Aperture (the “f-number”) controls several things in a photo. One is light (the lower the “f-number”, the more light), and the other is depth of field (“DOF”). Low f-numbers mean shallow DOF.
But DOF is also determined by proximity (the closer you are, the shallower); and lens focal length (the longer the lens, the shallower).
So this is f/1.4:
I was walking to my class last week at Sheridan College Oakville.
f/1.4 and sharp? Huh??
Well… read above. I am not close. I am using a 35mm lens. I am printing a small image, not a large image where every detail is visible. So while I have a low f-number, I am doing everything else to get enough DOF.
So yes, you can get enough DOF even at a large aperture (low f-number). Which I wanted to avoid high ISOs. This was 1600 ISO at 1/60 sec. Handheld.