There is a bit of an obsession with shooting portraits at extremely wide apertures nowadays, and certainly, that is a popular look for a reason. Nonetheless, always shooting at f/1.4 to blow the background to smithereens can become a bit of a crutch and end up making your work a bit one-dimensional. This awesome video will show you portraits shot at everything from f/1.4 to f/16 to show you the strengths and drawbacks of each aperture.
Coming to you from Julia Trotti, this excellent video will show you portraits shot at a variety of apertures between f/1.4 and f/16. No doubt, wide-aperture portraits can be a lot of fun to shoot and can yield excellent results in a variety of situations, but using narrower apertures can help you create more complex images that tell deeper stories. In addition to often giving you better sharpness than the wider apertures and keeping more of your subject in focus, a narrow aperture can allow you to create deeper, more compelling and three-dimensional compositions and tell better stories by including context around your subject, whether that is their job, a hobby, or something else. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Trotti.