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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

A Note Regarding Covid-19

Start date: March 20, 2020

End date: September 18, 2020

Time: 9:00 - 17:00

Location: Everywhere


We hope that you are staying safe and calm during this difficult time. We wanted to reach out and assure you that we are monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation closely and are working to find ways to be as supportive as possible to our photo friends and the community.

All of our scheduled travel tours and workshops are on hold through August. The next available tour or workshop you can sign up for is the Iceland Photo Tour scheduled for September 19th – 27th, 2020 and this may cancel if circumstances prevent us from booking hotels early enough. If you book with us any time before the tour cancels, you will get a 100% refund of your deposit. We will send out notifications as early as possible should the tour cancel.

We are looking at online alternatives to in-person workshops so that photo enthusiasts can still pursue education and stay connected and inspired. We encourage anyone who is interested to sign up for our email list so you can be informed of any developments. Please check out our current online offerings and stay tuned for any news. At the moment, know that we love you all, stay calm, stay safe, and observe all best practices in this time of pandemic.

Iceland Photo Tour

Start date: September 19, 2020

End date: September 27, 2020

Location: Iceland

Travel Photo Tours

Iceland – out & about

Join Bobbi and Lee for a luxury tour of Iceland with Focus on Nature.

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.

Venice Carnival Photo Tour – 2021

Start date: February 9, 2021

End date: February 14, 2021

Time: 8:00 - 18:00

Location: Venice, Italy


Join us in Venice to capture the colour and pageantry of Carnival, during our five-day, six-night Venice Carnival Photo Tour – Feb 9th – 16th, 2021!

Carnival, 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, and we will provide you with a wealth of individual instruction and attention during this visually stunning event, and we will teach you everything you need to know to create dramatic and compelling travel images.