Gotta Love f/2.8

When shooting glamour on location, I find that an aperture of f/2.8 is often the optimal setting for just enough depth of field to render the important aspects of the model in focus, while throwing the distracting background out of focus. He is one such shot of Tiffany Felisha, photographed in Bisbee, Arizona, with my friend Benjamin James:

f/2.8 keeps Tiffany's face in focus while throwing the background nicely out of focus.

f/2.8 keeps Tiffany's face in focus while throwing the background nicely out of focus.

On the other hand, if the model is posing against a solid object (such as a wall or building) then the object behind her becomes part of the scene. The optimum aperture for situations such as there is the "sweet spot" which is where the lens is sharpest: a middle aperture. The exact f/ stop varies from lens to lens, but generally it falls in the f/5.6-f/8 range. The image of Tiffany below was taken at f6.3:

Middle aperture is best when the model is directly in front of a solid object.

Middle aperture is best when the model is directly in front of a solid object.