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Hello! My name is Nicole Maturo, and I am a Cinema & Photography major with a concentration in Still Photography at Ithaca College’s Park School of Communications. Additionally I am a Classical Studies minor, and a part of the Honors Program.  

Photography is one of my main passions. My favorite photographers include Philippe Halsman, Sophie Calle, and Annie Leibovitz.  I particularly love film cameras, although I own a Nikon D90. For me, film is a much more intimate process that the photographer can experience. However, with the rise of digital media it is much more practical to adopt digital photography. Being practiced in both makes me appreciate the ability to capture more photographs, but also take more care when shooting.

            Portfolio books are becoming a thing of the past. Photographers today are expected to have an updated and well designed website to show off their wok. As I become more familiar with graphic design I will form my own website. Another way for photographers to get their work out there is Facebook. While it may seem like a site for pictures of friends, Facebook can be an essential marketing tool.  In order to keep up with the ever changing media people need to adapt to new forms of communication. Social media, aside from facebook,  plays a particularly important role in marketing and news. I have a twitter account (nicole_maturo) so that potential employers may follow me.

           During my time at Ithaca College I have learned a lot about communications and the importance of keeping up with new trends. The most relevant form of media is social media, such as Facebook or Twitter. Facebook has 640 million users. 71% of companies advertise using Facebook, as compared to the 59% that use Twitter. I have learned much about the way we obtain information. We no longer depend on television news shows for information; people are obtaining the news from news websites, their mobile phones, even Facebook! Additionally, I have learned that the way we connect with people has changed dramatically. Apps such as FaceTime and Skype have made it possible for loved ones to stay in touch across continents! As our technology advances, our personal skills tend to decline. People are becoming so used to doing everything online that face to face communication is becoming a thing of the past. As a new student in the field of media, I will endeavor to master both online and personal communications.

            The beauty of photography is that it applies to so many fields. I can intern in almost any field as a photography intern. Ideally, in 5 years I will be working in commercial photography for a magazine, or as a freelance photographer. I intend to travel as much as possible, and take as many internships as possible so that I may network and learn the ropes of the industry. Being an assistant to a photographer is an essential part of photography, and I am anxious to begin the process. Perhaps in twenty years I will be travelling the world working for National Geographic (fingers crossed!), but for now I will be enjoying my time as a photography student at Ithaca College.

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