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.

For more information, contact Diana Proctor at:


Lectures and Critiques are free and take place at Viewpoint.

STUDENT LECTURES · 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

All students are invited to attend Viewpoint’s lectures in our Fall 2018 Student Lecture Series. These free lectures are for college and high school students and will be held at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, 2015 J ST.

Attend a student lecture and win a Charles Farmer Print! One lucky attendee at each lecture, determined by random drawing, will receive a free mounted, over-matted print by noted large-format photographer and workshop instructor, Charles Farmer.

Thursday, September 20     CHARLES P. FARMER: Every Picture Tells a Story

There will be time for questions and answers.  Students will come away with new ways of thinking and seeing to make their images more stimulating and engaging. 

Charles Farmer’s photographs are printed with a rare tonal sensitivity that is often made bolder with his unusual emphasis on, and ability to use, visual contrast and design. There is interplay in his photographs between space, shape, line, and form with light and shadow, which always results in a clear, direct and concise visual statement. His obvious keen eye and craftsmanship reaches into his intuitive realm. Charles has developed an ability to surrender to his subjects and to his creative inspiration in order to capture the inner light that we all seek in our images.

Charles studied and practiced his craft over these many years in order to perfect his technique and ability to execute these procedures intuitively. He has been able to seamlessly combine this technically ability with his aesthetic approach and communion with his subject matter. In this way his analytical and logical functions, that we all rely on, become inseparable from his feelings and emotional response to his subject – they all flow intuitively to produce an inspired approach to image making.


Thursday, October 18, 2018     TERRY NATHAN: History of Landscape Photography

Landscape photography occupies a prominent place in the history of photography. In this lecture you will learn about the evolution of landscape photography from the 19th century to today. The basic principles of composition in landscape photography will be presented, which will be highlighted by photographs that range from the ethereal to the majestic to the haunting. Iconic works by Timothy O’Sullivan, Ansel Adams, Robert Adams, and Edward Burtynsky are among those that will enlighten, rouse, and inspire.

Terry Nathan is a professor in the Art-Science Fusion and Atmospheric Science Programs at UC Davis, where he teaches “Photography: Bridging Art and Science,” as well as several courses on atmospheric fluid mechanics. He also teaches landscape photography workshops at Lassen National Park, history of photography classes at the Crocker Art Museum, and classes on composition and critiquing photographs at the Viewpoint Photographic Art Center. He is currently writing a book titled, “Meteorology and Photography: A Symbiotic and Historical Relationship.” Terry’s photographic work spans landscape, architecture, documentary, and art/science fusion. His work has been shown in numerous juried exhibitions and he has published in a variety of international magazines and other print and electronic media. His images and articles have appeared in Sierra Heritage, Nature Photographer, Sacramento Magazine, Black and White Magazine, Weatherwise, The Remodeler’s Journal, Architectural Stone and Landscape Design Magazine, and Sacramento Home.


Thursday, November 15, 2018    DONALD SATTERLEE: Location Lighting Possibilities 

Donald Satterlee will present a talk on Location Lighting Possibilities focusing on different location lighting setups to create different effects and moods.  He will also discuss working at different times of day, using reflectors and fill in flash techniques.

Don Satterlee has worked as a commercial photographer in Sacramento for over 40 years. He has his own studio and was a partner in the Poinski/Satterlee Gallery. He produces many of the images seen in ads, brochures, annual reports and billboards around Northern California. His passion for photography bridges both professional and personal interests.  Images from some of his personal work have been included in Inside the City, Land Park News and Sacramento Magazine. Don has had one-man shows at Elliot Fouts Gallery, SMUD Atrium Gallery, California State Capitol Gallery and others.




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Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is the proud recipient of a SMAC Cultural Arts Award grant.

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