Private Mentoring

Lee Varis 2014

Mentorships with Lee Varis for the Emerging Photographer/Retoucher

In a competitive market, commercial  photographers and retouchers must possess the information that is essential to setting up and growing their business as well as
a comprehensive knowledge of creative techniques. If
you are looking to make a full or part-time transition to photography and/or retouching, or if you’re just getting into the business, my mentoring program will provide you with the skills needed for digital photography, post processing, and retouching, along with the practical
understanding of sound business practices.
Use my experience to your benefit!
I take my mentoring relationships seriously, focusing on your particular needs
including: your identity/logo and marketing collateral materials, creating a
great website, developing a solid business and marketing plan, understanding
job pricing, copyrights, and client negotiations. Together, we will cover all the
business basics: setting up bank accounts, bookkeeping, accounting, insurance,
advertising, equipment needs, and more.

I will custom make a program to suit your needs. It can take shape as individual sessions, a series of five or ten, or a full year unlimited access.

Please contact me for more information about private, in-person mentoring.

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I am also available for one-on-one, live video, online tutoring through Google Helpouts so you can access my expertise from anywhere through your computer. This is especially useful for computer & software training, as we can share out screens, and I can actually use your computer to show you how to do things in Photoshop, Bridge, and Lightroom. Sign up for a Helpout today :


Upcoming Seminars, Workshops & Appearances

  • 06/03/17 - 06/04/17
    Join Bobbi Lane & Lee Varis on an adventure in natural light portrait photography! Portraits Unplugged is all about natural light, nothing technical or mechanical. This dynamic husband and wife team teaches you how to find and work with natural light to make flattering and dynamic portraits of any subject. The beauty of available light is its ability to describe your subject from powerful and strong to soft and creamy. Bobbi & Lee show you how to work with all kinds of light: hard, soft, bounced, window, “garage door”, reflected, diffused, etc. Our only tools are reflectors and diffusers and we use them to manipulate the light effectively. Pick your day– Saturday or Sunday– or sign up for both days to receive the discounted rate! Related post. More information
  • 07/24/17 - 07/28/17
    Join Lee Varis, an award-winning photographer and Photoshop guru, in a week-long 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, be it web delivery, prints, books, or magazines. This course is recommended for photographers who have a basic understanding of the Photoshop interface, and working knowledge of input-output and computer workflow.
  • 08/13/17 - 08/19/17
    The modern photographer has to navigate through more than real world situations to encompass the virtual world of Facebook, Flickr, Wordpress, Dropbox, YouTube, Instagram, and more. This requires intimate knowledge of more than one or two Adobe apps! This course examines various modern photography workflows that import, edit, process, and push images out into the world onto multiple platforms. While Lightroom remains a key component of these various workflows it is not a be-all, end-all solution by any stretch of the imagination, so we will also look at other applications, desktop and web based, to offer a more complete picture of the hyper-connected world the modern photographer now lives in! Related post. More information
  • 09/10/17 - 09/16/17
    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. The end of summer provides us with over 13 hours of sunlight, plus a couple hours of twilight, so we will shoot early and late, taking advantage of both the blue and golden hours. We shoot what photographers love, breathtaking views of lagoons, waterfalls, glaciers, and black sand beaches in gorgeous light. We immerse ourselves in the out of the way villages and meet and photograph the locals, the farms and the Icelandic horses. Bobbi and Lee help you find your personal vision and how to take your images from snapshots to stunningly beautiful images. We spend time observing and understanding the essence of the place and the people, and then use our photographic techniques to make images that sing with depth and meaning. More information
  • 11/08/17 - 11/12/17
    Join us on an amazing photo adventure of a lifetime! This is a cultural and educational exchange geared toward directly experiencing the people and places of Cuba. See history-making changes taking place, learn the history, and enjoy the beauty all around you. We will provide photography instruction before, during and after your daily photo shoots and cultural exchange activities. The package includes round trip airfare from Tampa to Havana, Cuba visa, land travel in Cuba, hotel, airport and program transfers, entry fees/admissions, and most meals. More information

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