How to Composite an Image in Photoshop - The Order of Things

Today I am sharing an image from my ongoing series “The Ways You Will Go”. For those of you new here, “The Ways You Will Go” is a series dedicated to the visual exploration of the life lessons I have for my children. You can read more about the series HERE. For me, this image, "The Inevitability of Change”, is about accepting that change will always be a part of life and learning to embrace it can open new doors. This is a lesson I hope my children take with them as they create their own journeys.

I often get questions about what order I do things when I composite and edit an image. Because this image required a fair amount of compositing and heavy Photoshop editing, I thought it would be helpful for me to share the steps I took. The editing happened over the course of a couple of days so I couldn’t do a speed editing video. Instead, I am going to show you the progression of the image in a slideshow format. With the help of Animoto, I compiled screenshots of the image, with explanations, into a video that I hope you will find helpful. My goal is to share both a bit about how I think about the editing of an image and to show the order in which I do those steps. As always, I am happy to answer any questions so feel free to reach out on Instagram or Facebook. I hope you enjoy!

I want to thank the amazing Emma Wuillermin for being such an extraordinary model. And, for being brave enough to stand on this stump on a very windy day. I also need to give a shout out to my friend, Susan, for being the best leaf thrower I could ask for. And, lastly, thank you to White Hill Mansion for providing such a beautiful backdrop.

If you want to learn more about compositing and editing in Photoshop, check out my FREE 22-PAGE EDITING EBOOK. The link is below. In it, I walk you through all of the steps I took to edit one of my favorite images.



As far as I am concerned the single most powerful tool in Photoshop is Curves. That is a BIG statement I know because Photoshop is one powerful program with a host of tools, adjustments, filters, and plug-ins. But if I had to use only one tool to handle the vast majority of my editing it would be the Curves Adjustment Layer.

If you are not familiar with Curves, you can open the adjustment layer by going to LAYER-->NEW ADJUSTMENT LAYER-->CURVES. See the image below for a visual.


Now that you have the Curves panel open, let me show you some of the adjustments you can make to an image. Check out this video for a quick walkthrough.


I hope you found that helpful. Please reach to me on social media if you have questions. I am always happy to help!

If you want more information on using Curves, check out my FREE 22-PAGE EDITING EBOOK. The link is below. In it, I walk you through all of the steps I took to edit one of my favorite images.

And, if you want to learn more about using color, color theory and harnessing the light in your images, please check my online workshop THE ART OF COLOR AND LIGHT: Directing the Visual Narrative. 

I will see you soon here on the blog or anytime on social media! Happy Sunday!



I am honored to be part of PhotoPlace Gallery’s A Sense of Place Exhibition. Juried by the immensely talented, Jane Fulton Alt, the exhibition seeks “photographs that convey a ‘sense of place’ blending the physical characteristics of a scene, landscape or object with the mysterious essence that emerges from gradually and perhaps unconsciously inhabiting a place over time.”

To me, that is a beautiful ideal for an image to convey. Where and how we live or spend time is deeply personal and being able to capture how our presence imprints on a place is powerful. It becomes even more compelling when that imprint represents a universal experience. 

This image, from my series Inside Friday Night, was captured late one Friday night as these two boys were leaving the boardwalk at the beach. What I love about this image is that it captures a moment that could be from almost any decade, if you ignore the cars, of course. It’s that “boys of summer” quintessential imagery that has been made part of our culture thanks to its exploration in music and literature. 

It is always a great privilege to have an image included amongst an amazingly talented collection of artists. This is especially true with this exhibition. Please take a moment to check out the work. It is very powerful.


I am excited to welcome you to my new website and my new name: Pam Korman Photography. Actually, I guess I am welcoming you to my old/original name but you get the idea.

If you followed me on District Photography, this is the same me, just freshened up a bit to better reflect who I have become as an artist. I hope you take a moment to check out the site and get familiar with everything. You will see on the menu bar under FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS all of the workshops that I am currently offering and information on mentoring with me.

I am also introducing a NEWSLETTER where I will be sharing tips on shooting, editing, creating personal projects, goal setting and so much more. I hope you will join me and, as a thank you for signing up, you will receive a 22-page compositing and editing PDF covering how I created one of my 

most popular images. You can check all of that out here.

Also, I will be making available for purchase a handful of my images. Images will only be available for a limited time, and only one of each image will be offered. Please keep an eye out for more details on this in an upcoming newsletter. Or feel free to reach out to me at if there is an image you are particularly interested in acquiring.

I am excited to continue on this journey with you. It is always an honor and a privilege. I know this passion we share isn't always easy, and I know we all suffer from highs, lows, and all the in-betweens so, with that, I leave you with this image. It is my newest image from my series called The Ways You Will Go. My thoughts on the image are below. I hope you enjoy and thank you again for stopping by!

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Not Broken…Just Bent (above) acknowledges that powerful winds will move through your life, often at unexpected times. How you choose to respond becomes a testament to your character. In those moments, allow yourself the flexibility to bend with the wind. You never know what you might see from that perspective. But, once you have looked around, harness your roots, your core, and your center and stand tall again because the wind, no matter how strong, should never be allowed to break you.