Viewpoint Student Program

The Viewpoint Student Program was created to provide students with an educational resource that gives them valuable industry information, feedback, and support in a semi-professional environment.  Viewpoint is offering a program to help high school and college students grow and build their art, meet other students in their chosen field of study who share their interests, and join a thriving organization dedicated to the photographic arts.

For students interested in becoming a Member of Viewpoint, the annual fee is only $20 and entitles members to attend all monthly Print and Portfolio nights; to submit their work for possible exhibition in the annual Members Show, field trips organized for members and discounted fees for various workshops and travel trips, and invitations to the Member Receptions at each new monthly exhibit.

Program Details:
About the Student Lectures:  Student lectures are intended to supplement a student's school experience by offering talks and demonstrations on areas of photographic interest, topics and techniques.  Lectures and demonstrations are given by people experienced in their field.  Viewpoint strives to make these lectures relevant to areas of study.  Suggestions for speakers are always welcome.

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Lectures and Critiques are free and take place at Viewpoint.

STUDENT LECTURES · 7:00-9:00 p.m.




STUDENT CRITIQUE: Sunday, March 5, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m 

Students may bring up to 5 prints or 5 digital images on a flash drive to Viewpoint for an opportunity to meet with members who will provide constructive feedback on the images.  Comments will be focused on both content and technical elements and students are encouraged to have a dialog with members to enhance the feedback they receive.

Students are requested to sign up by March 1st by emailing Diana Proctor at

FIELD TRIP:  Sunday, February 26, (Meeting place: Crocker Art Museum), 10:45 a.m.--CROCKER ART MUSEUM, DOCENT LED TOUR OF “TWO VIEWS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANSEL ADAMS AND LEONARD FRANK”  The images in this exhibit were all taken in the 1940's in the Japanese internment camps.  Students must sign up no later than February 20, as the tour is limited to 20 students.  The first 10 students who sign up will enjoy the benefit of having the $8.00 fee paid by the Student Program. Sign up by emailing Diana Proctor at


For this year's student exhibit, Viewpoint offers a juried exhibit entitled “Street Stories.”  The exhibit will run from May 9 – June 3, 2017.  The Call for Entries opens on March 1, 2017 and closes at 5:00 pm on Saturday April 8, 2017. There are no entry fees and students may submit up to 3 images.  The Prospectus and Submittal Requirements are available on the Viewpoint website under Exhibits > Call for Entry. Cash awards will be offered for this exhibit: 1st Place: $150, 2nd Place: $100, 3rd Place: $75. Should you have any questions about the exhibit, please direct them to Diana Proctor via e-mail:



Jim Klein's lecture will include some of the details and highlights of good composition from a fresh perspective. 

Jim's comments: "Many rules for composition we already seem to know, though if we were asked to say what they are, we may have a hard time articulating them.  This is where the principles of Gestalt can provide some insights."

"In 1910, a German psychologist had an insight when he observed a series of lights flashing on and off at a railroad crossing. It was similar to how the lights encircling a movie theater marquee flash on and off.  To the observer, it appeared as if a single light moves around the marquee, traveling from bulb to bulb, when in reality it’s a series of bulbs turning on and off and the lights don’t move it all.
This insight led a group of psychologists to study how we look at the world, and what rules our brain follows in perceiving the world.  The “rules” of visual perception are ones we intuitively use each time we snap a picture.  Gestalt Theory relies primarily on the idea people observe the world “holistically”.  That is, we make sense of what we see by automatically reducing the image to simple figures or relationships among the elements.  A set of rules was developed by these psychologists to explain how the brain does this.  These are the rules we can learn to create better compositions for our photographs."

In this presentation, Jim will explain these simple rules and show how they are used in photographs, many of which are by twentieth century master photographers.  You may not become one of these “master photographers” after learning about Gestalt theory, but you should get just a little closer.


Jim has enjoyed shooting with his DSLR starting with the Canon 10D, and has experimented in such genres as nature and landscape, abstract, street photography, and everyday scenes and subjects.  His photographs have been accepted in several State Fair shows, KVIE’s Art Auctions, SFAC’s Magnum Opus, the Blue Line photography show, the Crocker Art Auction and Color Magazine.  Jim has given presentations on photography topics, given a workshop at Viewpoint, written photography articles for the Viewpoint newsletter, and juried club photography competitions.


For this student lecture, noted nature photographer, Lewis Kemper, will share some of his techniques and tips for creating better compositions; how to work with ambient light, area locations for good viewing and much more. 


Lewis Kemper has been photographing the natural beauty of North America, and its parklands for over 30 years. During his extensive travels, he has been to 47 states from Alaska to Florida.   His work has been exhibited and published in magazines, books, and calendars worldwide.

Before moving west, he received a BA in Fine Art Photography from the George Washington University in 1976. The grandeur of the west beckoned and Lewis moved to Yosemite National Park, where he lived for 11 years. From 1978 until 1980, he worked at The Ansel Adams Gallery. Working at the gallery gave him the opportunity to meet, observe and learn from some of the greatest photographers of our time. “The experience of working at The Ansel Adams Gallery was very influential in my development as a photographer”, he states.

His work has been published in numerous books including publications by The Sierra Club, The National Geographic Society, Little and Brown, APA Insight Guides, Prentice Hall, and Hyperion Books. His pictures have appeared in calendars published by Audubon, The Sierra Club, The Mono Lake Coalition, Self Realization Foundation, Golden Turtle Press, The Sierra Press, Day Dream Calendars, Avalanche Publishing, Browntrout, The Nature Conservancy, Tide-Mark Press and others. His work has appeared in magazines that include: Backpacker, Women’s Sports and Fitness, The Walking Magazine, Sierra, Motorland, Terre Sauvage, Environmental Protection Magazine, National Wildlife, National Geographic Traveler, American Photographer, View Camera, Digital Photo, Camera Arts, Shutterbug, and Outdoor Photographer.

Lewis has taught photography for many organizations including Palm Beach Photographic Centre, Santa Fe Workshops, Light Photographic Workshops, Aspen Workshops and He is the author of “The Yosemite Photographer’s Handbook”,  and “The Yellowstone Photographer’s Handbook.” He was the photographer for “Ancient Ancestors of the Southwest”, published by Graphic Art Center. His latest publications, two photography guides, are apps for SNAPPGuides;  “Photographing Yosemite” and “Photographing Yellowstone” Lewis photographs in color using Canon digital cameras and 4 x 5 cameras and is a Canon Explorer of Light Emeritus.. 

Examples of his work and more about him can be found on his website:

D NEATH: MARKETING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY, April 20, 2017 -  7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

D Neath will discuss how to market through galleries including how to find appropriate gallery representation, how to approach a gallery and how to self-market work.  She will also cover the importance of marketing through social media and how to send a press release.


D. Oldman Neath is the owner and curator of Archival Framing and Director of Archival Gallery.  She is one of the founders of Second Saturday and is the Art Curator for KVIE Channel 6 Art Auction in Sacramento. Neath has a long history in the Sacramento art community.  She was previously the Gallery Manager at Solomon Dubnick Gallery for seven years and a three-term president of the Center for Contemporary Art, a founder of the Chalk it Up!  Festival.  She also  is a founder of the American River Salmon Festival. She has served as an art juror in over 20 local art competitions and curates the yearly KVIE Art Auction.  She opened Archival Framing in 1983 and is the director at the Archival Gallery in East Sacramento.



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