There Are No Bad Originals, Part 2, with Dan Margulis

In the second part of this series, Dan Margulis works through a new set of images while demonstrating his methods for color correction.

In the second part of this series, Dan Margulis works through a new set of images while demonstrating his methods for color correction. Dan moves images into and out of the LAB color space, he uses his Man from Mars method, employs channels as layer masks, and makes sharpening adjustments using filters. Throughout the course, Dan urges viewers to question what constitutes a bad image and which version of an image is truly the original. Find out how to improve the color quality of your digital images by following along with this course.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 02:22)

Dan discusses what he will be covering in the course.

Lesson 2: Glaciers (Duration 16:23)

Getting rid of a blue color cast

Lesson 3: Airline Terminal (Duration 11:45)

Boost the colors in this grey picture using LAB color space adjustments

Lesson 4: How to Color Correct (Duration 12:03)

Dan would much prefer to have an image that is too colorful as opposed to working with one that does not have enough color.

Lesson 5: Always Compare to the Original (Duration 05:53)

It is important when doing color correction to not take colors to the extreme

Lesson 6: Group Photo Just After Sunset (Duration 06:57)

In this lesson, Dan adjusts the color on a very dark photo that was taken without much ambient light.

Lesson 7: Blue Moonlight (Duration 07:52)

Working with a photo of a ballet dancer under blue lights

Lesson 8: Big Casts (Duration 10:09)

Using curves to get rid of a big color cast and then applying a layer mask.

Lesson 9: Knees (Duration 06:39)

Getting rid of red spots from the skin on the knees, legs and feet

Lesson 10: Greens (Duration 06:47)

Using the Man from Mars method to correct some images of a flower.

Lesson 11: Colorful Salad (Duration 09:35)

This complex correction involves isolating a variety of colors found in this studio shot.

Lesson 12: Seaside (Duration 09:07)

This ocean image shows strong highlight detail which needs contrast.

Lesson 13: Clouds (Duration 06:55)

Bringing contrast to the clouds in the sky, while still maintaining balance with the trees, and the building in the foreground.

Lesson 14: Intense Reds (Duration 09:37)

This intense color has blocked out all of the detail in the shot.

Lesson 15: Raw vs. JPEG (Duration 06:25)

Comparing the Raw version with the JPEG version.

Lesson 16: Which is the Original? (Duration 09:14)

Is the RAW file the real original?

Lesson 17: Final Lesson (Duration 08:11)

Trying to bring back the detail in petro glyphs that have been bleached out.

Meet Your Instructor: Dan Margulis

Dan Margulis is internationally regarded as the leading authority on color correction. He is the author of Professional Photoshop, which, since its first edition in 1994, has become the unofficial…

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