Pre-Event Workshops

New this year to TBEX, and developed based on your interest and requests, we’re offering three 2-day exclusive, highly-focused workshops with expert instructors leading you through hands on lessons and experiences. These workshops are offered as a supplement to TBEX educational programming, and are designed to enhance your skills in a niched learning area.

Title: Travel Writing at TBEX with David Farley

Dates: October 21-22, 2014
Time: TBA (Plan to arrive in Athens no later than October 20th)
Location: Megaron Athens International Conference Centre
Price: $200. You must be registered for TBEX Europe 2014 to register. Remember, space is limited. (No refunds; transfers are permitted.)

From itinerant traveler to writer about our travels, one’s mindset shifts from casual observer to active participant. This two-day writing class workshop in Athens will focus on what it takes to be a travel writer (or blogger or best-selling superstar author)—from pre-trip research and spotting a story while on the road to writing the perfect lead and making the pitch to editors. We’ll discuss story ideas and the elements of good and not-so-good travel writing; debunk some myths of travel writing; create structure for your story; critique each others’ work; and turn recollections into a marketable travel piece.Lectures will be followed by in-class writing exercises. And there will also be an opportunity to workshop a piece of your own writing (that you’ll submit to the instructor and peers prior to the first class meeting). Do your research on Athens and Greece; we’ll be brainstorming story ideas so that you just might start working on a story about Greece while you’re there.

About Farley:

David Farley is the author of the award-winning travel memoir/narrative history, “An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church’s Strangest Relic in Italy’s Oddest Town” (Penguin, 2010), which was recently made into a documentary by National Geographic. He’s a Contributing Writer at AFAR magazine and also regularly contributes to the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Bon Appetit, and National Geographic Traveler, among other publications. He teaches travel writing at New York University and Columbia University.

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Title: Photo Workshop & Walk with Laurence Norah and Daniel Nahabedian

Dates: October 21-22, 2014Time: TBA (Plan to arrive in Athens no later than October 20th)
Location: Megaron Athens International Conference Centre
Price: $200. You must be registered for TBEX Europe 2014 to register. Remember, space is limited. (No refunds; transfers are permitted.)

DAY ONE:

  • Understanding the different settings on your camera
  • Understanding the “Exposure Triangle” (Shutter speed, aperture, ISO)
  • Using different modes on your camera, other than Auto mode
  • Learning about metering, white balance and reading a histogram
  • The different lens types
  • How to use the different settings to manipulate depth of field and movement in your photos
  • Understanding Composition and Rule of Thirds
  • Understanding light and how it affects your shots
  • The Golden Hour, Blue Hour, and different types of light
  • Basic tips to produce sharper and better photos
  •  End the day with an afternoon  photo walk to put things into practice*

DAY TWO:

  • Start the day with reviewing photos from the photo walk
  • Post-processing techniques to make your photos pop
  • Producing better black and white photos
  • Breaking the rules when required
  • Developing the Creative Eye
  • How to effectively share your photos online through social media
  • SEO for Photographers

About Laurence and Daniel:

Previously an HR generalist, Daniel Nahabedian is now a full-time freelance travel photographer, and a photography/Lightroom instructor, organizing workshops in various locations around the world. His 5-language speaking skills and multicultural background lead him to different countries with his trusty camera, documenting cultures and traditions while sampling various street food and never missing the opportunity to capture a sunset shot

A photographer, writer and traveller, Laurence has spent much of the last five years on the road, documenting his journeys and adventures at his popular travel and photography blog: Finding the Universe, which he runs with his partner Vera. He is also a founding member of Lightmoves Creative, a photography firm which offers bespoke photography and learning opportunities to brands and individuals.

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Title: Hands on Blog Design and Technology

Dates: October 21-22, 2014Time: TBA (Plan to arrive in Athens no later than October 20th)
Location: Megaron Athens International Conference Centre
Price: $200. You must be registered for TBEX Europe 2014 to register. Remember, space is limited. (No refunds; transfers are permitted.)

As travel bloggers and professionals, your website is the central hub of your online presence.  Having a website that looks nice and functions properly is paramount to success online.  But, as the old adage says, “You don’t know what you don’t know”, and there’s so many things to keep track of, it can make your head spin!

This two day workshop will focus on the most important sites out there – yours.  Mitch Canter – a world renowned web designer, developer, and fellow blogger –  will look through the sites of every participant and will create a curriculum based on the specific needs and requests of the class. This is hands on and personal, designed to help you   We’ll discuss various aspects of WordPress, but every participant will be able to improve their site right on the spot with what you will learn here.  Travel bloggers and industry attendees are both welcome.

NOTE: Before the workshop, participants will be sent a survey with various questions about their specific wants and needs.  Mitch will reach out individually before the workshop to finalize the curriculum, and may request administrator access to your site (if available) to look into the various plugins and back-end code.

About Mitch

Mitch Canter is a WordPress Developer and marketing strategist from Franklin, TN. He strives to push technology and online media to new levels to help businesses, non-profits, and industry leaders tell their story online.

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