Photography, Video Production and Graphic Design
- Kansas State University Journalism graduate with 22 years of experience in media, marketing and branding
- Expertise at creating stories using photography, video, graphics and animations
- Experienced multimedia studio manager, budget custodian and employee supervisor
- Experience training employees in Adobe Photoshop, Photo Mechanic, Lightroom, Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Audition and VMix
- Self-sufficient user of Windows and Apple Macintosh computers
- Expertise in color-management for large-format printing and four-color printing
- Archive Management and Cataloging experience of approximately one million images
- Website management and e-commerce experience
- Expertise with DSLR cameras, Canon C100, ENG video cameras and lighting for photography and video
- Experienced drone operator
- Experience live streaming video using VMix, Newtek NDI, Teradek Vidiu and Ustream
- Additional software experience with Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks, Video Copilot Element 3D, Video Copilot Optical Flares, Photomatics Pro and Imagenomic Portraiture, Noiseware, Nik Silver Efex Pro Photoshop plugins, Digital Photo Rescue, Card Wiper, Disk Warrior and SuperDuper, Clonezilla, Memtest, Handbrake, VLC, SnapxPro, Flip4Mac and Tuxera NTFS.
Video Production Specialist
Niles Media Group at Liberty Public Schools
2005-Present – 2 1/2 years
In my current position as an video production assistant, I produce marketing videos for Liberty Public Schools and their foundation. I manage the district’s cable television channel and YouTube accounts. I also produce the district’s monthly board of education meeting, “Coffee with the Community” video streams and I supervise the weekly production of “LPS Insider.” I’ve established graphics standards for the videos to the improve district’s brand identity. I prepare the Liberty High School broadcast studio for students by staging their video cameras, microphones, production computers, VMix software, lights and sets for the daily KLHS broadcast. And for broadcasts of athletic events I set up a broadcast production truck, run cabling, cameras, microphones and a program video feed. I’ve created numerous graphics and backgrounds for use in their daily broadcast. In addition, I aided with changing the studio from standard definition cameras and switchers to a high definition studio. As an employee of Niles Media Group, I’ve also filmed Kansas City Chiefs press conferences for the NFL Network. I have also worked as a camera operator during Heart of America football games and the NAIA men’s basketball tournament.
Northwest Missouri State University
2000-2015 – 14 years, 10 months
I worked at Northwest for almost 15 years, covering campus news, athletics, academics, alumni and foundation events and student life activities. During my time as there I had significant professional development opportunities. I was able to hone my craft through hundreds marketing and recruitment publications, alumni magazines and athletics materials. During the later part of my career there video was added. Some highlights of my experience at Northwest includes covering of six NCAA Div. II Football National Championships, two Elite Eight Tournaments and attending Photoshop World in San Francisco.
Chief Photographer and Web Editor
Southwest Daily Times – Liberal, Kan.
1998-2000 – 2 years, 4 months
In 1998 I rejoined the Southwest Daily Times where I had previously been a intern. As the chief photographer, I covered news, sports, features and aerial photography in southwest Kansas. I had the opportunity to teach photojournalism to a part-time photographer in all aspects of the job. I directed the “24 Hours, A Day in the Life of Liberal” project, which included 18 hours of photography, design and lay out within three days. As the web editor I updated the Southwest Daily Times website for six months.
Kansas State University — B.S. in Journalism and Mass Communications Dec. 1996, A.Q. Miller School of Journalism, Manhattan, Kan.
Video production blog – darrenwhitley.blogspot.com