The short word that, hopefully, will grow to convey the intention to clarify the technology and techniques, TEK, and make it easy…..eez…..for many. TEKeez. Let’s get the TEK out-of-the-way. Photography can become a wonderful creative process to enjoy and show ones resulting images. Find more of my work at garyculley.com.
TEKeez is the tool to add creativity through photography to the lives of its readers and viewers. TEKeez has been on the drawing board since my earliest days of photography. My name is Gary Culley. I have been blessed with a calling that I’ve always enjoyed sharing with others. The articles and videos allow me to share like never before.
After beginning in the photo-lab business I moved to commercial photography with my first studio, Gary Culley Studios. After working primarily in advertising photography, I joined forces with a pre-press house to introduce my clients to digital photography with the Leaf DCB tethered to a Mac, one of the earliest digital cameras for commercial photography. Becoming a problem solver was my work for clients with products to sell, primarily in catalogs. Creating solutions to capture and reproduce products in their best light. Early digital was one specialty of the studio. Film still dominated in the early days of digital. My days were filled with formats from 4×5 to 120 to 35mm. Digital would be used to capture the inner page photos with film being used for covers and any people shots.
Guild, Next Level & More
My work with the Memphis Professional Photographers Guild took me to its Presidency where I was able to help others in getting their businesses off the ground. Next Level studio grew to become the in-house production facility for The Design Group with over 7000 square feet of shooting space, creating catalogs and printed material for clients nationwide. Always quick to answer questions from visitors to the studio or friends about the technical aspects of photography, it was a natural to move to teach this amazing art-form. With the experience of a good number of classes at local camera clubs teaching photography and special processes, I’m loving the “giving it all away” aspect of my photography journey and now we’re on to TEKeez.