The wonderful thing about creativity is that there are no real right or wrong answers. There are plenty of artists that regularly break the rules in order to produce something compelling or beautiful. Nonetheless, there are still certain practices that can be widely disliked and preferably avoided.
In our latest video, I discuss three mistakes that I think should be avoided by beginner photographers. Of course, there are no real rules when it comes to producing art; however, I think that there are better methods instead of the mistakes outlined in the video. For one, shooting at really small apertures on a full frame or smaller format camera is probably not a good idea. Generally speaking, shooting with really small apertures produce images that are soft. That softness in the image pretty much defeats the whole point behind wanting to stop down the lens in the first place.
Also, the other thing to consider is the fact that when you do stop down your lens to the smallest apertures, chances are you still won't be able to get everything in proper focus. The increase in depth of field merely puts a larger portion of the image into the area of acceptable focus. Acceptable focus is different from actual focus.
Check out the full video above, because I also offer and demonstrate alternatives that could help you improve as a photographer.