Thomas Underhill

Thomas Underhill


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3714 Gundry Avenue · Long Beach, CA, 90807 · Home: 562. 492.9955 · Cell: 310.713.6324

To secure a position where I will use my extensive skills and experience in film and digital photography, coupled with lab techniques, maintenance and management, to help students succeed in the classroom and beyond.

• More than 20 years experience as a professional photographer in both film and digital formats.
• Adept with editing and design applications on both Mac and PC platforms including Photoshop, Illustrator, Final Cut Pro, Photo Mechanic, Lightroom, After Effects, Dreamweaver and InDesign.
• Gifted teacher; able to demonstrate and express concepts in a manner that students can easily grasp.
• Organized; able to handle a multitude of details at once and meet tight deadlines.
• Experienced with maintaining and calibrating full, working wet and digital labs.
• Maintain accurate records and material safety data sheets of chemistry and photo supplies.
• Awarded First Place in 2006 and 2008 for sports photo and First Place in 2008 for breaking-news photo by the California Newspaper Publishers Association.

• Served as primary photographer for award-winning semiweekly local newspaper.
• Covered diverse areas of photojournalism including spot/breaking news, sports/action, feature, lifestyle, architecture and design, portraiture, street photography, underground music, live events and studio photography.
• Performed a variety of freelance assignments for magazines and business periodicals
• Did pro-bono photography for charitable organizations including Special Olympics, Friends of the Los Angeles River, LAJCC’s Ready to Learn and the Cal Heights Neighborhood Association.

Post-Production and Design
• Responsible for post-production of images for use in both print and online applications including image selection, color-correction, resolution, file and caption data, image upload to appropriate server/site and archiving.
• Handled photo illustration, layout and page design; packaging of images and creation of graphics for special sections.
• Oversaw a working wet/digital film lab; responsible for processing and archiving film-based and digital images.

• Trained incoming newspaper employees in the safe use and maintenance of all photo lab equipment.
• Taught college-aged photo interns photography techniques, computer software and lab processes.
• Served as reading tutor and provided art instruction to first-graders attending low-performing LAUSD Title 1 schools for the LAJCC Ready to Learn Project.

Lab Operation and Maintenance
• Mixed and maintained photo chemistry; ensured that chemicals were disposed of properly.
• Assisted photo department in the selection and purchase of new cameras and related equipment; handled inventory and the ordering of supplies within a set budget.
• Maintained, cleaned and calibrated all photography equipment including lights and exposure meters, cameras and lenses, recorders, enlargers, printing processers and film scanners.
• Oversaw equipment and supply check-out procedures; maintained relevant records; ensured that all items were accounted for and returned by deadline.

Tom Underhill RÉSUMÉ, PAGE 2


Art Instructor KCET, Burbank, CA 2012-2013

Freelance Photographer Long Beach, CA 2000-Present

Primary Photographer Palos Verdes Peninsula News, Palos Verdes, CA 1995-2011


Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce Ready to Learn Project 2010-Present

• Serve as reading tutor and provide art instruction to first-graders attending low-performing LAUSD Title 1 schools.

California Heights Neighborhood Association 2012-Present
• Serve as board member, working on numerous projects to improve the California Heights neighborhood of Long Beach, including Clean Streets, Neighborhoods USA and Neighborhood Harvest
• Provide photographic services for use in the community newsletter, on the website, press releases, and social media outlets.

Long Beach City College

• Completed courses in art and printmaking

Cal State University, Dominguez Hills

• Completed courses in education, photography and art