Real People Portraits-2 Real People Portraits-2
Real People Portraits-2

Lee Varis examines a photo shoot for a musician, detailing the lighting setup, and a special technique for noise redu ... Read More

Real People Portraits Real People Portraits
Real People Portraits

Lee Varis gives a break-down of a recent photo shoot, that explores lighting and post processing issues for “Re ... Read More

Revisiting the 10-Channel Workflow Revisiting the 10-Channel Workflow
Revisiting the 10-Channel Workflow

Lee Varis examines his 10-Channel Workflow in detail—starting in Lightroom and ending in Photoshop— using a street sc ... Read More

Using Lightroom as a Comping Tool Using Lightroom as a Comping Tool
Using Lightroom as a Comping Tool

Lee Varis examines the use of Lightroom to pre-visualize an image enhancement in a travel portrait taken in Turkey.

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Lab Luminosity Masks Lab Luminosity Masks
Lab Luminosity Masks

Lee Varis builds a landscape image from two exposures, blended together using a mask from the “b” channel ... Read More


Home of the Digital Zone System & the 10-Channel Workflow for Digital Photography

I’m Lee Varis, photographer, educator and digital imaging artist. I have maintained a website at this domain for over 15 years. I have divided my 40 years of experience almost equally  between traditional film-based  and digital imaging photography. This gives me a unique perspective on the evolution of photographic technology grounded in the tradition of old school craft.

Upcoming Seminars, Workshops & Appearances

  • 04/17/15 - 04/19/15
    The dynamic duo of Bobbi Lane, the Mistress of Light, and Lee Varis, the Sultan of Skin take you on a photographic adventure to master the art of creating flattering and effective portraits of real people. You will learn the essential techniques for photographing normal people in the real world, without fancy wardrobe, expensive hair and makeup, or extreme and difficult retouching. Bobbi will teach you how to use corrective posing and lighting techniques to overcome challenging subjects and Lee will teach you how to refine and finish the image into a marketable photograph. More information
  • 05/26/15 - 06/07/15
    A multi-city tour of Turkey with stops in Istanbul, Cappadocia, Sanliurfa, Mount Nemrut, and Adiyaman More information

6 thoughts on “Home

  1. nick bruce

    Ahh THIS this year! Look forward to it .Are you planning on doing anything in the UK in the future? Anyway, thanks for all the great tutorials you give out, it is very generous of you and most appreciated.
    Nick Bruce.

  2. Thormod Nordahl

    Lee, I get warning about your site possibly being Hacked. Don’t know if it is significant, but I cannot access your Menu – or to be more specific: On LeeVaris.com there is a button called “MENU”. It don’t work for me anymore.


    1. LeeVaris

      LeeVaris.com is a url that was used for 500px galleries – this “site” is technically no longer available, and will probably disappear at some point – 500px made some changes in their infrastructure so this remnant probably doesn’t work properly any more – you can access the galleries from my main website: http://www.vars.com from the “Galleries” menu at the top.

  3. Don Lyons

    Hey Lee, it’s Don from the OC. Wished you’d never abandoned us out west! I mean who needs love…lol? Let’s do another 10 channel workflow/calibration class out here soon. Paul’s Photo? I can fill it just from the two camera and critique groups I help with. Cheers!


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