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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

  • 04/29/16 - 05/01/16
    Join the dynamic duo of Bobbi Lane and Lee Varis to explore the world of Hollywood glamour, and learn the photographic style of George Hurrell. Bobbi & Lee will teach you how to achieve the look of the classic Hollywood glamour images of the 1930’s & 40’s using modern lighting tools and digital retouching techniques. More information
  • 05/03/16 - 05/07/16
    Bobbi & Lee will lead you on a photo-adventure in the fine art and craft of the portrait. You will be guided, step-by-step in how to use light, both natural and portable flash, to create an effective portrait. Essential techniques for lighting & posing will be provided in hands-on, supervised shooting sessions with a variety of subjects, in the studio, and on location. After your shooting experience, you can elect to really dig into post processing with Lee Varis, where you will learn how to enhance your images using sophisticated techniques that leverage the power of your computer to mimic the look of expensive retouching without relying on special artistic ability! Related post. More information
  • 05/21/16 - 05/22/16
    Over 50 of the photographic and video industry’s top brands including Canon, Nikon, Sony and GoPro will be in attendance to make the event Southern California’s largest ever photo and cinema consumer trade show. Lee Varis will present a seminar entitled “Re-Thinking the Raw File Workflow with Fuji Mirrorless.” The new mirrorless cameras are changing the approach to photography, formerly dominated by a reliance on a raw file workflow! Lee presents a new digital capture workflow that leverages the strength of mirrorless cameras featuring the new Fuji X Pro-2. During this session, Lee will demonstrate how to utilize the film simulation modes of the Fuji X Pro-2 camera for creative visualization, and shows how to eliminate the post processing back end almost entirely. 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
 

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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