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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 45 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.

I invite you to explore my collection of blog posts, for technical and artistic insights, on the world of photographic imagery. Click on the slider images above to go to recent posts—this area changes frequently, so plan on returning often. You can explore older posts from the Blog Index or the Posts by Catagory menu above. I provide online and offline video training in my school, as well as free video & PDF tutorials—check out the Education menu above!

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I am a photo-illustrator now working in the Boston area. I’ve been a professional photographer for over 45 years. I started working with computer imaging over 25 years ago and I now work with photography, in conjunction with computer graphics, to create personal work, and teach the art and technology of image making.

My work has been featured on movie posters, video box covers, CD covers, numerous brochures and catalogs. I was responsible for the moth on the “Silence of the Lambs” movie poster, as well as photos of the Starship Enterprise for the Star Trek movies!

I am the author of 4 books—my best known book is the best seller: “Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies” Wiley Publishing 2006 & a 2nd edition in 2010.  This book has become a must-have reference for every portrait and fashion photographer…    Read a more detailed bio here

Previous Workshops & Photo Tours


YButler Group


Epic Photo Tours

Death Valley

Bobbi & Lee’s Photo Adventures

Still Life – Light Painting

Florida Bird & Photo festival

Dubai – Oman

Bobbi & Lee’s Photo Adventures

Venice Carnival


Horses on the Beach

Florida Bird & Photo Festival


Bobbi & Lee’s Photo Adventures

Upcoming Seminars, Workshops & Appearances

  • 02/26/19 - 03/03/19
    In February 2019, Bobbi Lane and David Nightingale, assisted by Venice-based photographer Fabio Thian, will be running their eighth Venice Carnival Photo Tour. This is an incredible opportunity to photograph a truly unique event, with three respected and dedicated photography instructors who will provide you with a wealth of individual instruction and attention during this visually stunning event. More information