Finding spots of lights in what might be a dark photograph helps to highlight the scene. You might find a spot of light coming through a shade tree…..or around the corner of a building which is mostly shaded. I have found spots of light more by accident that planning them out. But it takes time to walk around the area to find that special beam of light coming through.
In this street scene in Key West, FL., the artist was busy trying to sell his paintings to some potential customers. They are highlighted by a spot of sunlight coming through a couple of trees. The dark brick of the wall and the art on the street lead your eyes to the artist and his customers.They are almost incidental in the overall scene but the sun outlining the figures adds emphasis. Just beyond the people, you can see the darkness of the shade on the sidewalk again which also puts emphasis on the people. Photo taken 2010.