by Zanna Shapiro

Recently, the Admissions office at St. Francis College welcomed a new face — Victoria Carriero’s!

Victoria is a senior at Wagner College, with a major in sociology and a concentration in family studies, as well as a minor in psychology.

“I chose my major solely on the thought of being able to help children, and steer them in a direction where they can better themselves or the situation they are in.

“After I graduate, I hope to become a middle school guidance counselor. For Wagner senior requirements, students are required to obtain an internship that will relate with their thesis topic.”

Victoria found herself interning at St. Francis because of her thesis:

“My thesis topic is, how gender affects college students’ career choice. In order for me to gather data, I needed an environment where I was surrounded by college students, and I figured what better place than St. Francis College. I had a connection, who knew Rob Oliva [Director of Recruitment], and the rest is history!”

She said she enjoyed her time interning.

“The admissions team is wonderful and united to work and help current and incoming students with any concerns or questions they may have. They made me feel welcome and like I was a part of the St. Francis family.”

Her advice for student is to take it one day at a time, and seek help when you need it. We all have erasers on our pencils.

Victoria’s professional aspirations are to obtain a job after I graduate. As for her personal goals, she said she wants to better herself, and learn from others in order to be able to guide those in need of her assistance,

“After all , you learn new things everyday! I want to like my job, and not dread going to work every morning.”

Victoria also has another passion: photography.

“I remember back in sophomore year of high school, I asked my parents if they could get me a digital camera (Nikon D3200). I took pictures here and there on my phone, whether it was scenery, or cars.”

Her camera came with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens and AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 55-200mm Lens.

“I would typically use the 18-55mm lens because it suited my pictures. The bag that held the camera and the lens was big and bulky, and it was not practical. I still use the camera from time to time to shoot.

“I eventually got a GoPro Hero-5! It was not waterproof, but I did enjoy taking fish eyed shots with it when I went on vacation. I was able to download the GoPro app and view the photo before i took the photo, which was a cool feature.”

Victoria then progressed to instant film, and got a Fujifilm Instax mini 75. “The camera is small and it prints the photos after they are taken, which I think is convenient at times.”

During her senior year at Wagner, she decided to fill her last credit with a course that would be challenging and fun at the same time. She chose a photography class.

“We use manual cameras, which means you essentially do everything yourself, without the camera doing it for you. This includes, putting the film into the camera, playing with the lighting and getting it correct, developing the film, and printing the actual picture.

“I use a Minolta SRT 201 with Minotla 28mm F/2.8 lens; my dad is a proud owner of this camera and he was happy to lend it to me for this class. The class would be given an assignment to shoot over the week/weekend and we would have to have it complete by our class time.”

Below, Victoria graciously explained the process:

In a typical class session, we would have to properly taking out the film without exposing it, and going into the darkroom to develop the film. This room is pitch black, no light is allowed in the room – not even your phone – because any little bit of light can expose your film.

“In order to prep, I gather scissors to cut the ends off of each side of the film (very dangerous in a pitch black room). I also have a can opener which is used to open the container holding the film.

“There is also a reel, which you carefully roll the film on and then a container and a lid. So I would open up the container with the can opener, then cut each end of the film, get my reel and roll the film on, then place the reel with the film on it into the container and place the lid on until I hear a click. Only then can the lights be turned on, and a developer, fixer and a stopper have to be properly timed and poured into the container.

“A developer is poured into the container, and has to be in there for 10 minutes at 70 degrees. During this 10 minutes, the container needs to be agitated every 30 seconds for 5 seconds. When the 10 minutes are up, the developer gets thrown out into the drain.

“Then the stop bath is poured into the container for 30 seconds, and the container has to be agitated the entire time. The stop bath is poured back into the jug (it is reusable).

“The fixer is last, which takes about 5 minutes. The container needs to be agitated every 30 seconds for 5 seconds. Once again the fixer goes back into the jug (it is reusable).

“The film is then placed into the wash (large black tube) for 10 minutes. After the wash the film is placed into the PhotoFlo for 30 seconds. The last step of development is drying the film in a cabinet for 30 minutes.

“To print film, a contact sheet needs to be made of the film the pictures were taken on. This allows for me to see how the pictures came out and is easier for me to choose what pictures I want to print.

“To make a print from the film a test strip has to be made, which allows me to get an idea of how long I should set the timer for; the longer the paper is exposed (more time) the darker the picture comes out.

Then the printing of the picture! After the paper is exposed, the paper has to go through the same developing process. Seeing the final product is always exciting!”

Victoria Carriero has a photography page on Instagram. Feel free to follow her and/or contact her for inquiries @Photography__nyc

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