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Lee Varis

Lee Varis is a photo-illustrator now working in the Boston area. He has been involved in commercial photography for more than 40 years. He started working with computer imaging over 20 years ago and currently works with digital as well as conventional photography in conjunction with computer graphics to create images for use in print advertising.


Lee’s work has been featured on movie posters, video box covers, CD covers, numerous brochures and catalogs. He is 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, his 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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Lee's Seminars

 

WED 6:15 - 8:30 A.M.

Photographing Horses on the Beach (co-leader Bobbi Lane)

This field seminar has become the festival’s most popular workshop. Imagine photographing horses running on one of the most beautiful beaches in St. Augustine in the early morning light. During this workshop, we’ll cover how to photograph moving subjects, panning, stop motion, silhouettes, manual exposure, Auto Focus settings and much more.  

Field Workshop

Meeting Location: Frank B. Butler County Park EAST, 5860 A1A S.

Price: $100

Difficulty Level: All Levels

Max No. of People: 20

Suggested Gear List: DSLR (Full or cropped sensor), 24-70mm or similar lens, 70-200mm mid-zoom lens, lots of cards, bring your flash if you want to experiment! 

THU 6:30 - 9:30 A.M.

Portraits Unplugged (co-leader Bobbi Lane)

***Recommended that participants take the WEDS 11AM “Portraits Unplugged” Photo Seminar as a prerequisite.***


Portraits Unplugged is all about natural light, nothing technical or mechanical with reflectors and diffusers as our only tools. Bobbi teaches you how to find and work with natural light to make flattering and dynamic portraits of any subject.  The beauty of available light is its ability to describe your subject from powerful and strong to soft and creamy. We work on capturing the essence of the people by the use of posing, expressions, tonality, composition, color, backgrounds and props. Bobbi shows you how to work with all kinds of light: hard, soft, bounced, window, “garage door”, reflected, diffused, etc. Supervised shooting with models.  

Field Workshop

Meeting Location: Downtown Gazebo in the Plaza, 170 St. George St.

Price: $100

Difficulty Level: All Levels

Max No. of People: 12

Suggested Gear List: Medium telephoto lens (85mm or longer for full frame, 60mm or longer for crop frame). Medium zoom is handy such as 24-70mm or 24-105mm for full frame, 16-55mm for crop sensor.

THU 10 - 11:30 A.M.

Infrared Photography – Explore the Unseen World Beyond Visible Light

Join Lee Varis on a journey into the unseen world of the infrared spectrum with IR converted cameras. Lee shows you how to get started with infrared capture using the various IR conversion filters. See how different camera conversions compare and how to make the most of your IR camera files in Lightroom and Photoshop. Lee explores color and B&W infrared captures, the ideal subject matter, and various approaches to interpret the dream-like color and tone of the infrared spectrum.

Photography Seminar

Meeting Location: Celebration Hall at St. Anastasia, 5205 A1A S.

Price: $25

Difficulty Level: All Levels

Max No People: 30

THU 3 - 4:30 P.M.

The 10-Channel Workflow – the Power of Luminosity Blending, an Advanced Photoshop Seminar

Go beyond Luminosity masking—join Lee Varis in a detailed exploration of a new image enhancement strategy he calls "The 10-Channel Workflow" showcasing several step-by-step projects. You will learn the power of channel blending using the 10 grayscale channels of the three major Photoshop workspaces: RGB, LAB, and CMYK. Discover techniques for:

• darkening blue skies & lightening foliage naturally
• lightening dark skin and darkening light skin
• introducing natural highlights and shadows to enhance 3D shape
• enhancing color intensity using Lab
• de-saturating shadows to enhance 3D contrast naturally
• completely re-shaping tone, contrast, and color for dramatic effects


Photography Seminar

Meeting Location: Celebration Hall at St. Anastasia, 5205 A1A S.

Price: $25

Difficulty Level: All Levels

Max No People: 30

THU 4:30 - 7:30 P.M.

Flowers with Flash (co-leader Bobbi Lane)

***Recommended that participants take the WEDS 1PM “Flowers with Flash” Photo Seminar as a prerequisite.*** 


Bobbi shows you how to make beautiful and heartfelt images that bring out the beauty, color and texture of flowers. Lighting is the key, and the direction, quality and depth of light all combine together to create the description and mood of the image.  One flash is all you need, either off or on the camera, with various modifiers to control the quality. You will learn how to position the light, choose the right modifier, set up the background and use reflectors.  

Field Workshop

Meeting Location: Downtown Gazebo in the Plaza, 170 St. George St.

Price: $100

Difficulty Level: Intermediate (must know how to use their flash so students must take class first) 

Max No People: 15

Suggested Gear List: Macro and/or medium telephoto lens. Flash, with any modifiers if you have them.