Picture Black and White

A 60 day, 30 prompt guided photo exploration into the magic & mystery of monochromatic photography

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In her signature poetic and playful style, Tracey Clark shares unique photo prompts to inspire and challenge you to picture the world around you in a whole new light; this time with a monochromatic twist.

Picture Black and White is a creative and inspiring 60 day photo project, where 30 photo prompts are sent directly to your inbox every other day. This slower paced delivery allows for more time to study, shoot, and savor each prompt. Each week will begin with a theme video from Tracey, followed by 5 prompts focused on that weekly theme, to creatively guide you as capture compelling imagery, using the muse of a monochromatic pallet. All new photo editing tutorials will demonstrate ways to convert / process your images from color to black and white, using various techniques, editing tools, and apps. What you’ll find is that the study and practice of shooting without color as your guide will change the way you see your subject, approach your work, and help improve your photography skills, resulting in a refreshed creative vision.

Part encouragement, part inspiration, part empowerment, Picture Black and White provides the perfect opportunity to capture compelling and creatively composed black and white images alongside a community of fellow Picture Series participants.

Here's what to look forward to:

  • 60 days to shoot, study, and savor the creation of black and white images together, cameras in hand (1/27/20 - 3/27/20)
  • 30 inspiring black and white photo prompts (delivered to your inbox every other day & also accessible online)
  • Weekly videos introducing and illustrating the various themes of the prompts
  • Photo processing tutorial videos to help inform and inspire your editing / conversion process
  • A private posting gallery and message boards within the Teachable online classroom platform to share your work and to view and comment on the work of other participants
  • An inspiring way of picturing the world around you in a whole new light

Come make some monochromatic magic as we Picture Black and White together!

In praise of The Picture Series:

“The Picture Series absolutely changed my photography and encouraged me to experiment and learn among a wonderful group. I enjoyed every class I took. You created a very special community and inspiring content, Tracey - thank you!”

"These prompts are a bit like intention setting. I read them early in the morning and they give me a focus for the rest of my day, and help me see things I otherwise might have missed. I love it!"

“I've always enjoyed your classes, your style of taking pictures, your teaching!”

"Tracey, thank you so much for your daily prompts. and exquisite photos! They gave me so much inspiration not just for photography, but in every aspect of my life."

Your Instructor

Tracey Clark
Tracey Clark

Photographing the beauty of everyday life for over 25 years has continued to fuel Tracey's passion for sharing the insights and inspirations she’s gathered along her creative journey. Creator of The Picture Series, author of Elevate the Everyday: A Photographic Guide to Picturing Motherhood, co-author of Expressive Photography: A Shutter Sisters Guide to Shooting From the Heart, and founder of Shutter Sisters, she enjoys telling stories by weaving pictures and words together. Tracey lives in sunny Southern California with her family and emphatically believes that perspective—and love—changes everything. Follow along on her daily Instagram adventures at @traceyclark or find her at TraceyClark.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does Picture Black and White begin and end?
It begins on Monday, 1/27/20 and ends on Friday, 3/27/20. During this 8 week window, the project can be enjoyed in a shared, classroom-style experience and via every-other-day prompt emails. But keep in mind, you will have access to the content of Picture BW for as long as you'd like, following the end date. This allows you the freedom to continue to participate and/or revisit the content in a self-paced capacity once the initial 8 weeks are over.
Is Picture Black and White a guided project or is it self-paced?
For the first 8 weeks (1/27/20-3/27/20) Picture BW will be guided by Tracey in an online portal/classroom and via emails and is designed to be shared with the community of participants enrolled in the project. You are encouraged to participate in real time but you can also just use the prompts on your own, independently and at your own pace. The choice is yours. Also note that after the first 8 weeks, the content will still be accessible for you to use and/or revisit.
Is the content of Picture Black and White new?
The 30 prompts of Picture Black and White were offered originally at Big Picture Classes. This 2020 project will feature those same prompts, however, there will be new images throughout and all of the weekly theme videos and the photo editing tutorial videos are all new.
What kind of camera can I use for the prompts?
The beauty of The Picture Series projects is that they are not camera specific. Whatever camera you've got is the one you can use and that absolutely includes iPhones or any other camera you have! The whole idea is to get inspired to shoot with whatever camera is making you happy these days and above all else, to enjoy yourself.
What kind of photo editing tools can I use for the project?
Whatever editing tools you have or would like to use. The tutorial videos will cover a variety of options, including editing software and mobile apps. Many of the techniques covered can be easily translated into whatever tools you have.
Is this a technical photography class?
Picture BW is a creative photography project, not a photography class. The Picture Series (Picture BW included) is a series of themed photo-centric prompts to encourage and inspire a consistent photography practice and in turn, a way to see (and picture) your everyday life in a whole new light. While you'll be using your camera (any camera!) as a creative tool for the prompts, technical photography lessons are not a part of the project.
Are refunds available if I'm not enjoying the project?
Yes. If for any reason you aren't enjoying the project, you may request a full refund.
What if I have technical difficulties?
If you are having any tech or admin issues, you can search the Teachable Knowledge Base, contact Teachable directly or email Tracey at [email protected]

Picture Black and White

A 60 day, 30 prompt guided photo exploration into the magic & mystery of monochromatic photography

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