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 reductio ... 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 “Real P ... 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 scene ... 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 of ... 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.

No shows booked at the moment.


11 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 Post author

      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!

  4. Andy

    Hi Lee, I purchased “The big deal” Bundle but when I try to access your “Photo-Illustration in Photoshop” it says I have an invalid code or its expired. It says on the redemption instructions that the codes will be valid until 25/8/15. Please advise – Cheers – Andy.

  5. Wren

    Hello, I was watching one of your tutorials on you tube (skin softening using high pass) and you mentioned that this procedure was not in the new “Skin” book. What is this book? What is the full title and do you know the title of the most recent version? Thanks very much for your help!

    1. LeeVaris Post author

      Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally, Lighting, Photographing
      and Retouching Faces and Bodies – 2nd edition
      ISBN-10: 0470592125
      ISBN-13: 978-0470592120
      Paperback, 368 pages, Aug 2010 — get it on Amazon!


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