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Note: If you are a member of PDALA AND LAPUG and would like to attend this event, kindly RSVP through only ONE of the two groups, either PDALA or LAPUG but not both. Help us not double-count you as space is VERY limited. Again, ONLY ONE RSVP per person, please. Thank you!

November 30, 2012

Hello everyone:

LAPUG MEETUP 49, our LAST meeting of 2012, will take place this next Wednesday December 5, 2012. Doors open at 6:30pm. The program will start at 7:00pm and will end at 9:30pm.

Our meeting's location will be:

Calumet Photographic - LA (Hollywood)
1135 N. Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

This MeetUp will be limited to 50 LAPUG, AUG and PDALA Meetup Members only (First come, first served*) - Deadline to RSVP is Wednesday December 5 at 2:00pm. Online RSVPs are required to attend this meeting (see below for RSVP instructions). We will open the meeting to guests starting on Monday December 3 at 12pm (if seats are available).

Please note : Meeting Support Fee Policy: $10 CASH per person with RSVPs (includes 2 General Raffle tickets for members only - Guests are not eligible for our raffles.)

Your $10 Meeting Support fee is not valid for the special Adobe Creative Suite 6 Premium Collection Super-Grand-Prize which is a separate and optional raffle.

Guests are not eligible for ANY of our raffles.

*If you're new to Meetup, pls don't RSVP by replying to this announcement. Click below for more info and instructions:


A long-time friend (and member) of the LA Photoshop User Group - and one of the most preeminent Photoshop Masters (and published author) - returns this month to share once again some of his extensive Photoshop and Photography knowledge with us.





Lee Varis, the owner and founder of Varis PhotoMedia, is a photo-illustrator working in Hollywood. He has been involved in commercial photography for the last 30 years.

He started working with computer imaging about 20 years ago after being introduced to the Quantel Paintbox system. Lee currently works with digital as well as conventional photography in conjunction with computer graphics to create images for use in advertising, commercial graphics and multimedia.

His work has been featured on movie posters, video box covers, CD covers, and numerous brochures, catalogs and magazine articles. Lee´s creative imaging has been featured in National Geographic and Fortune magazines as well as numerous trade publications including: Photo-Electronic Imaging, Studio Photography, PC Photo, Rangefinder Magazine, Photo District News and Mac Art & Design.

Lee has also been involved with consulting and training activities for numerous corporate clients. He conducted a series of imaging seminars for Apple Computers that took him around the country to most of the major metropolitan areas and is currently active in seminar programs with PPA, APA and Julia Dean Photographic Workshops as well as a monthly "Photoshop for Photographers" workshop in Los Angeles.

He maintains close relationships with numerous hardware and software companies and is involved in beta testing programs.

Lee's latest book is "Mastering Exposure and the Zone System for Digital Photographers" a complete guide to both the technical and creative aspects of exposure in digital photography. This guide uses a combination of discussion, examples, and hands-on exercises that lead the reader through a progression of skills development covering the full range of photographic lighting situations. Topics covered include basic metering, outdoor and indoor available light photography, studio lighting, night, and low-light conditions, as well as advanced topics like high-key and low-key lighting, multiple light sources and HDR. In conclusion, the author shows how to use the Zone System, developed by Ansel Adams for film, with today's digital cameras to achieve stunning results with exceptional tonal range and clarity.

Perhaps his best known book is “Skin : The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies” with Sybex (now in a 2nd edition). This is a professional level how-to guide to all aspects of digital photography of people. The work offers intermediate and advanced Photoshop techniques as well as digital-specific photo techniques for digital photographers looking for the next level in expertise.

He has also written articles for Design Graphics, PEI, PC Photo, Rangefinder and Digital Photo Pro. As a fine artist, Lee has been working on a series of images based on the Tarot. Current progress on this project is on display at:



Lee will show us how to convert a color photo (see above "BEFORE" photo) into the kind of classic B&W of the Hollywood glamour portraits of the 1930's. (See below "AFTER" photo)

Lee will start with an examination of the classic photography of George Hurell and Edward Steichen.

Lee will take a color photo out of Lightroom into Photoshop and show us how to get the creamy tones of the old style photos of the masters, as well as:

A split toning technique Photo Filter for Sepia toning Liquify for figure shaping The new Iris Blur filter A vignetting technique This in-depth step-by-step tutorial will cover a lot of ground in Photoshop to show some advanced image enhancement techniques to go from the original image above to this image below:




We will have some of Lee's books in our raffle (and other surprises) but we won't have any for sale. So if you'd like to make sure you'll get your own copies signed by Lee at our event, please click on the links below and order them ASAP to receive them in time for the meeting:

1. To Purchase the "SKIN 2" book:
- (In stock at Amazon as of 11/30/2012)

2. To Purchase the "MASTERING EXPOSURE" book:
- (In stock at Barnes & Noble as of 11/30/2012)

- (Currently out of stock at Amazon as of 11/30/2012 but available via various Amazon sellers however books ordered through them will probably not arrive in time.)


- We're featuring Lee's images on our home page and in this announcement.


- There will be time set aside for a dedicated Q&A session with Lee.

- There will be a SEPARATE and OPTIONAL raffle this month for ONE full copy of Adobe Creative Suite CS6 Super-Grand-Prize (up to a $2,100 value at the Adobe Store - For Mac or Windows - Downloadable version) Visit the Adobe CS6 Suite product page at

CS6 RAFFLE TICKETS prices are: $10 for 1 ticket, $15 for 2 tickets, $20 for 3 tickets. Additional tickets are $5 each. (4 tickets: $25, 5 tickets: $30, etc) - CASH ONLY (Checks and Credit Cards will not be accepted)

Additional Special Raffle information - and eligibility requirements - will be sent on the night prior to the event.

REMINDER: Guests are not eligible for ANY LAPUG raffles.

MEETING DISCLAIMER ( Because we must!!): Please note that the program may change at any time due to various circumstances not always under our control. Whenever possible, we will update this and notify the group.


- LAPTOPS: If you're planning to bring a laptop, please be aware that our seating doesn't accommodate for any table space for attendees.

- ON-SITE REGISTRATION and PARKING: There will be free parking on-site for up to 20+ cars approx. Street parking will also be available.

More information re: Parking, Area Map and special on-site Registration instructions will be sent to all YES RSVPs the night prior to the event.

- FOOD/DRINKS: LAPUG will provide some snacks and refreshments for all during our break. Feel free to bring your own food & bevs if you prefer.

If anyone has any questions, please let me/us know and as always, if you're unable to attend, no problem but please RSVP "NO" in order to remain active and in good standing with our group.

So until Wednesday (the 5th) then!


PDALA Assistant Organizer

LAPUG Organizer