This Dolomites Cave video has been an absolute best-seller over the years. It shows you how to create a stunning panorama from multiple wide-angle photos and how to also create that stunning visual look with dramatic light effects. Special attention goes to changing the distortion in favor of the subject, adding special light effects such as light bleed in the shadows, light from the side and creating shadows details in the darkness. More techniques, such as Max Rive’s famous color techniques, his semi-black and white conversion and the Unique Contrast Control Technique will also be demonstrated in depth.
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Nd Grad Filters
Nd Grad Filters
The use of ND Grad filters in Camera RAW to improve the contrast.
Using the best technique to merge the RAW files in Photoshop.
Selective warping techniques throughout the image have been used to improve the distortion.
Light have been added in the distance while keeping the tree dark for better and realistic contrast.
Semi Black and White Conversion
Semi Black and White Conversion
This unique and powerful Photoshop technique has also been used in this image.
The wildflowers are better visible with this Color Painting technique in Photoshop.
These Processing Instructional tutorials do NOT use the same processing techniques you see among all 99,9% of landscape photographers. There is absolutely nothing wrong with these – they work and can give incredible results. But after you’ve seen one – others will feel the same. The processing tutorials and techniques on this page from Landscape Photographer of the year Max Rive are different. Max Rive is an autodidact – just like he can find his own locations and unique compositions – he developed his own processing style with over 7300 hours of processing. Max Rive’s advice: ‘’If you are experienced with both photography and post processing, you don’t have to replace your current processing techniques but you can use my techniques to upgrade yours and to get new insights in my creative workflow’’.
Post processing plays a big part in today’s landscape photography. A good processed photo taken with a simple compact can look more impressive than a poorly processed photo taken with a high end DSLR. These instructional videos will bring your post processing skills to the next level – and will outvalue any other investment you can make to improve your photography. Words from Max Rive: ‘’If I had to choose between keeping my current camera but lose all my processing knowledge or keeping all my processing knowledge but use my first compact camera, I would always choose to keep my processing knowledge. In fact, I would not even be sure if people would notice when I change my camera when posting photos on the internet. Investing in your post processing is indeed by far the best investment you can make’’.
Max Rive: ‘’One day I received an email from someone who had bought my videos. He complemented me with the unique processing techniques he learned from it and how it has changed his workflow completely. Thankfully, I receive these compliments many times though this one is worth mentioning because at first, he was not all that enthusiastic. He expected advanced techniques and did not find them that advanced at first sight. Let me tell you why he changed completely in his opinion about my processing techniques. The more technical they get, the more they will distract you from your creativity. Compare it with an artist making a painting. The actual painting itself is nothing more than holding a brush and making strokes on a canvas. Would a painter benefit if this simple process would be made overly complicated? This is exactly how the common post processing techniques are done. They are unnecessary complicated. My techniques do not require much technical knowledge, nor are they difficult to learn and can create the most impressive processing results.’’
WHAT OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS SAY AFTER WATCHING Dolomites Cave
I've loved Max's images on Instragram and was delighted to discover that he offered video tutorials to learn how he had achieved those mystical looks. I've purchased several of his classes by now and learned something new in every one of them: they are incredibly detailed, easy to follow, and fun! They haven't just allowed me to bring out the best in my photos, but also taught me about composition and location scouting. Knowing that I can make my images shine, and will find great places, makes photography more fun for me.
I bought and watched almost all of your processing videos. Even though I'm a experienced professional photographer, I learned a lot. The mastering of colors, separation and balance in your work is absolutly at the highest level. Even if you use your own techniques, the end result is always brilliant ! We share the love for mountains, beautiful landscapes in remote areas with some awsome light, and now we also share an engaged processing method, that I mostly learned from your videos...
I've been stunned by Max' photos ever since I saw them for the first time when Hasselblad chose his work as Landscape Photographer of the Year. He walks you through his process, from photography, to grading, to export. I'm now much more conscious of color palette, and approach grading using curves and color sliders...Max has taught me that sometimes removing a color is just as important as adding or changing a color. And that multiple shots are often necessary to have one finished photo. And it's easy, too...his casual, conversational style makes learning a pleasure instead of a chore.
Max’s post processing videos helped improve my landscape photography a lot! What would have taken me potentially years to learn, I was able to grasp and put into my workflow quickly. New ideas, thoughts and techniques to help me scout, capture and then post process images have been so incredibly valuable to my progression. These tutorials for me have been my best investment in progressing as a landscape photographer. I look forward to keep learning from you Max! Keep the content coming. Your fan -Chance Allred
I have purchased several of Max Rive's tutorials over the years and have learned something new from each one. Max has a unique processing style and he offers lots of insight into how he processes each image. While the technical processing sections of the videos are excellent, what I find most useful is hearing him explain why he makes each artistic and creative decision. These artistic principles can be applied to your own images to help you improve your photography. I highly recommend Max's processing videos.
Starting out with limited knowledge of photography and editing in particular, Max's tutorials really helped me to break that learning curve and take my images to a whole new level. As someone who wants to convey that adventurous spirit through photography, nobody exemplifies that better than Max and these tutorials can help you get there. Detailed and easy to follow, not only will you learn a wide range of editing techniques, but also how to think creatively about your images to bring out mood, atmosphere, depth and most importantly, emotion.
Doesn’t matter whether you had the chance to meet Max Rive in person or not. Few minutes of one of his video tutorials and it will feel like you have known him for a long time. Max is friendly, deeply engaging and all his techniques are meticulously explained, step by step. Many of those are now part of my editing workflow. Few words to describe his tutorials? More addictive than Netflix.
There are a number of different things I like about Max's photography; balance of tones, simplicity in colors and 'oomph' are some. I tried myself for years to apply some of those concepts to my style of photography but failed. Then came the tutorial series from Max which I'm glad I bought and followed. They are well laid out, methodical and explain concepts to execution which I could not have learned myself. Simply they helped me a great deal. I recommend them for anybody who would like to add a creative touch to your photography
I discovered Max's tutorials for the first time while joining his Patagonia Tour. Max's tutorials are very applicable to all sorts of landscape photography and are especially recommended for those, who want to achieve more dramatic and epic final product impacts. They are based on examples and motives from real life and they gently guide the artist from basic techniques to more progressive approaches. Nowadays every photo I create still contains his knowledge and post production techniques.
Max explains in his tutorials, calmly and factually, all the important steps of his image processing. Every step is traceable and easy to follow. He is an absolute expert. No matter how often I watch the videos, I always learn new things. Awesome job Max!
If someone were to ask me in an interview, “who has influenced your photography the most?,” Max Rive’s name would have to be on the top of that list. Being in retirement, I have the luxury of being able to deep-dive exclusively into one topic, and last summer, my topic was Max Rive’s editing tutorials. And I am so glad I invested the time & the money…to listen intently to what he teaches. The upshot of it is, my editing workflow now follows a very similar path to Max’s, even with all the other inputs a landscape photographer receives. I am very grateful for this foundation and inspiration in my own workflow.
What I enjoyed most about Max’s courses is his editing techniques. He helps you to “sculpt” your photo with light so that it has a depth, almost a third dimension. You are drawn in and through the experience of that place, and his instructions are clear and concise enough for anyone to follow and implement. If you want your photos to be more alive with the experience you had when you took the photo, these courses are for you. Thanks Max for helping take may post processing to the next level.
Joachim Paul Forna KreutzerUnited Kingdom
Max's processing videos have all been great! I enjoy working through them as Max tend to explain everything in enough detail for me to understand. I have been able to better understand specific tools in photoshop and more importantly how to use them to create the desired effects. I had long been a fan of Max's style of editing as the images felt a lot like paintings and it was nice to see how Max actually treating them as such. Additionally I like the sense of 'drama' that most of them convey.
I watched "Green Paradise" and "The White Mountain" and I was impressed and conquered! My post-production has improved thanks to his advice and his ultimate color techniques, focus stacking and color painting. Every video is absolutely stunning and easy to understand. Thanks Max for your wonderful work.
Max’s processing videos are a hidden gem to those interested in learning about editing landscape photos. They provide a unique and creative method to processing, which will help take your editing and creative skills to another level. As an amateur landscape photographer, I found it very helpful the way the videos go into every detail from processing the raw image to uploading it on Instagram. Max’s photos are truly a testament to the uniqueness of the processing style
I was able to learn many things from the video courses of Max Rive, an authentic teacher as well as a great landscape photographer. His ability to describe his post production techniques in his shots is remarkable, he takes you to the wonderful scenarios he photographs, you feel like you are there. And it teaches you to master not only composition, but also light and colors. These courses are recommended for everyone, from the beginner to the advanced photographer who wants to have a professional approach to post production. Thanks a lot Max!
Max’s tutorials are an excellent way to learn how to add some extra magic to your images! Especially the ones taken during the day
There are a lot of post processing videos out there which just "gives a man a fish'' and feeds him for a day, but Max's videos teaches a man HOW to fish, which leads to feeding himself for a lifetime. Those videos are great because it shows you step by step from a simple to advanced level, both technical and composition-wise, it gives photographers the tools to perfection their craft in Photoshop.
Max’s passion for photography and for teaching Photoshop in particular is very infectious; you can feel the excitement in his voice as he shares his unique method of editing. His portfolio is filled with astounding images and he doesn’t hold back on how he uses photoshop as a tool in creating them. I have purchased many of his tutorials, including his Masterclass series, and gone on one of his tours to Patagonia led by the amazing Marco Grassi. I can honestly say that Max has boosted my passion and my skill in my pursuit of landscape photography excellence
It is fascinating to see Max’s entire workflow from the raw photo(s) until the final image. A bunch of Max’s postprocessing secrets inspired my workflow: color management, special contrast method, local selections and warping, they are all fantastic tools that elevated my photography. On top of that I really liked his relaxed narrative style. Great job, as always!
The Max Rive Tutorials are the best in the business. What I love about the Max Rive tutorials is that they aren't about a preset or how to copy-cat his style, instead they are about smart step by step workflow processes on how to get the best out of a photo so that these same skills can then be applied to your photos to bring out their best in your own style. If you are contemplating purchasing a tutorial series, this is the one I would recommend and they are worth it.
I've learned so much from Max's processing videos and have taken my editing to the next level. Although I am still on a journey of figuring out my own style, Max has helped me to understand how to best manage color, which was most important for me to learn. Also, it's amazing how you can obtain a 3D effect with some of his amazing techniques. My panorama game has gone a few levels up too. I loved scouting tips and IG tips make such a big difference too! Best spent money yet! Thank you Max for sharing your knowledge.
Max’s videos show how to maximize all the data in your image to push contrast and colors. (which have helped my processing greatly). They really help to understand workflow and explains well what tools are used to achieve results which have helped my processing greatly. I like the deep dive into PS and how to use the tools effectively and efficiently. Max does a fantastic job helping your understand PS which has allowed me to experiment and take my processing to a higher level.
I have really enjoyed the course, although I have a reasonable knowledge about processing it still taught me a lot of new things, strengthened areas of weakness and consider new areas of work!!!
Max Rive has truly set new standards in landscape photography.The post-processing he applies follows a very artistic approach and some steps are inspired by landscape painting. I have been doing photography and post-processing in Photoshop for many years, but Max's videos have given me new insights and techniques, which I now use in slightly modified form for each of my photos. Unlike many other videos, the focus is not so much on technique, but follows a very easy to understand artistic approach without having to master Photoshop in every detail.