Food Photographer of the Year Spinning Twister

Food Photographer of the Year – Shortlisted!

Gavin Wren News

2018 has started with a bang!

There's been a constant stream of great news about my work coming through, it's always a delight to receive positive feedback about the images and prose that I create.

One of those delightful nuggets of information was an e-mail stating that I had been shortlisted in the 'Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year' awards! The image below was placed in the 'Cream of the Crop' category which comprised beautiful images of specific foods, in this case, one of my exploding ice creams.

Receiving this commendation after such a short time of being 'pro' is a huge testament to the work I've put into my photography skills over the last few years. There were some well known names from the food photography world alongside me and it was amazing to be shortlisted amongst photographers that I've recently asked to assist!

Being nominated has…
Here's a food photography lightroom tutorial along with how to make the perfect sourdough cheese toastie with homemade red onion chutney.

Food Photography Lightroom Tutorial and Sourdough Cheese Toastie

Gavin Wren Food Education, Recipes, Sandwiches & Wraps, The World of Food

Today's post is a bumper double edition where I'm giving you quick food photography lightroom tutorial demonstrating how to select images, colour adjust them and edit them, alongside a lovely simple recipe for a sourdough cheese toastie with my own lovely, homemade red onion chutney.

I'm going to keep it short today and let the video do all the talking. But first, here are the images before and after Lightroom, you'll find the video below them... come and read more...
Fish eyes

Be Irrational and Give up Control – Two Years & A Career in Blogging V

Gavin Wren Food Blogging, The World of Food

Welcome back to Part 5 of my super special two year anniversary post, the penultimate piece of the puzzle! Being in control and rational about everything gets you nowhere. You need to be irrational and give up control, follow your intuition, then things can really change in life.
If you haven’t read Part 4 you can catch up with it here.
It’s in your heart, if you learn to listen. In the autumn of 2015 I attended a talk at Borough Market about the future of food. The panel were entirely unknown to me, the only association was simply the word ‘food’ in the title of the talk, I went on a whim. One of the speakers was a chap called Professor Tim Lang, a vastly knowledgeable figure in the world of food, who is a very engaging speaker and I feel exudes a sense of despair at the state…
Blogger Skills Academy Photography Class

Blogger Skills Academy – Simple Food Photography

Gavin Wren Food Blogging, The World of Food

Last weekend I had an awesome new experience. I became a teacher. Standing in an East London photography studio, in front of a group of food and photography hungry bloggers, I spent 8 hours teaching them how to take great food photos and I had an utterly amazing time doing it. Blogger Skills Academy. This happened because I realised that bloggers are busy people with precious little time to learn photography or other blogging skills. Bloggers have loads of subjects to master, besides photography, so they need to learn in a very focussed way, in a way that relates back to the profession of blogging. They need to learn how to take great photographs, without having to trudge through the entire history of photography first. When I realised this, I sat down to see if I could write a basic photography course for bloggers. 8,500 words later I decided I…
wholemeal spelt pasta tagliatelle

Wholemeal Fresh Spelt Pasta

Gavin Wren Basic Ingredients, Food Techniques, Recipes, Spelt & ancient grains, The World of Food

I’ve made homemade pasta previously, from silky whisps of fine tagliatelle to carefully manipulated, pillowy ravioli. It’s one of those things that’s a domestic indulgence, because shop bought, dried pasta is so good and easy to cook that it’s hard to justify the time and effort required in making your own. But, in the true spirit of indulgence, it is also incredibly satisfying to make this simple ingredient and if we always chose the quickest, easiest, ready-prepared method, we might all turn into mindless zombies. Despite this previous experience of homemade pasta and the fact that pasta contains so few ingredients, it ended up quite a tricky recipe to develop. Balls of pasta, eggs shells and flour very nearly adorned the kitchen window as I tried to rationalise dryness, stickiness, toughness and splitting, so that I could explain it to you. The end result really is quite a rough (rustic?)…