My question is: if you have some of the "professional" lenses, 2.8 zooms, 1.4 primes, when do you shoot with a smaller aperture for more dof? when are the eyes not the (sole) focus of a portrait? and how do you know when shooting that a smaller aperture would improve the end result? (other than the times perhaps when your exposure requires 1/8000 with f/4(unlikely) or perhaps when you can't get 2 eyes in focus with a front facing subject)
Perspective: i love shooting wide open with the 58mm 1.4, the OOF rendering is phenomenal. however, i was wondering how i can better improve my shots because, people who don't shoot wide open get better results than me, and there are plenty of people shooting with much slower lenses that take great portraits.
I dont know if this is the right place for this type of topic, but I like taking portraits, so I'm trying to learn a bit more about how to deal with different situations to obtain varied and interesting results, and any perspectives or advice would be helpful.