Laura Sands

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Storytelling skills: how to build your story repertoire

The process of becoming an effective storyteller in business is … well … a process. It doesn’t often happen by chance. The first step is learning how …

10 Best Photos of 2016

BY TIME’S PHOTO DEPARTMENT<p>2016 has been a year like no other. From the U.S. campaign trail to the refugee crisis and the Olympics, the news has kept …

See Historical Photographs From Canada's Stunning National Parks

Lake Louise, a glacial lake in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. Circa 1930.<br>Fox Photos—Getty Images<p>1 of 11<p>The U.S. may be home to the oldest …

Smile! The Polaroid-Style Instant Camera Is Back

Instant cameras and printers from Fujifilm and Polaroid are making a comeback; these are the best ones you can buy<p>My 27-year-old sister packed the essentials for her bachelorette weekend earlier this year: A “Bride to Be” sash, a bottle of tequila and…10 boxes of camera film.<p>Yes, my little sister, …

Instant Cameras

A Photographer Collected Four Years Worth Of Trash To Show Just How Wasteful Humans Can Be

"We're often told about the quantity of waste we produce, but I think the impact of pictures can be much powerful than words," Antoine Repessé explains.<p>In 2011, self-taught photographer Antoine Repessé stopped throwing things away. Along with 200 friends and colleagues, he accumulated around 70 …

Why No One Wants to Hear Your Story (and How to Fix That)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Who do you think you are?<p>I'm not being confrontational (for a refreshing change), nor am I waxing rhetorical. It's an honest question, one that almost every business that failed should have asked every day.<p>We're in a renaissance of …

10 Beautiful National Parks In China

Photographer Captures The Breathtaking Beauty Of Mexico’s Indigenous Communities

Diego Huerta's goal is to document all of the indigenous groups in the country.<p>"Oaxaca was something that had to happen, it was something that I didn’t look for. It simply occurred."<p>That's how photographer Diego Huerta describes his work in the southern Mexican state, where he has diligently …

Mexico

The Story Behind The Viral Photo Of Air Force One Gliding Over Havana

The Cuban photojournalist who shot the image captured the juxtaposition of two worlds.<p>The photograph of Air Force One gliding over Cuba’s capital, the blue paint of its body matching the blue vintage cars on the decaying Havana street, has gone viral, becoming an icon for President Barack Obama’s …

Cuba

10 of the best places to photograph wildlife in the UK

You don’t need to go on an African safari to take great wildlife photographs. Photographer Andrew Marshall, whose new photo-location guidebook gives advice on how to capture UK wildlife, selects 10 picture perfect spots<p>For more than 60 years Sir David Attenborough has travelled the world witnessing …

Scotland

The Anatomy of a Perfect Instagram Profile

Learn how to customize your Instagram profile so it looks good, tells your followers who you are, and gives them a reason to follow and engage with …

Marketing

Photographer Captures Nature Reclaiming Australia's Abandoned Buildings

Brett Patman's photographs of power plants, hospitals, and slaughterhouses prove that nature always finds a way.<p>Mold creeps down from the ceiling of the decaying control room of the White Bay Power Station in New South Wales, yet a bright white light streams through the window. The scene is bleak …

When mistakes make the art

Julia Margaret Cameron’s photographs were smudged, smeared, out of focus – and triumphs of artistic expression 150 years ahead of their time.<p>Just six months after she was given her very first camera, Julia Margaret Cameron applied to join the Photographic Society of London (now the Royal …

Landscape Photography

The Most Astonishing Photos That Won Awards In 2015

It's been another year of awe-inspiring and goosebump-inducing photography. Take a look at the best of the best.<p><i>National Geographic Traveler</i> Photo Contest 2015<p>The travel arm of the National Geographic Society received more than 17,000 entries, with one image making it to the top spot: a spectacular …

Nature Photography

Shooting a Fashion Editorial on the Streets of Havana, Cuba

Photographer Clay Cook recently traveled to Havana, Cuba, and worked directly with the Cuban government to bring a fashion editorial to an American …

Download Over 100 Free, Legal Screenplays!

Scripts. Everyone loves them, and today, we're giving you 100s of them, all free, and all legal.<p>Time was, it was difficult for anyone outside of …

The Single-Shot Film 'Victoria' Reflects Our Technological Zeitgeist

<i>Victoria</i> is a genre movie told in real time in a single steady, unbroken scene. It's taut, at times sweet, often stressful, and surprisingly intimate. It's also a total stunt.<p>Single-shot filmmaking isn't a radically new idea, but ask the average culture junkie, and you'd sure be lead to …

7 Things Filmmakers Can Learn From Rocky

The story of Rocky – the movie franchise, not the character – is a great source of inspiration and wisdom for anyone interested in making films.<p><i>Top</i> …

Amazon launches a free cloud-based screenwriting app

Amazon has unveiled Storywriter, a free cloud-based tool for writing movie and TV screenplays in standard format that’s suitable for users of all skill levels.<p>Storywriter includes a number of useful features such as automatically formatting your text while you type, auto-saving and …

These Are the Most Spectacular Nature Photos of the Year

The winners of Royal Society Publishing’s inaugural photography competition have been announced, and they’re extraordinary.<p>These inspiring nature …

Nature

These Stunning Ocean Photos Seek to Save Our Seas

Newly unveiled photography non-profit Sea Legacy aims to save 20% of oceans by 2020.<p>Today it is a disheartening truism that we are destroying the natural environment. Our planet is hurting, especially our marine environments, where pollution and loss of species is unignorably pronounced. Addressing …

7 Apps Every Writer Should Own

Like most writers I know, I have a fondness for paper and ink. Despite this, most of my work is done on a computer or tablet. Specifically on Apple …

Apps

The Train-Hopping, Nazi-Fighting Literary Hero You’ve Never Heard Of

He wrote books of poetry, won a chestful of medals, helped inspire Pulp Fiction—and loved a good bathroom joke. Meet First Sergeant Charles Willeford.<p>…

Teaching the Power of Visual Storytelling - An interview with Reza | LensCulture

Sitting in the foyer of Webistan, you are surrounded by history. Meter-long <i>National Geographic</i> covers hang next to old exhibition catalogues and vibrant posters document events long since past.<p>The occasion for much of this history is one man—Reza. An award-winning photographer, a globally …

Gender

10 Places You Have to See to Believe

Are you ready for your daily dose of wanderlust (and then some)? These wonders around the world—from Seussian flower fields to seas that shine like stars—simply must been seen to be believed.

New Zealand