About Spencer Cox

Spencer Cox is a landscape and nature photographer who has gained international recognition and awards for his photography. He has been displayed in galleries worldwide, including the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and exhibitions in London, Malta, Siena, and Beijing. To view more of his work, visit his website or follow him on Instagram.

Post Archive By Spencer Cox

The Almost Portfolio

I’ve always enjoyed seeing alternate versions of famous photographs. Maybe frame #22 is the photo everyone knows about, while frames #18-21 have faded into obscurity – despite showing the same subject with minor variations. Of course, it’s not just famous photographers. Every photographer out there has an “almost portfolio.”

The Spot Metering Method for Precise ETTR

Most recommendations for ETTR (exposing to the right) require you to use the histogram and “blinkies” on your camera to judge overexposure. And while this method works fairly well and has plenty of benefits, it isn’t flawless. Here’s an alternative method involving spot metering, which works better in many cases.

Photography from the Heart and Head

In my opinion, a bridge exists between the heart and the head in photography, just as it does in many other areas of life. I use “bridge” rather than a word like “battle” because they aren’t really at odds with each other. They’re just two parts of the photographic process.

Our Multi-Part Lightroom Tutorial on Youtube

One thing I've wanted to do recently for our readers who are staying at home, while I'm staying at home myself, is to make a (free) complete video course to Lightroom so you can hone your skills if you like. I've published the first chapter (three videos) so far, so...

Nikon D780 Review

The Nikon D780 is a 24 megapixel DSLR capable of shooting 12 frames per second in live view and uncropped 4K video at 30 FPS. It brings many of the newest live view features from the mirrorless Nikon Z6 to a Nikon DSLR for the first time, including on-sensor phase detection pixels. Nikon announced the D780 DSLR in January 2020 and began shipping it the next day.

Nikon D780 vs Nikon Z6: Which One Should You Get?

Upon first glance, the Nikon D780 and Z6 appear to be very different cameras. The D780 is a traditional-looking DSLR with Nikon's standard control layout, while the Z6 is a smaller and more streamlined mirrorless camera with a number of new design cues. But beneath the surface, the Nikon D780...

Recommended Nikon D780 Settings

The Nikon D780 is a complex camera with plenty of menu options that may leave new D780 owners confused. So, I've created this guide to explain the camera's most important settings, including how I set everything on my own D780. Keep in mind that these are just personal preferences - there's...

Photographing the Liwa Desert in Fog (+ New Video)

While in UAE during our Dubai and Jordan photography workshop, we had a chance to visit and photograph the stunning Liwa Desert. Little did we know that we would be lucky enough to witness a rare fog covering the entire desert. In this article, I will talk about my experience...

Fuji X-T4 Announcement

Fujifilm just announced the 26.1-megapixel X-T4, a highly anticipated update to 2018's X-T3. The X-T4 sports significant improvements in autofocus, video, and shutter durability, but the headline feature is 6.5-stop IBIS (the previous X-T3 does not have in-body image stabilization at all, so this is a major upgrade). The camera...