Color Correction

I have been studying color correction as taught by Dan Margulis. He is world expert on the subject, and his teachings are extraordinary. He tells PS users to use all 10 channels in PS, not just RGB, and he teaches the power of blending modes, which are, for the most part, non destructive, and “even” in the application of changes. Here are three recent photos, all taken from images captured on a trip a few years back. Save those originals, for as PS gets refined, poor images recorded in the past can find a new life.


About Jim

Smart developed an interest in photography some 50 years ago when he took a high school course and made a pinhole camera, shot with a Speed Graflex, and took surfing photographs in Hermosa Beach with a 35mm Pentax. Since then he has traveled throughout the western United States and used Leicas, Hasselblads (film and digital), a Mamiya 7 medium format film camera and owned or used most of Canon cameras made since the 1970’s. Some images to be on display at Art for Heaven’s sake were taken in the Mojave National Preserve where Smart recently was an artist in residence. He has had about half a dozen shows in Santa Ana and Hollywood and at the 29 Palms City Hall. Smart teaches university courses in Communication Studies and English, including basic and college-level English courses, journalism and journalistic photography, writing for the media and PR, public speaking, interpersonal communications, rhetoric, the reporting of public affairs and investigative journalism. He currently serves as the advisor to the CSUSB university student newspaper, teaching editors journalistic procedures, photography, editing, and headline writing. He also conducts seminars for public relations officials and foreign public information/press officials, provides counsel for executives and public officials regarding public relations issues and challenges. He has managed a media relation’s staff and department and worked for nearly 20 years as the head of media relations for the LACMTA and one of its predecessor agencies, managing a staff of professionals during construction of the first phases of the modern Los Angeles rail system. Smart also has worked as a daily newspaper reporter, a deputy Los Angeles County probation officer and has written articles on photography published by He also has written on transportation. In addition, Smart teaches basic photographic workshops, focusing on skills of proper exposure, elimination of camera shake, composition, focal length, and the maximization of proper shutter speed to achieve quality images. He has instructed small groups on location in lens selection and basic composition and provided instruction in CS5 Photoshop workflow. He works also as a fine art and portrait photographer, operating independent business. He owns and uses medium format, and 35-mm digital cameras. He maintains an online photography website featuring fine art and other images. You can see his work at: You can reach him at: 760-366-0243 or (cell) 760-401-2166