Lee Varis - Carver, Massachusetts

Speaker Date:  Sunday, November 11th

Program Description: Portrait Retouching for the Artistically Challenged

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Lee Varis is a photo-illustrator now working in the Boston area. He has been involved in commercial photography for over 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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Program Description:  Portrait Retouching for the Artistically Challenged!

Lee Varis, the best selling author of “Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally, Lighting, Photographing and Retouching Faces and Bodies” will demonstrate new techniques for portrait retouching that leverage the powerful image processing capabilities of Photoshop to enhance the average subject, without requiring special artistic skills. You will see advanced techniques for:

Removing blotchy red skin and evening out skin color without painting or cloning
Lightening dark skin and darkening light skin
Precision dodging and burning to minimize wrinkles without disrupting skin texture
Shaping and sculpting the image using Liquify
Skin smoothing with two different approaches that iron out large defects while preserving fine skin texture
Eye enhancement with simple technique for that extra sparkle
A special “skin-glow” effect

Lee shows how, with a little computer cleverness, you can create portrait enhancements the rival the experts in a few minutes. He will work on several portrait enhancements, start to finish, to illustrate the essential techniques that will take your portrait photography to the next level.

Program Level: Intermediate