Happy New Year!  We just completed the second year here at the Grace Project and it was wonderful!  We learned so many new things, and we saw so much growth.

This year, we are trying something new to keep us creative and inspired in our daily and weekly shooting, where we can apply everything we've learned in a beautiful and fun way.  We will be focusing on color all year long!   

Each month, a color will be announced.  Over the course of the month, you should try to find that color in all different places and ways, using different techniques and perspectives.  Shoot from above and below, in wide angle and macro.  Perhaps play with freelensing!  Consider your subject and make sure you mix it up.  Shoot a landscape, a flower, or a flat lay.  Think about food photography, or try your hand at street photography.  A self-portrait would be fun to include every month too!  None of these are requirements; we simply want to have a varied set of images all month long.  

By the end of the month, we will present a grid of nine images, where we consider processing to make the images cohesive.  Also consider where you place each of the nine images to make the grid as strong as possible.  

So what better way to kick off the new year, and a new year long project, than the color White!

Denise Laurinaitis Grace Defined Photography Color Challenge White

White is the color of new beginnings, purity and innocence.  It is about wiping the slate clean, and  is a color of protection and encouragement, creating a sense of calm and peace.  So let's start our 2018 year-long project in a new, peaceful and clean way!  

As you'll see from the grid above, sometimes an image on its own doesn't scream white.  For example, white is not the predominant color in the image of the tall golden grass on the top right.  However, when it's paired with other white images, we understand that we are emphasizing the snow on the grass rather than the grass itself.  So remember to think about these things when gathering your images.

Additionally, please consider your processing and especially your white balance.  White is a difficult color to get consistent, so proper white balance is a must.  If you like your white a little warmer, make sure all images are warmer.  If you like your white on the cool side, again, please be consistent.  You want your grid to be pleasing the eye and part of that is color consistency.

I hope you found this information helpful.  Please remember to post your images to the appropriate album on Facebook no later than January 31, 2018.  The album is located here:  January 2018.  

I look forward to seeing your work.  

Finally, if you have not yet joined, please consider visiting the Grace Project and join today.

Now let's get this color party started!

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