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
Digital Imaging for Photographers (a Photoshop Class) International Center for Photography
New York, New York Buy TicketsJoin 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
The modern photographer has to navigate through more than real world situations to encompass the virtual world of Facebook, Flickr, Wordpress, Dropbox, YouTube, Instagram, and more. This requires intimate knowledge of more than one or two Adobe apps! This course examines various modern photography workflows that import, edit, process, and push images out into the world onto multiple platforms. While Lightroom remains a key component of these various workflows it is not a be-all, end-all solution by any stretch of the imagination, so we will also look at other applications, desktop and web based, to offer a more complete picture of the hyper-connected world the modern photographer now lives in! Related post. More information
Join Bobbi Lane and Lee Varis for an adventure in the land of fire and ice to capture the spirit of nature in the amazing intersection of light, land, water, and sky! Iceland is one of the truly uncorrupted places on the planet, and we will have unprecedented access with our private luxury vehicle and knowledgeable support from Focus on Nature. The end of summer provides us with over 13 hours of sunlight, plus a couple hours of twilight, so we will shoot early and late, taking advantage of both the blue and golden hours. We shoot what photographers love, breathtaking views of lagoons, waterfalls, glaciers, and black sand beaches in gorgeous light. We immerse ourselves in the out of the way villages and meet and photograph the locals, the farms and the Icelandic horses. Bobbi and Lee help you find your personal vision and how to take your images from snapshots to stunningly beautiful images. We spend time observing and understanding the essence of the place and the people, and then use our photographic techniques to make images that sing with depth and meaning. More information
Join us on an amazing photo adventure of a lifetime! 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. The 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