Malinda Hartong, Photojournalist/Instructor, Greater Cincinnati Ohio area + Travel 513-245-4100
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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…
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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…
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Shoot First – Edit Later

Whether you’re using a smart phone or other camera, I always recommend get the best detail in your image in straight color with no extra filters first. You can always edit it later, and create a wide variety of looks from any image.
Here are a few tips I follow every time I’m shooting, no matter what it is.

  1. Walk around or move your camera around your subject to find the best background. Using a smart phone up close to your subject includes an interesting background.
    To reduce distractions in a busy background, zoom in with a “big” camera.
  2. FOCUS! You might think it goes without saying but many folks don’t know they can adjust focus on their phones simply by touching on their subject on the screen before taking photos.
  3. EXPOSURE – many apps and cameras have exposure adjustments to help you get the shot YOU want to take instead of the camera’s “happy medium” average exposure. This varies with each type of camera. If you’re using an iPhone, try touching anywhere on the screen and slide your finger up/down.
  4. Skip the filters! If I get a great shot – I want it in color, even if I’m going to make a black & white from it later. My favorite app has color filters just like in the old days to make certain colors appear lighter or darker – really amazing for both landscapes & for people! If I shoot it in black and white IN CAMERA I’ve lost that major feature of my editing app!
    Edit Later! I love editing on my iPad.

Check out more about that and our upcoming On the Go Photo Workshops for in-depth shooting & editing classes using any smart phone or tablet.

On the Go Workshops

If you’re using a “big camera”, you might want an SD card reader

Photos on the Go Smart Phone Photography Workshops - Great Parks of Hamilton County Parks led by Freelance Photojournalist & Photo Instructor Malinda Hartong, Hartong Digital Media llc. Various apps and lenses allow you to create amazing photos when you shoot for detail and in color without filters - Samsung Galaxy, iPhone, Android, iPad, and more.  © Malinda Hartong, Hartong Digital Media llc.

Shot on Nikon SLR, edited on iPad. © Malinda Hartong, Hartong Digital Media llc.

from Apple to import your photos onto iPad.

Photos on the Go Smart Phone Photography Workshops - Great Parks of Hamilton County Parks led by Freelance Photojournalist & Photo Instructor Malinda Hartong, Hartong Digital Media llc. Various apps and lenses allow you to create amazing photos when you shoot for detail and in color without filters - Samsung Galaxy, iPhone, Android, iPad, and more.  © Malinda Hartong, Hartong Digital Media llc.

I shot this in color with iPhone6 , edited on iPad, and printed a beautiful 16×20 at MPix. © Malinda Hartong, Hartong Digital Media llc.

Photos on the Go Smart Phone Photography Workshops - Great Parks of Hamilton County Parks led by Freelance Photojournalist & Photo Instructor Malinda Hartong, Hartong Digital Media llc. Various apps and lenses allow you to create amazing photos when you shoot for detail and in color without filters - Samsung Galaxy, iPhone, Android, iPad, and more.  © Malinda Hartong, Hartong Digital Media llc.

You can even make a tinted look on iPad with a free app. © Malinda Hartong, Hartong Digital Media llc.

Photos on the Go Smart Phone Photography Workshops - Great Parks of Hamilton County Parks led by Freelance Photojournalist & Photo Instructor Malinda Hartong, Hartong Digital Media llc. Various apps and lenses allow you to create amazing photos when you shoot for detail and in color without filters - Samsung Galaxy, iPhone, Android, iPad, and more.  © Malinda Hartong, Hartong Digital Media llc.

Get detail in the photo first, then add saturation and adjust later. © Malinda Hartong, Hartong Digital Media llc.

Photos on the Go Smart Phone Photography Workshops - Great Parks of Hamilton County Parks led by Freelance Photojournalist & Photo Instructor Malinda Hartong, Hartong Digital Media llc. Various apps and lenses allow you to create amazing photos when you shoot for detail and in color without filters - Samsung Galaxy, iPhone, Android, iPad, and more.  © Malinda Hartong, Hartong Digital Media llc.

Avoid adding filters when shooting – if you press the little 3 circle icon on the iPhone (here bottom left in landscape orientation), choose NONE in the center to avoid adding a filter when shooting your photo © Malinda Hartong, Hartong Digital Media llc.

 

 

4 Star Cincinnati Photo Walk

Limited time! Now through July 18, 2015 only!
wwpw_hartong009Family & Friends 4 Star Photo Walk!
Bring any camera & meet me downtown for a group photo walk with up to 4 family/friends. Learn cool pro photo tips for your smart phone, point & shoot, or any other camera. I have handouts for most popular camera models, including iPhone.
Choose a special location:
  • Fountain Square – meet me near Graeter’s Ice Cream – and try some – it’s amazing! Their candies are delish too – amazing dark chocolate. 511 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
  • Smale Riverfront Park – meet me by Moerlein Lager House – park below on Mehring Way for easy access to all the attractions nearby. 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
  • Covington’s Riverside Street – gorgeous views of Cincinnati’s skyline. Meet me at George Rogers Clark Park
$199 no additional travel fees required for up to 4. Book below with PayPal or any credit card – just click a day. Cancellation fee of $25 if cancelled at least 24 hours before appointment.


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.

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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. http://www.flickr.com/groups/ohio_river_walk/

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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