in the background the light is very bright and the light grey pavers reflect almost white light. Naturally such light only works in limited direction and you need the subject facing the right way.