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Lee Varis

Lee Varis



Lee Varis is a leading author and the industry’s foremost expert on digital photography. Starting his career as a commercial photographer he segued into photo illustration creating album covers for music giants Warner Bros. Records and Sony Music, as well as advertising and key art for major motion pictures studios Paramount Studios, Fox, MGM and Sega, and national publications National Geographic and Newsweek. Early on Lee led training activities and imaging seminars on a nationwide traveling tour for Apple Computers. As an expert in color theory, Lee embraces the use of imaging software and technology to create digital images that transcend the original source materials. Over the past 20 years Lee has developed his skills as an award winning photographer but also has mastered the use of photoshop, lighting, special effects and color management. He has authored two books, Digital Photography for Creative Professionals, detailing the basics of the use of new technology and software in digital photography, and a second best-seller, Skin: The Complete Guide to Digital Lighting, Photography and Retouching Faces and Bodies. Each of these books have helped guide the pathway for many professional photographers working today. Lee is a member of APA, ASMP, NAPP, DIMA/PMA and LADIG and currently is actively involved in seminars for Maine Photographic Workshops and the Palm Beach Photographic Center, as well as contributing articles to various publications such as Design Graphics, PEI, PC Photo, Rangefinder and Digital Photo Pro.
  • Canon 5D mk2
  • 24-70 zoom, 16-35 zoom, 70-200 zoom, 100 macro, Lensbaby
  • Macbook Pro

How to Tutorial – 3D Tone Sculpting

Published January 19th, 2012

I have a new, free, step-by-step tutorial up on my blog with a downloadable image so you ca follow along:

- this and other advanced techniques will be covered in my workshop for Light Photographic Workshops March 14-18th in Los Osos - see more details here:

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Musical Post for the Holiday Season

Published December 7th, 2011

Here’s a little off-topic, but on-season, post for you this week.

Some of you may know that one of my hobbies is music and a passion for exotic instruments. I thought I’d share a little of that as a sort of holiday spirit kind of thing, so here’s a little music file for you. I’m playing an oud, a middle eastern lute played with a plectrum, in an improvisation that hasn’t quite stabilized into a composition. This just seemed cheerful enough for some good holiday vibes so I hope you enjoy it!

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