We’ve all been there…
You’re out shooting a beautiful landscape or taking photos of your kid’s soccer game when a friendly fellow photographer sidles up and starts offering you advice.
In many situations, the advice given can be quite helpful. Besides, I enjoy talking shop with other photographers.
But sometimes, the photographer giving the advice has no earthly idea what they’re talking about. Their bad photography advice should be ignored!
Here’s just a few dumb photography tips people have given me over the years.
Bad Photography Advice: Shoot Wide Open
“Shoot wide open,” they said. “It’ll make the depth of field smaller, and you’ll get a professional looking shot.”
While making the aperture of your lens as big as possible will help reduce the depth of field and facilitate background (or foreground blur), there’s a couple of problems with this piece of advice.
First, aperture isn’t the only factor that influences the depth of field, so slamming the aperture to its largest value and hoping it will produce beautiful bokeh isn’t the right approach for minimizing depth of field.
Second, no lens – not even super expensive professional lenses – is its sharpest at its maximum aperture.
Instead, lenses have a sweet spot that gets you the sharpest possible details. Though the sweet spot varies from one lens to the next, it’s typically in the f/8 to f/11 range.
That being said, if the maximum aperture of your lens is f/1.8, and you step it down to f/2, you’ll notice improved sharpness, just from that one-stop difference.
So, ignore the bad photography tip to shoot wide open, and instead rein it in a stop or two to get improved sharpness.
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