Photos without many colors and without many clouds in the sky are often perfectly suited for a Black and White conversion. This conversion can greatly improve the contrast of an image. The big downside, however, is that the lack of colors will result in a less moody image. The Semi-black and white conversion finds the perfect balance between them. This technique is created by Max Rive who combines a black and white with a color photo – removing all unwanted colors and changing both the saturation and darkness levels of the 2 primary colors. This is a simple, yet very effective technique that every landscape photographer’s workflow can greatly benefit from.
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Camera Raw Preparation
Camera Raw Preparation
Use different techniques in Camera RAW to prepare for the semi-black and white technique in Photoshop.
Semi Black and White Technique
Semi Black and White Technique
The Semi Black and White Technique in Adobe Photoshop allows you to combine the contrast of a Black and White image with the mood of a color image.
Depth and light
Depth and light
Increase the depth and enhance the light on various objects in the image.
Create the best separation within and between objects 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 Patagonia
I use your techniques on all my edits and look forward to any new videos. One of my favourite videos would be the one on creating epic panoramas that blend seamlessly for a surreal image that evokes feeling and a sense of depth - which is hard to master. Your love for unique locations along with along with demonstrating how a masterpiece can be created from the shots at these locations is inspiring. Thanks for the videos and continued inspiration to become the best.
The tutorial I watched opened my eyes on the whole artistic process from the start to finish. I realized the importance of each step and technique as they serve to realize a specific artistic vision. I also really enjoyed the way Max presented his knowledge; that is in a simple, logical and engaging manner. Thank you
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
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 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...
Joachim Paul Forna KreutzerUnired 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.
The tutorial videos provide loads of valuable knowledge not only in post processing, also in finding the right locations and how to work them. Furthermore You learn how to use Your images in the best way for your social media. Form e personally the videos opend up a completely new horizon in post processing. They taught me new techniques and to be more patient and accurate with my processing, to end up with great results. Additionally, the well chosen locations for these tutorial are epic and blow your mind in an instant!
I have bought several videos from Max Rive, mainly to understand his workflow. He uses a very simple way of using layers in photoshop, but at the same time, very powerful.He explains very well the logic of light and some pretty nice tricks to really enhance your landscape images. If you are a landscape photographer, I recommend 100% any of the video tutorials of Max, it opens a new way of processing your images in very powerful and artistic ways.
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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.