For Pete’s Sake: It’s OK to Stop Down Every Now and Then

Derrick Story
2 min readJul 23, 2020

If you shoot only with a smartphone, you’ll probably want to jump to the next story. This one is for camera nerds — people who like f/stops.

Still here? OK, I have a question: How often do you set the aperture to anything beyond wide open? Now be honest. This isn’t a political poll; you can tell the truth.

I have noticed among those who take pictures with prime optics attached to interchangeable lens cameras that we (yes, I’m including myself) get stuck on creating shallow depth of field for everything.