there are quite a lot of resources out there for color correction. Depending how deep you would like to get into color correction, it may either seem as magic or a science to you.
using selections to allow us to color correct highlights and shadows separately
At any level, it is all about gaining control over your image. It is to this end, that Pixel Bump’s Stephen Sprinkles shows his technique for being able to only affect the shadow and highlight areas of an image while doing your color correcting.
Stephen shows how you can basically use the image to create masks for the highlights and shadows, allowing you to control them independently within your color correction workflow.
In addition to all that, Stephen also provides the technique shown as a handy and free script. The script will allow you to re-create the setup instantly. To check out the script, visit Stephen’s advanced color correction tutorial here.