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Home of the 10-Channel Workflow for Digital Photography

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.

Iceland Photo Tour Upcoming Seminars, Workshops & Appearances
  • 09/23/18 - 09/30/18
    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.

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Photoshop II – Digital Imaging for Photographers Upcoming Seminars, Workshops & Appearances
  • 07/23/18 - 07/27/18
    Join Lee Varis, an award-winning photographer and Photoshop guru, in an 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, whether for Web delivery, prints, books, or magazines. This course is recommended for photographers who have a basic understanding of the Photoshop interface as well as working knowledge of input-output and computer workflow. More information
Tanzania V.I.P. Photo Safari Upcoming Seminars, Workshops & Appearances Venice Carnival Photo Tour 2019 Upcoming Seminars, Workshops & Appearances
  • 02/26/19 - 03/03/19
    In February 2019, Bobbi Lane and David Nightingale, assisted by Venice-based photographer Fabio Thian, will be running their eighth Venice Carnival Photo Tour. This is an incredible opportunity to photograph a truly unique event, with three respected and dedicated photography instructors who will provide you with a wealth of individual instruction and attention during this visually stunning event. More information
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  1. adidas U41774 - adidas GSG93 - U41774 Sand d3718a1 - nick bruce

    Hi Lee you mentioned a new 10 channel workflow course some time ago any news?

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    1. adidas U41774 - adidas GSG93 - U41774 Sand d3718a1 - LeeVaris Post author

      All I can tell you right now is that I’ll have something ready by the end of this year!

    2. adidas U41774 - adidas GSG93 - U41774 Sand d3718a1 - nick bruce

      Ahh THIS this year! Look forward to it .Are you planning on doing anything in the UK in the future? Anyway, thanks for all the great tutorials you give out, it is very generous of you and most appreciated.
      Nick Bruce.

    3. adidas U41774 - adidas GSG93 - U41774 Sand d3718a1 - Thormod Nordahl

      Lee, I get warning about your site possibly being Hacked. Don’t know if it is significant, but I cannot access your Menu – or to be more specific: On there is a button called “MENU”. It don’t work for me anymore.


      1. adidas U41774 - adidas GSG93 - U41774 Sand d3718a1 - LeeVaris Post author is a url that was used for 500px galleries – this “site” is technically no longer available, and will probably disappear at some point – 500px made some changes in their infrastructure so this remnant probably doesn’t work properly any more – you can access the galleries from my main website: from the “Galleries” menu at the top.

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      2. adidas U41774 - adidas GSG93 - U41774 Sand d3718a1 - Don Lyons

        Hey Lee, it’s Don from the OC. Wished you’d never abandoned us out west! I mean who needs love…lol? Let’s do another 10 channel workflow/calibration class out here soon. Paul’s Photo? I can fill it just from the two camera and critique groups I help with. Cheers!

      3. adidas U41774 - adidas GSG93 - U41774 Sand d3718a1 - Andy

        Hi Lee, I purchased “The big deal” Bundle but when I try to access your “Photo-Illustration in Photoshop” it says I have an invalid code or its expired. It says on the redemption instructions that the codes will be valid until 25/8/15. Please advise – Cheers – Andy.

        1. adidas U41774 - adidas GSG93 - U41774 Sand d3718a1 - LeeVaris Post author

          Sorry, I fixed the issue – your code should work now!

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        2. adidas U41774 - adidas GSG93 - U41774 Sand d3718a1 - Andy

          Great, that worked – Thanks

        3. adidas U41774 - adidas GSG93 - U41774 Sand d3718a1 - Wren

          Hello, I was watching one of your tutorials on you tube (skin softening using high pass) and you mentioned that this procedure was not in the new “Skin” book. What is this book? What is the full title and do you know the title of the most recent version? Thanks very much for your help!

          1. adidas U41774 - adidas GSG93 - U41774 Sand d3718a1 - LeeVaris Post author

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            Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally, Lighting, Photographing
            and Retouching Faces and Bodies – 2nd edition
            ISBN-10: 0470592125
            ISBN-13: 978-0470592120
            Paperback, 368 pages, Aug 2010 — get it on Amazon!

          2. adidas U41774 - adidas GSG93 - U41774 Sand d3718a1 - Robert Underwood

            Hello Mr Varis, I just found and watched the youtube tutorial you have on removing red blotches of skin . First I would like to say thanks you its a great technique that will save me tons of time. I am curious to know if you have ever attempted to use the same method to ADD color . Like some skin tan for example. I recently had a model who has some tan to her face but her arms are very white / pale

          3. adidas U41774 - adidas GSG93 - U41774 Sand d3718a1 - David Groundwater

            Him Lee, I purchased the Big Deal Bundle, but with all the info available, I have not yet downloaded your content “The Fundamentals of Photo-Illustration in Photoshop”. can you please extend the download deadline?

            1. adidas U41774 - adidas GSG93 - U41774 Sand d3718a1 - LeeVaris Post author

              If you have registered for the course (clicked on the enroll in course button) you should have lifetime access! There have been a number of major changes with the web server where the course is hosted and it seems like the download procedures have changed. If you are actually registered, and not just using the Big Deal link, you should be able to access all the videos—I’m still looking into the downloading aspect of things! Did you start the course yet? Free access through the Big Deal link has expired, and I’m not really in control of that—I should know more about downloading the videos if you are registered in a few days!

              1. adidas U41774 - adidas GSG93 - U41774 Sand d3718a1 - Wanda Squire

                I previously purchased “The Fundamentals of Photo Illustration” and have forgotten my password. I ask it to let me generate a new password, but I get nothing. I waited a week thinking it might only be during weekdays, but nothing has happened this week. I did not purchase through the Big Deal link. I was using the course just fine until I lost my password. Regards, Wanda

                1. adidas U41774 - adidas GSG93 - U41774 Sand d3718a1 - LeeVaris Post author

                  Wanda, I do not have your name registered as a student, your email does not show up in the list—did you use another email to register for the course?

                2. adidas U41774 - adidas GSG93 - U41774 Sand d3718a1 - Wanda Squire adidas U41774 - adidas GSG93 - U41774 Sand d3718a1

                  Dear Mr. Varis: Previously, I purchased the online course “Photo Illustration”. However, I have forgotten my password and now I cannot access the course. It will not let me generate a new password. What do I do? Regards.

                3. adidas U41774 - adidas GSG93 - U41774 Sand d3718a1 - Dan Barba

                  Hi, Bruce. I watched you very nice tutorial about getting rid of moire in digital photos and I followed it exactly, but at the end, I don’t get rid of just the patterns, no matter which combination I try.
                  I am on Win7 64bit and PS CC2018.
                  Please help. Thanks, Dan

                  1. Hiking Boots adidas U41774 - adidas GSG93 - U41774 Sand d3718a1 - LeeVaris Post author


                    There is no Bruce here – just me, Lee Varis — not sure what to recommend without seeing the problem image. Perhaps you can put the image in a Dropbox for me & I’ll take a look!

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