Photographer Interview: Spencer Clubb

New Zealand landscape photo by Spencer Clubb

Spencer Clubb is a New Zealand based photographer. Originally from the UK, he lives in Wellington and travels around New Zealand to photograph its mountains, landscapes and wildlife.

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How to Analyse your Lightroom Catalog with Lightroom Dashboard

Lightroom Dashboard analytics

Have you ever wondered how often you use a particular camera or a lens? Or how often you shoot at certain aperture or ISO settings? Or how many photos you shoot per month or year?

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The Extraordinary Tale of the Lightroom Update that Went Wrong – and What it Means for You

   New Lightroom Import window

For those of you that have missed the saga, this is what happened.

On October 5th Adobe released a dot upgrade for Lightroom 6 (6.2) and Lightroom CC (2015.2) that completely (and with very little warning) changed the way the import process works. The big change was a new Import window with a different design and layout to the old one. Adobe also removed some of the import options, leaving a supposedly simplified interface to work with.

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What I Did with my Helios Lens in China (and why you should buy a vintage lens)

Photo taken with Helios 58mm lens

Before I went to China in August I published a list on here of the photo gear that I was going to take with me. One of the items on that list was a Helios 58mm f2 lens. I only used it once during the trip but I made some good photos with it and I’m glad that I took it (if you don’t have a piece of kit with you, you can’t play with it while you are away!)

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Going wide in Galicia

Wide-angle lens photography in Galicia

Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon 14mm f2.8 lens, 1/125 @  f9, ISO 400

There’s a seaside town in north-west Galicia called Muxia. The town has a church (Virxe da Barca) built on a rocky outpost facing the sea. On the rocks below it is a stone (Pedra d’Abalar) which people crawl under for luck. Muxia is on the final leg of the Camino de Santiago from the city of Santiago to Finisterre (or Fisterra in Galician, the local dialect). Pilgrims and tourists pass through, visiting the church, taking selfies, crawling under the lucky rock –and getting in the way of photographers like me who would just like to take a photo without anybody in it.

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How to Take Photos in Fog (and process them in Lightroom)

Processing fog photos in Lightroom

After leaving China we flew on to the UK to visit family. Now we are spending a few weeks in Galicia in north-west Spain. It’s a fascinating region, green and mountainous, mostly rural. There’s a mixture of gloriously beautiful unspoilt beaches and dramatic rocky coastline. Inland there are country villages, ancient monasteries and lots of old stone churches.

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The Gap Between Making and Processing Photos

City of God Pavilion, Hangzhou, China

View from the City of God Pavilion, Hangzhou, China. The predominant colours are green and grey.

Fujifilm XT-1, 35mm, 1/180 @ f5.6, ISO 800


I may have been showing you my photos from China too quickly.

The main benefit of waiting between taking photos and processing them is to view them with a more objective eye, away from the excitement of taking them.

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Long Exposure Photography in China

Forbidden City, Beijing, China

Fujifilm XT-1, 18mm lens, 90 seconds @f11, ISO 200


This photo is taken from the moat that surrounds the Forbidden City in Beijing. It was made with a 18mm lens, a shutter speed of ninety seconds and the aperture set to f11. No neutral density filters required as it was dusk. The orange glow on the brickwork is from the street lights on the other side of the water.

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5DayDeal 2015 Complete Photography Bundle

5DayDeal 2015

The biggest photography event of the year is happening right now!

Does the chance to buy over $3300 of photography education products for just $127 sound tempting? It’s all part of the 5DayDeal, starting today. The bundle includes some fantastic photography ebooks, video courses and Lightroom Develop Presets.

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The Lenses I Used in China

Forbidden City, Beijing, China

Fujifilm XT-1, 35mm lens, 1/400 @f10, ISO 1600

The Forbidden City is one of Beijing’s most famous attractions. And rightly so – despite the crowds and the heat exploring the temples, alleyways and buildings of this fantastic structure is a very enjoyable experience. If there were less people it would be easy to imagine life in the Forbidden City in ancient times when it was the Emperor’s residence.

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