Not always, my friend. Don’t constrict the definition of a portrait! It’s often the photographer-artist’s prerogative to keep the entire composition in sharp focus.

For instance, look at the work of some of the proponents of what the late Arnold Newman was most famous for: “environmental portraiture.” Many great portrait artists continue to use this aesthetic to compose portraits.

By the way, there are other ways to achieve the “bokeh” effect without using a wide-open aperture. Wide open, a lens is probably not performing at its optimal resolution.

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