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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 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.

I invite you to explore my collection of blog posts, for technical and artistic insights, on the world of photographic imagery. Click on the slider images above to go to recent posts—this area changes frequently, so plan on returning often. You can explore older posts from the Blog Index or the Posts by Catagory menu above. I provide online and offline video training in my school, as well as free video & PDF tutorials—check out the Education menu above!

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I am a photo-illustrator now working in the Boston area. I’ve been a professional photographer for over 45 years. I started working with computer imaging over 25 years ago and I now work with photography, in conjunction with computer graphics, to create personal work, and teach the art and technology of image making.

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!

I am 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…    Read a more detailed bio here

Previous Workshops & Photo Tours

Cuba

YButler Group

Turkey

Epic Photo Tours

Death Valley

Bobbi & Lee’s Photo Adventures

Still Life – Light Painting

Florida Bird & Photo festival

Dubai – Oman

Bobbi & Lee’s Photo Adventures

Venice Carnival

Chromasia

Horses on the Beach

Florida Bird & Photo Festival

Yellowstone

Bobbi & Lee’s Photo Adventures

Upcoming Seminars, Workshops & Appearances

  • 07/23/18 - 07/27/18
    Join Lee Varis, an award-winning photographer and Photoshop guru, in an intensive course designed to take your Photoshop skills to the next level. Varis shares advanced techniques for RAW processing, color correcting “by-the-numbers,” selections and masks, retouching, black-and-white conversions, and sharpening. The goal of the class is to develop the skills necessary to craft a good photographic “master file” that can be repurposed for different applications, whether for Web delivery, prints, books, or magazines. This course is recommended for photographers who have a basic understanding of the Photoshop interface as well as working knowledge of input-output and computer workflow. More information
  • 09/23/18 - 09/30/18
    Join Bobbi Lane and Lee Varis for an adventure in the land of fire and ice to capture the spirit of nature in the amazing intersection of light, land, water, and sky! Iceland is one of the truly uncorrupted places on the planet, and we will have unprecedented access with our private luxury vehicle and knowledgeable support from Focus on Nature. More information
  • 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