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Pack Light, Shoot Well! Travel and Blogging Camera Strategies

Elaine Masters, author/freelance writer and IFWTWA member shares her valuable knowledge and insights during the #IFWTWA2019 Conference Workshop: Making and Editing Videos: Demystifying Video Storytelling - Shortcuts for Travel Writers. 

Elaine Masters taking pictures with gimble and cell phone in Petra, Jordan

As we all know, the weight of our luggage and travel gear has become a big issue when packing. With baggage fees tacked on, it can be quite expensive.  Elaine Masters is an avid photographer, videographer and travel writer.  She has created a step-by-step guide on her best practices when packing for a trip. What to bring, what is essential and what can just be left at home. We all want to bring the gear, the lenses, lights and memory cards. But what are the “must haves”.  Also, what to carry on vs. pack in the suitcase?  There is a wealth of information and tips on just how to navigate this process. Thanks Elaine for sharing your tips today at our professional development conference. For those who could not attend the 2019 Conference, here are some of Elaine's tips and strategies.

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Hello Santa Fe! We can’t wait to stay at La Fonda on the Plaza!

The International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) is thrilled to be visiting New Mexico this November 11-13, 2019. Conference attendees will be staying at the “casually elegant” historic La Fonda on the Plaza during the #ifwtwa2019 Conference. 

On a recent episode of Big Blend Radio, Ed Pulsifer, Director of Sales & Marketing shared the fascinating history of La Fonda on the Plaza. Ed is a great storyteller. Grab a glass of wine, sit back and enjoy this interview as he describes how Fred Harvey and architect Mary Colter both played a role in designing and boosting cultural tourism for the hotel, Santa Fe, and the Old West.

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The World of Travel Writing

It’s human nature to want to feel a part of something. That’s one of the main reasons people join clubs and organizations. When I made the transition from full-time nursing to full-time freelance travel writing, I realized that as exciting as my new life was, I wasn’t part of a team like I had been at the hospital. Much of the work I was producing was now being done in my home office, practically in solitude.

Message in a bottle washed up on the ocean shore

So, I began to venture out. I joined my regional Travel Massive group. Next, I became a member of IFWTWA. Before I knew it, I was reaping the benefits of these formed relationships and my affiliations with other groups as well. Let’s look at the way professional organizations like IFWTWA can benefit travel writers and bloggers from an insider’s perspective.

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Six Reasons Why I am Going to the Annual Conference (and you should consider coming, too…)

1. Lots of Workshops & Learning to Help Me Work SmarterWhen was the last time you did something for you? Something to hone your craft? Make your work more efficient and flow better? And even though some of the Workshop sessions will be running concurrently, they are going to videotape all of the Workshops so that Attendees of the Conference can view them all! 

Hotel conference room with guests seated for workshop presentation

- Take & Edit Fabulous Photos and iPhone Tricks and Apps
The Santa Fe Workshops’ Noreen O’Brien will be doing a presentation on the creative possibilities of iPhone photography and how to turn your photos into works of art. The Santa Fe Workshops, established in 1990, offer state-of-the-art photographic education that supports participants of all levels. With world-renowned instructors, cutting-edge technology, and dedicated staff, this is a not to be missed session.

- Wine Cuisine Travel Journalism
Presented by renowned photojournalist, and Publisher of Wine Country Intl. Magazine, meet Christopher John Davies. According to Christopher, group press trips may come and go, but building a custom itinerary with the assistance of wine and tourism boards can help you expand your coverage many times over. Christopher will share his experiences, photographs, and wine insights.



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Who or what is IFWTWA?

IFWTWA is an acronym for the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association. Our members make up a global network of storytelling content creators: writers, bloggers, travel journalists, photojournalists, podcasters, videographers, radio and television hosts, who report on the travel and hospitality industry. Many specialize solely in one area of food, wine, or travel reporting. Others pursue niches publishing on communications, historical, cultural or other specialty topical areas of interest to the public.

Industry professionals join with us to promote their venues. They run hotels, public relations firms, theme attractions, convention and visitors bureaus, destination management organizations, and tourism boards. They contribute the regional and local area knowledge and expertise so vital to fulfilling the mission of our Association. 

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Writers Conference & Workshop Registration Now Open

Three-day development conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico offered by IFWTWA for experienced and novice food, wine and travel writers. Substantial savings on registration fees are available now for a short time. 

Cowboy Boots

The International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association is pleased to announce Early Bird Registration is now open for its annual travel writer development conference. Substantial savings are available on registration fees for both members, guests and non-members through the month of June. Savings up to $100 is available. 

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Santa Fe Conference for Travel Writers & Content Creators ~ SAVE the Date!

We are so excited to announce the 2019 IFWTWA Annual Conference will be held November 11-13, 2019 at La Fonda Hotel on the PlazaTM in the exciting and culturally rich city of Santa Fe, New Mexico. IFWTWA Conferences are open to both members, their guests and any interested parties wishing to explore becoming a travel writer or experienced writers looking for networking and educational opportunities. The Conference focuses on professional development, industry connections, exhibitors and sponsor brand exposure.

Santa Fe Botanical Garden

IFWTWA holds an “all hands” conference every 12-18 months in either North America or an International location. These events often include press trips, professional training, food and wine tastings, culinary events and attraction tours all rolled into one great event at the destination and the surrounding areas of our conference. 

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