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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.

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I am a photo-illustrator now working in the Boston area. I have been involved in commercial photography for over 45 years, and started working with computer imaging over 25 years ago. I currently work with photography in conjunction with computer graphics to create images for use in print advertising.

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! 

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. 

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Up Coming Workshops and Travel Tours

Florida Birding & Photo Festival

Start date: April 24, 2019

End date: April 28, 2019

Location: St. Augustine Florida


Florida Birding & Photo Festival

Bobbi Lane & Lee Varis will be teaching multiple workshops at the festival

The 2019 Birding & Photo Fest will feature the return of festival favorites, world-class photographers along with new professionals and instructors who will offer technical training opportunities and more birding in-field programs than ever before. As always, festival participants will benefit from insights and instruction from a collection of upper echelon international nature and wildlife photographers — a group that continues to solidify Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest as one of the premier events in North America. And of course, the community of St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and all of Florida’s Historic Coast is welcoming bird lovers and photography aficionados with the friendly hospitality you’ve come to expect

Natural Light Portrait Workshop in Fort Meyers

Date: May 5, 2019

Time: 10:00 – 17:00

Location: Fort Meyers, Florida

Natural Light Portrait Workshop in Fort Meyers

This fun and intensive one-day workshop teaches essential techniques for using natural light in your portraits. Everyone has natural light available, but not necessarily the understanding of how to find it, and manipulate it with reflectors and diffusers to create the most pleasing or effective portraits. We show you how to use window light, backlight, open shade, and “garage door light” —explore how the qualities of each kind of light contributes to the mood of the portrait. Good lighting techniques, along with posing, expressions, camera angles, backgrounds, and basic skin corrections, must harmonize to create a sucessful portrait.

We begin the day with instruction—what to look for when photographing, including optimal camera settings, subject posing, and lighting with reflectors. Then we demonstrate proper techniques with models, followed by hands-on shooting under our guidance. Our location is a private home with great window light, as well as wonderful garden settings. Several models will be available for the afternoon shooting session. The end of the day will be a wrap up with some basic Lightroom techniques for skin enhancement.

Tanzania VIP Photo Safari

Start date: August 17, 2019

End date: August 26, 2019

Location: Tanzania

Travel Photo Tours

Tanzania VIP Photo Safari

On this luxury safari photo tour, you will be in a very select group of four guests that will be paired with Bobbi and Lee and your local guide/driver who will treat you to all the inside knowledge that they have of the culture and wildlife of Tanzania. Along the way, you’ll take countless photos and hours of video that will become life-long memories of this epic journey.

Learn from professional photographers in the field During our 11-day trip VIP tour, we are allowing a select 4 guests to join us per vehicle. Together we will capture African wildlife in all its glory and experience the incredible wildebeest migration and so much more. Animal highlights include… Witness thousands of wildebeest and zebra in a frenzied stampede across the celebrated Mara river! Photograph the BIG FIVE in their natural habitat – Lions, Elephants, Cape Buffalo, Rhino, and Leopards! Countless beautiful birds of all colors and sizes Antelope, Hyenas, Jackals, Warthogs, Giraffe, Cheetahs, Mongoose, Gazelles, Hippos, Crocodiles, Impala, Baboons, and many more! Hold on to your safari hats… You’re in for a ride you’ll never forget, for all the best reasons.

Iceland Photo Tour

Start date: September 15, 2019

End date: September 22, 2019

Location: Iceland

Travel Photo Tours

Iceland Photo Tour

Join Bobbi and Lee for a luxury tour of Iceland with Focus on Nature.

Iceland is truly the land of fire and ice—one of the reasons it was used for many of the locations in the hit HBO series “The Game of Thrones!” Iceland reaches down into your soul and touches you in a profound and subtle way. There is a quiet drama besides the spectacular glaciers, mountain, and seashore. The soft green cliffs and fields that stretch to the water are speckled with sheep and the multitude of waterfalls adds to the visual delight. This is pristine and primal Earth, fueled by geothermal and absolutely pure water, and is a reminder of the strength and beauty of the planet.

Myanmar Photo Tour

Start date: January 8, 2020

End date: January 19, 2020

Location: Myanmar

Travel Photo Tours

Myanmar Photo Tour

Join Bobbi Lane & Lee Varis on an amazing adventure in the land of ancient temples and spectacular landscapes

This trip is geared to the photographer/ traveller that enjoys capturing images in a slow paced manner. It is not a rigorous trip and all ages can easily handle this excursion. With a focus on the culture, people, arts and sights of Myanmar, we will capture images of fairy-tale pagodas, fascinating architecture and lively street life. For those that  enjoy landscape photography, and architecture this trip is ideal. Those interested in Asian culture will be immersed in the spiritual aspects of Myanmar. The hot air balloon ride will be a once in a life time event.

January is an ideal time of the year to visit this area, with near perfect weather. This trip is exciting, exotic and fun. .