Photographic sharpness: an obsession

I somehow came across an article by Connor McClure where he talked about how far too many people blindly use VSCO filters to process their photographs and call it a day. What he said about VSCO is true (and is something I strongly believe in myself) — they are a convenience, and not much more than trends; and trends pass on. McClure says it best: “They are trendsetters, and I don’t believe in latching too tightly on to trends.”

In addition to filters in general (not to target VSCO, whose filters I use rarely, but do use nonetheless) there is another misdirection I feel we ought to address in today’s photography scene: mindless obsession over sharpness. Continue reading

Five things that will make your short story riveting

On a website, you have about ten seconds (maximum) to make an impression on your visitor that will decide whether they stay or not. In a short story, as far as my experience is concerned, it is just the first sentence.

Simple as they may seem, short stories are as complicated and as challenging to write as a novel, mainly because they tell us the same story in a smaller area, with fewer words and without leaving out details.

This really means that not everybody can write short stories that will hold its readers for long.

Below I present five tips that I, having written many short stories all of which have got great reviews and readership, believe any short story writer needs to keep in mind while building that brilliant piece. Continue reading