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How to Shoot & Process Panoramas How to Shoot & Process Panoramas
How to Shoot & Process Panoramas

Lee Varis examines his technique for shooting hand-held multi-shot panoramas.

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January 2016 Mandala of the Month January 2016 Mandala of the Month
January 2016 Mandala of the Month

Lee shares a new photo-mandala, and launches a new series examining the creation of photo-mandalas with the Mandala of th ... Read More

Real People Portraits-2 Real People Portraits-2
Real People Portraits-2

Lee Varis examines a photo shoot for a musician, detailing the lighting setup, and a special technique for noise reductio ... Read More

Real People Portraits Real People Portraits
Real People Portraits

Lee Varis gives a break-down of a recent photo shoot, that explores lighting and post processing issues for “Real P ... Read More

Revisiting the 10-Channel Workflow Revisiting the 10-Channel Workflow
Revisiting the 10-Channel Workflow

Lee Varis examines his 10-Channel Workflow in detail—starting in Lightroom and ending in Photoshop— using a street scene ... Read More

 

Home of the Digital Zone System & the 10-Channel Workflow for Digital Photography

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

  • 03/19/16 - 03/20/16
    The dynamic duo of Bobbi Lane, the Mistress of Light, and Lee Varis, the Sultan of Skin take you on a photographic adventure to master the art of creating flattering and effective portraits of real people. You will learn the essential techniques for photographing normal people in the real world, without fancy wardrobe, expensive hair and makeup, or extreme and difficult retouching. DSCF0129Bobbi will show how to use corrective techniques to overcome challenging subjects and Lee will take the results and refine and finish the image into a marketable photograph. 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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