Salon Information

sa·lon n. (Fine Arts & Visual Arts / Art Terms)
a. a hall for exhibiting works of art
b. such an exhibition, esp one showing the work of living artists

Part of MVPC’s general meeting is devoted to salons. Each meeting has four salons: Color Topic, Color Open, Monochrome Topic, Monochrome Open. The monthly salons alternate between prints and projected digital images. The topics are determined the previous year by club vote.

In addition MVPC also offers an Educational salon.  The Educational Salon will provide feedback on how to improve an image from one or more experienced club members during Focus Night. The feedback provided may include a demo of possible ways to improve an image.

For more detailed information on entering salons, see the links listed below.

Salon Rules -Updated 7/29/18

To enter monthly salons, go to the ‘For Our Members’ page to upload your images.

MVPC Salon FAQ – Updated July 2018
Judging Overview by Darrell Tangen Jan 2019 (PPT)

How To Resize and Sharpen with Elements – Updated Aug 2017
Image sizing for MVPC digital submissions using Faststone – Updated Aug 2017
How To Resize and Sharpen With PhotoShop – Updated Aug 2017
Resizing Photos with IrfanView
Resize Photos with Corel Paint – PDF
Salon Statistics for 2016-2017 – PDF
Salon Topics for 2018-2019 – PDF

2018 – 2019 Salon Topics

Salon Month Salon Topic Due by Topic Definition
September Digital -Repetition 8/2/18 Any subject showing repetition of lines, shapes, objects, colors etc.
October Print –  Architectural Detail 9/6/18 The image focuses on a portion of or a detail of a building.
November Digital – Texture 10/4/18 Since photographs are two dimensional, texture adds a sense of 3D complexity to them. Textures are an essential part of photography because they add drama, interest, variety, and even levels 0f storytelling to any photo. Textures can really make a black and white image come to life. Present a photo where texture is the main object or provides dimension and interest to the main object.
January Print –  Small Town 12/6/18 Scenic or cityscape of small towns or populated locations, not suburbs, with population fewer than 10,000.
February Digital – Events 1/3/19 Images of guests and occurrences at any event or occasion.  Examples: Parties, family gatherings such as reunions, sporting events, corporate or charity events. Any photographs taken at a City of Eagan event qualify. A person or group of people must clearly be the main subject and a dominant form in the image.
March Print – Night Photography 2/7/19 Anything shot after dark.  Examples: Milky Way, Auroras, sports after dark, skylines, street shots, fair rides, etc.
April Digital –  Birds in Flight 3/7/19 Images of birds in the process of taking off, flying, or landing.  No hand of man.
May Print – Travel 4/4/19 Sell the location of your travel so others want to visit. It’s not just a pretty picture, but rather causes the reader to plan their own travel.  Must tell a story. Alterations to the image are acceptable, but the image must look realistic and no changing the scene or story by cloning things in or not.
June End of Year Competition  5/2/19

2019 – 2020 Salon Topics

Salon Month Salon Topic Due by Follow Rules
September Digital -Feet 8/1/19
October Print –  Feathers 9/5/19
November Digital – Imperfection 10/3/19
January Print –  Backlighting 12/5/19
February Digital – What is This 1/2/20 Altered Reality
March Print – Forest 2/6/20 Nature
April Digital –  Athletic or Sporting Event 3/5/20 Photojournalism
May Print – Off the Beaten Path 4/2/20
June End of Year Competition  5/7/20

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