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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.

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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. See LinkedIn Profile Here

Up Coming Workshops and Travel Tours

2024 Neighborhoods of New York

Start date: May 5, 2024
End date: May 10, 2024
All-day event
Location: New York

Join Bobbi & Lee on a five-day, small group photographic exploration of the many diverse and ethnic areas that comprise this grand mosaic that is New York.  The photo locations are ones that out-of-town visitors and many residents rarely visit. We will walk the streets, ride the subways, and be always in the thick of it.  Lunches are in restaurants that are consistent with the ethnic demographic of the neighborhood. The experience offers you many opportunities to photograph the daily life of people and explore colorful and remarkable locations that make up the richness of this city.

Tuscany – May 2024

Start date: May 18, 2024
End date: May 25, 2024
All-day event
Location: Tuscany

Join us for a magical photo-vacation adventure in sun soaked Tuscany. We are taking over a villa in the Val D’orcia region of Italy near Siena. The luxury villa has a pool, jacuzzi, and sauna, 9 bedrooms, full vegetable garden, with a vineyard, and fantastic views of the countryside. The Villa is located on an organic farm estate that extends for over 300 hectares, in the beautiful rolling hills of Val d’Orcia, a wonderful area in Tuscany nestling between Siena, Montalcino, the Crete Senesi, Pienza and Montepulciano. Renovated in 2014, Villa Mariolina is a truly luxurious villa, equipped with all comforts and amenities. It is centrally located in some of Tuscany’s most impressive scenery and in an area protected by UNESCO for its beautiful scenery

Highland Scotland 2024

Start date: September 10, 2024
End date: September 20, 2024
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Scotland

Bobbi and Lee lead you on a tour that explores the natural beauty of the Scottish highlands, including the beautiful Isle of Skye, and Lewis and Harris, in the Outer Hebrides. This tour is ideal for photographers (both experienced and budding), nature enthusiasts, and anyone who dreams of experiencing the best of Scotland’s stunning landscapes. From the picturesque villages to the rugged coastlines and dramatic cliffs, you’ll capture the unique beauty and essence of Scotland with your camera. Our knowledgeable tour guides will make sure you get the most out of your experience, and we’ll provide you with the tools to capture truly unforgettable photos.