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I’m Lee Varis, photographer, educator and digital imaging artist. I have maintained a website at this domain for over 20 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. Here you will find my blog with an expanding library of articles about the art and science of contemporary photography. Recent posts appear above in the opening slider images—you can explore the various categories of past blog posts from the “Blog” menu, or view video or PDF tutorials from the “Education/Free Tutorials…” menu, where you can also find a link to my Online Courses and info about my mentoring program.  The Portfolios menu leads to a page with a number of galleries of legacy work, and examples from various workshops and travel tours. Scroll down to find out about me, and upcoming workshops and photo tours.

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I have been a photo-illustrator, for most of my professional career, working with advertising and design clients, primarily in the entertainment industry in Hollywood.  I started working with computer imaging over 25 years ago, and I currently work with digital photography, and image processing for my personal work. These days my main focus is teaching workshops for emerging photographers, and leading travel tours with my wife, and fellow photographer, Bobbi Lane. We live now just south of Boston in the town of Carver, the cranberry capitol of the world.

My work has been featured on movie posters, video box covers, CD covers, numerous brochures and catalogs. I photographed the moth on the “Silence of the Lambs” movie poster, as well as photos of the Starship Enterprise, for the Star Trek movies! My creative imaging has been featured in National Geographic, Newsweek and Fortune magazines, as well as trade journals like PDN, Rangefinder and Photo Electronic Imaging.  I am an ambassador for Fujifilm, part of the X-Photographer team, and a passionate advocate for mirrorless camera systems.

Well known as a pioneer in digital imaging, and as a Photoshop guru. I’ve written 4 books—my best know 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. 

My 45+ years of experience in photography spans the transition from film to digital—an invaluable vantage point for teaching and inspiring future generations of artists.

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Florida Birding & Photo Festival

Upcoming Seminars, Workshops & Appearances

  • 04/24/19 - 04/28/19
    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. More information

Iceland Photo Tour

Upcoming Seminars, Workshops & Appearances

  • 09/15/19 - 09/22/19
    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. More information

LACP- Hollywood Lighting in the Hurrell Style

Upcoming Seminars, Workshops & Appearances

  • 04/05/19 - 04/07/19
    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. George Hurrell spent the last 12 years of his life shooting in Bobbi’s studio, during which he experienced a revival of popularity for his classic style. You will be learning from her first-hand experience with George’s creative approach to lighting, styling, and posing! After hands-on shooting, Lee Varis will teach Lightroom and Photoshop retouching techniques that allow you to replicate Hurrell’s classic creamy B&W tones and smooth skin, without the hours of tedious re-illustration that George was famous for. In addition, we will have special guest, Richard Settle, George Hurrell’s personal photographic assistant for the last 10 years of his life. Richard will share his insights into George’s creative process at our Friday evening introduction. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to learn from the masters! More information

Tanzania V.I.P. Photo Safari

Upcoming Seminars, Workshops & Appearances

  • 08/17/19 - 08/26/19
    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. More information

Venice Carnival Photo Tour 2019

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