The shadows on this image look like they are being reflected from some sort of blinds/windows. the fact that the photo is black and white it makes the shadows and light on the persons body stand out a lot more with a really good coordination of stripes.
Starburst effects can add an interesting element to a photograph. In a dark scene, it can add a dreamy, peaceful twinkle to the lights. In a daytime scene, a starburst sun can add drama and interest (Diy Photo Lighting)
This infographic/cheat sheet from Zippi might be helpful for those looking to get out of auto mode and gaining more control over their cameras. While section 1 is much more for those shooting with film the rest is relevant for digital photography.
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