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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

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

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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.