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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

  • 06/11/16 - 06/12/16
    Portraits Unplugged is all about natural light, nothing technical or mechanical. Bobbi & Lee teach you how to find and work with natural light to make flattering and dynamic portraits of any subject. Work in small groups, on location with models to create stunning portraits. Then take your images into the computer where Lee will show you how to enhance them for the most flattering effect! Related post. More information
  • 07/15/16 - 07/17/16
    The New England Camera Club Council (NECCC) is a nonprofit umbrella group for >80 camera clubs in the New England states (Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont). I will be conducting seminars at the extensive three-day photography conference. Related post. More information
  • 07/24/16 - 07/30/16
    Lee Varis will demonstrate new techniques for retouching that leverage the powerful image processing capabilities of Photoshop to enhance the average subject, without requiring special artistic skills. Lee shows how, with a little computer cleverness, you can achieve retouching effects in minutes that rival the artistic talents of professional retouching artists. Students will work with images supplied for several projects, as well as their own images to learn these advanced retouching techniques. Related post. More information
  • 08/01/16 - 08/05/16
    Join Lee Varis, an award-winning photographer and Photoshop guru, in a week-long intensive course designed to take your Photoshop skills to the next level. Varis shares advanced techniques for raw processing, color correcting “by-the-numbers,” selections and masks, retouching, black-and-white conversions, and sharpening. The goal of the class is to develop the skills necessary to craft a good photographic “master file” that can be repurposed for different applications, be it web delivery, prints, books, or magazines. This course is recommended for photographers who have a basic understanding of the Photoshop interface, and working knowledge of input-output and computer workflow. More information
  • 10/25/16 - 11/01/16
    Join us on an amazing photo adventure of a lifetime, but you must act fast or this opportunity will be gone for good! This is a cultural and educational exchange geared toward directly experiencing the people and places of Cuba. See history-making changes taking place, learn the history, and enjoy the beauty all around you. We will provide photography instruction before, during and after your daily photo shoots and cultural exchange activities. $4,895 package includes round trip airfare from Tampa to Havana, Cuba visa, land travel in Cuba, hotel, airport and program transfers, entry fees/admissions, and most meals. More information
 

17 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.

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  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.

    Tom

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    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.

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  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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  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.

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  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!

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    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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  6. Robert Underwood

    Hello Mr Varis, I just found and watched the youtube tutorial you have on removing red blotches of skin . First I would like to say thanks you its a great technique that will save me tons of time. I am curious to know if you have ever attempted to use the same method to ADD color . Like some skin tan for example. I recently had a model who has some tan to her face but her arms are very white / pale

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  7. David Groundwater

    Him Lee, I purchased the Big Deal Bundle, but with all the info available, I have not yet downloaded your content “The Fundamentals of Photo-Illustration in Photoshop”. can you please extend the download deadline?

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    1. LeeVaris Post author

      If you have registered for the course (clicked on the enroll in course button) you should have lifetime access! There have been a number of major changes with the web server where the course is hosted and it seems like the download procedures have changed. If you are actually registered, and not just using the Big Deal link, you should be able to access all the videos—I’m still looking into the downloading aspect of things! Did you start the course yet? Free access through the Big Deal link has expired, and I’m not really in control of that—I should know more about downloading the videos if you are registered in a few days!

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      1. Wanda Squire

        I previously purchased “The Fundamentals of Photo Illustration” and have forgotten my password. I ask it to let me generate a new password, but I get nothing. I waited a week thinking it might only be during weekdays, but nothing has happened this week. I did not purchase through the Big Deal link. I was using the course just fine until I lost my password. Regards, Wanda

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        1. LeeVaris Post author

          Wanda, I do not have your name registered as a student, your email does not show up in the list—did you use another email to register for the course?

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  8. Wanda Squire

    Dear Mr. Varis: Previously, I purchased the online course “Photo Illustration”. However, I have forgotten my password and now I cannot access the course. It will not let me generate a new password. What do I do? Regards.

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