Malinda Hartong, Photojournalist/Instructor, Greater Cincinnati Ohio area + Travel 513-245-4100
Malinda Hartong, Hartong Digital Media Photo Workshops

Moving subjects – switch to CONTINUOUS focus mode – constantly adjusts & tracks subject as you 1/2 press shutter button.

Fix Focus On Your Digital SLR Nikon Camera

Factory settings for can be confusing and very frustrating when it comes to focus on a Nikon Digital SLR Camera, and explaining what all 3 buttons do together can get a little complicated but here goes. Hopefully afterward you’ll be able to change them to suit your subject and get more successful shots. It just takes some practice…


Fix Focus On Your Digital SLR Canon Camera

Factory settings can be confusing and very frustrating when it comes to focusing your Canon DSLR, and explaining what all 3 buttons do together can get a little complicated but here goes. Hopefully afterward you’ll be able to change them to suit your subject and get more successful shots. It just takes practice…

PHOTOS on the GO

Smart Phone Photo Workshop
July 9 7–9 p.m.
Glenwood Gardens
$45 with e-book filled with photo tips & editing tricks

iphonography-hartong1Bring your smart phone (iPhone, iPad, iPod, Samsung, Android) – learn tips and tricks to get great images, favorite universal apps for easy and amazing photo editing, how to import photos from computer or camera, and cool ways to share and back up photos! Program is for ages 15 and up. Glenwood Gardens/Gardenview Room. Keep reading for some really cool tips to keep in mind when shooting images with your phone.


Photographing Waterfalls without a Tripod

20150504 Sharon Woods Park Nature Photography walk, waterfall, wildflowers, Hamilton County, Cincinnati, DSLR how to take nature photographs, camera lesson. ©Malinda Hartong, Hartong Digital Media llc.

Sharon Woods Park ©Malinda Hartong

Gearing up for Photographing Landscapes on May 16, here are some TIPS: slow shutter speed makes water even more beautiful, but I didn’t have a tripod with me. Here are tricks I use when I want to shoot a slow speed without a tripod (confession – I rarely if ever use a tripod, except for fireworks): (more…)

Butler County Challenger Baseball

It was a pleasure to spend an hour at Crawford Woods cheering on Butler County Challengers Baseball Organization while they played ball on Sunday May 3, their opening day for their 2015 season. They survive with donations.
To view metadata for the photos, visit the Flickr album. Shot with Nikon D600 with 18-35mm lens, SB500 flash; as well as D610 with 70-300mm ED lens in A mode, f5.6. Quick toning in Lightroom 5.

Well, it happened. iPhoto has been replaced. The new app, Photos, is available with an OS X update. It’s very similar to the iPad & iPhone app – making the Mac even more like your mobile devices.

Here are some tips right out of the gate to get you started. (more…)

atfd-mh4743After 20 years of photojournalism, photographers develop relationships with people we see all the time, especially firefighters and police where Glenn & I are concerned. We’ve shared their triumphs as well as their tragedies, honored to use our skills to document what they go through as they serve their communities.

Mourning Loss of Firefighter Paramedic Kevin Ollier, Sept 12 2014

These images are often hard to make, but they should be. It’s difficult to see your friends greave and still work to make the best images you possibly can.

I’ve posted over 50 images of those images to share with our fire family, as well as their communities.

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wwpw_hartong0132014 Worldwide Photo Walk Schedule

8/11/2014: Open Walker Registration 

Register for our Covington Historic neighborhood/Riverfront/Skyline walk here.

Register Now for WWPW 2014

Check out photos from this route from 2011 here.

10/03/2014: Leader Registration Deadline
Once you have been approved to lead a walk, you must choose an area and register the walk by October 3, 2014

10/11/2014: Walker Registration Deadline
Walkers will be able to register for a photo walk up until the day of the walk. This will let walk leaders take into account same day signups.

The Worldwide Photo Walk: 10/11/2014

We’ll meet in front of the Marriott RiverCenter by 8:45am. At 9 am we’ll walk along the river with views of the Roebling Suspension Bridge, then Riverside Drive along the river, back along 2nd Street, then grab some lunch around noon.

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10/11/2014: Walker Photo Upload Opens
Walkers will be able to upload their best image to their city page on the Worldwide Photo Walk website starting October 11, 2014

10/27/2014: Walker Photo Contest Deadline
The deadline for walkers to upload images for their city walk page is 12:00 noon Eastern Time on October 27, 2014

10/31/2014: Walker Winner Selection Deadline
Photo walk leaders will need to pick the winner of their local photo walk by 12:00 noon Eastern Time on October 31, 2014

11/01/2014: Leader Competition Opens on Flickr
Photo Walk Leaders will have a separate competition where we can select one of the best images of that group. Walk leaders can submit their best image starting November 1, 2014 via Flickr

11/03/2014: Grand Prize and Finalist Winners Announced
Scott Kelby’s choices for the Grand Prize Winner and 10 Finalists will be announced on November 3, 2014

11/07/2014: Leader Competition Submission Deadline
Photo Walk Leaders that are participating in the competition will have until 12:00 noon Eastern Time on November 7, 2014 to submit their best image

11/17/2014: People’s Choice Competition Opens
All participants in the photo walk can start voting for their favorite images in the People’s Choice Competition on November 17, 2014

11/19/2014: Leader Competition Winner Announced
The winner of the Leader Competition will be announced on November 19, 2014

11/21/2014: People’s Choice Voting Closes
The deadline for people to vote for their favorite images in the People’s Choice Competition is 12:00 noon Eastern Time on November 21, 2014

11/21/2014: People’s Choice Winner Announced
The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced on November 21, 2014


Cincinnati Magazine Creative List

I’m so excited to be featured by Cincinnati Magazine in their post on the Top 5 Places to Get Creative in Cincinnati.
I feel so blessed to share my passion for photography with all of you! Mission accomplished with all the great feedback after the latest DSLR Beyond Auto Workshop at Clifton Cultural Arts Center yesterday, and a fabulous 1-1 lesson after that with “new camera parents”. They went from absolute beginners to pretty confidently taking great photos of each other in 2 hours. It doesn’t get better than that! I can’t wait for the next lessons and classes. Spring will be arriving soon – Who’s excited?!

Upcoming Photography Classes

Private Camera Lessons – indoors or outdoors, your location or ours.
Digital SLR Quick & Easy – Loveland – Sat March 22
Digital SLR Beyond Auto Mode – Clifton – April 5-19 – Saturday Mornings
Editing Photos with iPad – Evendale – Mon April 28, 7-9pm

Painting photos with ipad app

Painting photos with ipad app

retouching and painting photos with ipad

photo before painting with ipad


clifton-mapI’m excited to announce new photo workshops for 2014! I’m adding a few workshops at Clifton Cultural Arts Center & Grailville in Loveland. Here’s what’s coming up for early 2014:

Digital SLR Beyond Auto Mode

Our Winter sessions of this workshop are 3 Saturday mornings from 10am – 12:30pm for just $125. We include time to practice before the end of class, trying the settings we’ve discussed during that class.

January 11-25 – Evendale Cultural Arts Center

February 8-22 – Clifton Cultural Arts Center (see map) Register here for Clifton’s February Session, $125
Register Now for Clifton workshop

Photographing Children

January 8-22, 2014 – Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 4-5pm. Join me for this 1st session at a special introductory price of just $59. This workshop is geared to parents trying to make better images of their kiddos, whether using a Point & Shoot or SLR camera.
Register Now

iPad & iPhone for Seniors & New Users

February 4, 11:30-1:30pm, Clifton Cultural Arts Center. Jump into iPad & iPhone with this 2 hour class geared to new users & seniors. Just $49
Register Now

Digital SLR Quick & Easy

Grailville in Loveland – so excited about having 300 acres to explore in nice weather! Our 1st chance is March 22. Cross your fingers for great weather!

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Glenn’s photo walk is posted. Here’s a shot from last year’s group.This year he’s following roughly the same idea as mine (which is full with a long waiting list).

Cincinnati World Wide Photo Walk with Glenn Hartong, Cincinnati Enquirer Photographer

When: October 5, 2013. Meet at 9am.

Where: The Banks, Smale Riverfront Park by the Suspension Bridge

Cost: Parking & lunch. No charge for the photo walk.

Why: It’s Fun to take photos of downtown. We’ll be answering your questions (& shooting you shooting) along the way.

For photos from last year, visit Glenn’s Flickr group here 

Malinda’s group photos from 2012.

Details: Please visit this World Wide Photo Walk 2013 post for full details.

About Glenn Hartong

20130619-6773 This could take a whole blog by itself. Let’s just say “hubby” is a busy photographer & video producer, with 20 plus years of DAILY photo & video experience, shooting EVERYTHING from horrific tragedy to kindergartners at play – sometimes within an hour of each other.

Been there, done it all. He shoots Canons at work and Nikons at home. He can answer about ANY photo related question you can throw his way – from studio to sports. He has so many news & video awards (Emmy nomination), he only has room to put up the 1st place ones, and not even all of them. His photo credits start with National Geographic and span the globe, literally, from NY Times to Washington Post to … well, you get the picture. He’s ‘capable’ and FUN! Plus he loves to teach as much as I do.

All Photographers are welcome to walk

All Welcome! Absolute beginner to Professionals!

Walk & shoot at your own pace. You can bring friends or family if you like. Photographers only need to register.

We’ll be scattering in the area of The Banks for lunch afterward. Please stay tuned here, facebook, and our Walk pages for updates. You must be signed up as a photographer, not on waiting list, to receive walk update emails.

Your contact information is not made public. We don’t even see it.

World Wide Photo Walk Cincinnati with Glenn Hartong

World Wide Photo Walk Cincinnati with Glenn Hartong


Just Keep Shooting

I’ve photographed countless butterflies going about the business of hunting for their next meal. And I just keep shooting. With unpredictable subjects (almost everything right!?), you just keep at it and hope for the best.

Yes, being prepared and setting your camera helps too.

butterfly flying on the next butterfly bush at the park

ISO 400. f 3.5, 1/2500. ©MHartong