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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

Myanmar Photo Tour

Start date: January 8, 2020

End date: January 19, 2020

Location: Myanmar

Travel Photo Tours

Pagodas and Stupas at Bagan at Dusk

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. .

Venice Carnival Photo Tour – 2020

Start date: February 18, 2020

End date: February 23, 2020

Time: 8:00 - 18:00

Location: Venice, Italy


Join us in Venice to capture the colour and pageantry of Carnevale, during our five-day, six-night Venice Carnival Photo Tour!

Carnevale, in beautiful and romantic Venice, is one of the most colourful and visually exciting festivals in the world. Dating back to the twelfth century it is characterised by the elaborate masks and costumes worn by the thousands of participants who attend this annual event in the days leading up to Fat Tuesday.

In February 2020, we will be running our ninth Venice Carnival Photo Tour. This is an incredible opportunity to photograph a truly unique event, with respected and dedicated photography instructors who will provide you with a wealth of individual instruction and attention during this visually stunning event.

Between them they will teach you everything you need to know to create dramatic and compelling travel images.