Originally Posted by beldecca
Am I the only one who was taught "f/8 and forget it"?
it's just a saying for old photojournalists meaning that content and composition will always triumph over technical details. it was also coined before the days of in-camera metering. actually, most photographer organizations
today will not accredit you as a professional if you often do that.
you bought a dslr to be creative and have more control over aperture and shutter and not because you want to run around with your aperture set to f/8 to try to get the "sharpest" looking pictures. you can already do that with all point-and shoots because their depth of field are so large it will make any picture look sharper than even a dslr.
quantitatively, f/8 can make you run you into other problems with sharpness as your shutter speed will be too low and iso too high for most situations.
don't be afraid on using the largest aperture. if you're not going to print larger than 8" x 10", or post a picture online larger than 1500px on its largest side, sharpness will not matter for much.