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 Spring 2018 Student Lecture Series. These free lectures are for college and high school students and will be held at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center.

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, 2/15 LINDA CLARK JOHNSON: 
Alternate Cyanotype Printing

Description: Linda strives to create artwork that is atmospheric, layered and intriguing, and quietly celebrates the beauty of the natural world. Her mixed-media pieces are cyanotype-based. She prints with natural plant materials outdoors in the sun. Cyanotype prints are typically a deep Prussian blue. In her current work she is pushing the limits of the process and altering the traditional color by changing exposure times, adding extra chemicals, and using eco-printing techniques. She further alters her prints with watercolor, graphite, acrylic, colored pencil, ink, or collage as if they are paintings to achieve desired results.

There is an element of mystery with each new piece and the process of creating these works fascinates her as much as the product! She joyfully experiments with new materials, works through logistical challenges, and comes up with her own techniques. The phrase "what if?" is one of her favorites!

Bio: Linda Clark Johnson is a mixed-media artist and teacher living, working and exhibiting in Sacramento. Her work focuses on cyanotype printing, an alternative photographic process from the 1840's. She draws inspiration from the natural world, especially plant forms and shadows, to create her unique "altered cyanotype" prints.

Before focusing on art full time in 2015, Linda earned a BA in Art and enjoyed being a graphic designer and schoolteacher. Linda is often described as "a natural teacher" -- energetic, enthusiastic, and organized. She has taught art to adults and children for years and holds an MA in the Arts in Education from CSU Sacramento. She currently teaches workshops in the Sacramento area and beyond.

See Linda's cyanotype portfolio at:

Thursday, March 15   JOHN HERNANDEZ AND ELLIOTT JOHNSON: Transitioning from Student to Professional

Description: John Hernandez and Elliott Johnson will share with you the paths they’ve taken after completing degrees in Photography to become professional photographers.  This will be an opportunity to learn about the ups and downs and different approaches they have experienced.  What has worked for each of them, what didn’t work out as planned, and what they each consider to be critical decisions along their paths. The format will be informal and will provide ample opportunities for asking questions.

John G. Hernandez is a professional senior high school portrait photographer, a free-lance photojournalist, and wedding photographer based in Sacramento. He received his degree in Photojournalism at San Francisco State University in 2009. If not photographing for work, he spends his time doing his favorite hobby – Street Photography. He takes his camera with him everywhere; always ready to press the shutter trigger. Un-posed, his subjects are often unaware that he has already taken a photograph, and if they did, are too late to give him a smile or to hide one. He enjoys the thrill of capturing the unscripted connections between people and the environment they move in. He has photographed from the busy streets of San Francisco to the quiet suburbs of Elk Grove. In February 2017, he showed a collection of his color street photographs at the Sacramento Viewpoint Gallery, entitled Grounded: The Street Photography of Casey Le Clair and John Hernandez.

Elliott Johnson:  Ever since Elliott used paper route money to help him take his first South Pacific flight to Samoa at the age of 12, he has loved working and traveling.  He graduated from McClatchy High School in Sacramento in 1989, he relocated to San Luis Obispo and spent the next several years working, surfing and traveling the world.  After finding a passion for photography, he attended to Cal Poly and graduated with a BS degree in Photography and Digital Imaging in 2000.

After graduating, Elliott opened a studio in San Luis Obispo and shot a variety of jobs.  Starting out, it was necessary to shoot everything from product in the studio to families on the beach. Architecture, product on location and environmental portraiture soon became his favorite subjects. Elliott feels extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to work for a variety of local and national businesses.  Relying on the visual elements of light and composition combined with trained technical precision, Elliott now primarily focuses on shooting catalog work for a major international client both in the studio and on location.  He loves the process of collaborating with clients and being involved with a project from conception to completion.  After working as a photographer for over 15 years, Elliott has never been more about the photographic process, accepting each new project as a learning experience and opportunity to improve his craft.

APRIL 2018 is Photography Month Sacramento and several college campuses will be hosting special events.  Details will be provided at a later date.

The Crocker Art Museum and Viewpoint will host a juried Student Exhibit at the Crocker Art Museum April 5-29, 2018 as a part of Photography Month Sacramento. The Call for Entries opened December 1, 2017 and closed January 28, 2018.  There are no entry fees and students may submit up to 3 digital images. Students whose work has been selected for the exhibition will need to have their images delivered to Viewpoint in March. Visit the Viewpoint website under Student Program for more information.

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 dialogue with members to enhance the feedback they receive. Students are requested to sign up by March 15, 2018 by emailing Diana Proctor at


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