Photo manipulation matching problem

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I'm learning photoshop and I'm trying to make a person blend in a picture but I failed after working on it for 3 hours. I thought I should seek the help of a professional after I tried to use the Match color option on the person's layer and adjust the color and all play with the curves and all of the stuff and it still didn't work ..

 My questions are:
  1. What should I consider before trying to do this kind of manipulations ?
  2. Why does it still look fake? 
  3. What is the best non destructive way to do this?
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Photo of TangCanada


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Google / Youtube is your best friend for #1 & 3.

Subject seems too warm for the cool surroundings.
Subject also seems too bright as the sun is in front and to right side.
Try reducing the subject to scale with surroundings.
Try convert to black/white and check if still looks fake.
Good luck.
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White balance, color temperature, and focus(blurriness/sharpness), for starters.

Here's a quick try:

And here's a specific tip for you, when trying to combine parts of multiple photos into one cohesive image - use the Channels Panel.

Look at the Red channel of your image:

See how the dude's darkest values are brighter than the background's darkest values?
Simple fix - a quick Levels adjustment, darken the shadows until HIS darks match the mountains. Now do the other 2 channel as well.

Another thing I did in my edit was sharpen the nearest rocks, trying to match the dude's sharpness, and I blurred the yellow colored rocks a little beyond the nearest rock mass because the yellow rocks were sharper than the nearest rocks. A focal point problem.

When you isolated the guy from his original image you left some bad fringe edges here and there. I touched that up as well.

A little bit of dodge tool on the guy's right side, too. For some light source unification.

If done well, all these things together can add up to a believable photomanipulation job.
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Thank you so much! so helpful!