Connect with MALINDA via Chat or Text with our quick buttons. Call 513-245-4100 or email – we’ve got a BUNCH of great workshops coming up. We’d love to help you capture amazing photos THE EASY WAY!
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1 to 1, friends, or custom groups, lessons are designed for your personal experience and gear.
Our favorite spots are Winton Woods or our nearby Studio, Glenwood Gardens, & the village square in Glendale. Or add travel for a small fee.
Learn your camera iPhone to SLR, beginner to Pro levels, Studio, Lighting, Photoshop CC, Lightroom CC, Keynote, Mac Photos, social media speed tips… Schedule Appointment
Factory settings are really frustrating aren’t they!? Check out those photos above from that adorable couple after just 2 hours! I know – 1 lesson and they came back with those image right out of their camera! Awesome, huh? Now it’s your turn…
Tell your camera where YOU want it to FOCUS and how LIGHT or DARK – getting the EXPOSURE YOU want the shot? Plus SUPER EASY BACKGROUND BLUR without any settings! Seriously!!!
You’ll learn Malinda’s quick & easy tricks to capturing great photos, from Portraits to Sports, Family Shots, Nature, Travel and more! iPhone to SLR!
“I was truly impressed… I came to her stuck on AUTO and walked away with the confidence to finally use my camera to create wonderful professional-looking photographs! Malinda’s Photography knowledge and expertise is so vast that she was able to tailor the lesson to my specific camera & photographic interests, making my 1-1 Lesson a very personal and productive experience.” CATHY
"I took that!?" Melanie learned a few easy tips = GORGEOUS Photos!
You'll be Amazed how Easy it really is!
It’s so much easier than you might think! Time to sharpen your camera skills, whether you’re using your iPhone or an SLR!
Learn to take amazing photos of your family, even with a basic camera!
Malinda’s been shooting for decades – distilling pro tricks for Beginners, or taking Advanced Photographers to the next level, there are so many tips and tricks to share! Let’s get started! You can even split 2 lessons with a friend – just book 1 lesson each. Easy! Twice the fun at half the price!
Malinda's classes offer an in depth explanation of all those camera buttons. She offers quick camera tricks and handouts for reference. GREAT teacher, awesome class!
We loved your tips and ideas! So fun to discover an easier way to shoot better photos. The orange diffuser on the flash blew us away....You are awesome.
We had such a great time with Malinda on Saturday for our 1 one 1 class with a friend. We learned so much from her in the 2 hours that we spent with her. I have been taking pictures for years and have always used AUTO. I will never go back to AUTO, I never dreamed I could take such great pictures. I would recommend her to anyone who wants to expanded there camera knowledge she is very friendly and most definitely patience.
I had a private one-on-one + friend photography lesson with Malinda at the park last week. I really love how I can just sit and ask her many questions over the period of 2 hours and get them all answered plus take pictures to get more experience with the camera. I am still new to this and I'm sure I have many more questions but with each lesson and year, I get better. Thanks Malinda!
We had a great time! I was really impressed with how prepared you were, with print outs simplifying the camera functions and examples of photos on your iPad. I think anyone who purchases a DSLR owes it to themselves to invest in an instructor lead class, to be able to utilize all of the wonderful functions of an SLR. Otherwise, might as well buy a point and shoot. Looking forward to our next session!
After working with Malinda in my 1:1 class I feel more able to take "photographer" quality pictures. After sharing some recent shots with her she easily identified several things for me to correct to help enhance the way my pictures turn out. Her advice on how to use my camera was very informative and really enhanced my latest round of photos taken. Malinda also gave me pointers using Photoshop. One pointer in particular will save me hours of wasted time. The class was worth every penny.
Get Started: 1 Lesson
Lessons can cover any topic but here’s what we typically cover for Beginners:
Focus! get your camera to focus where YOU want, not the factory settings that choose for you! Yuck!
1st Button to set – use 1 powerful button to adjust for bright sun, dark indoors, fast action
Tired of the Black Hole look? We have an easy fix!
Flash! when to REALLY use or not use flash – this tip blows everyone’s mind!
Lenses! Which lens to use when – yes there are really cool tricks for this too!
Or get 2X Fun: Bring a friend & split the cost – you get 2 lessons together for $125 each! Just have both friends book 1 lesson. Just let us know when you fill out your appointment form that you’re splitting & doing 2 lessons. 🙂
Remember, lessons are tailored to YOU and Your Experience Level
Book one 2 hour lesson $125 below
$250. $199 for 2 Lessons saves you $50! Both lessons are tailored to you but here’s what we typically cover for Beginners:
All of Lesson 1 PLUS:
Unlocking Your Photo Super Power – Learn how one pro secret can totally transform your photos! Best part – Its EASY with ANY camera, even your cell phone.
Action! How to capture actions shots indoors & out
Focus tips for WAY better composition! Less cropping, better quality images.
Low light – it’s really not that hard!
Gorgeous family photos and portrait tips, plus getting the best images of your travels
Gear recommendations – what to put on your wish list that will work best for YOU.
File management tips – storing all your images
Smart Phone shooting & editing tricks with PDF
Ready to Save $50! This is our most popular solution for huge improvements to your photography. Book by choosing 2 LESSONS PACKAGE, then choose your 1st lesson date/time, then book your 2nd lesson when you’re ready.
$375Just $270. 3 Lessons are the perfect package to spend 2 lessons on your camera & 1 on organizing & editing all those amazing images! If you’re a Beginner, here’s what we typically cover: All of Lessons 1 & 2 Plus!
Tons of camera tips from lessons 1 & 2 plus more practice & questions answered!
Editing & Organizing – from phone to tablet to computer – based on what you use. Recommendations for editing software. Let’s cover what’s best for you & how to make organizing and finding your images much easier!
f-stops & Aperture: pretty blurred backgrounds without “math” – super simple!
(How to Avoid) Manual Mode
More jaw-dropping Flash & Settings controls
Your Special Interests – performances, macro, wildlife,… what’s your passion?
3 lessons are also perfect to get a great handle on editing – especially if you’re using Lightroom/Photoshop– check out this blog post
SAVE $105. Choose our 3 LESSONS PACKAGE $270, then choose your date/time for your 1st lesson. You can book your 2nd & 3rd lesson when you’re ready. We recommend 2-3 weeks between lessons.
our Studio near Winton Woods – indoor and/or outdoor. Everyone LOVES the porch & pond on beautiful days.
Winton Woods Harbor – outdoor action, beautiful views of the lake
Glenwood Gardens – gorgeous scenery & gardens,
the quaint village square in Glendale (mmm Bluebird Bakery! & trains!).
These 4 locations are our “Go To” – you just need a Great Parks vehicle pass for the parks.
Of course we’ll meet you at your favorite location – perfect for learning where you work, play & live!
Quote based on time & miles, typically only $30 for most of the area. We love the riverfront! We do have a Zoo pass 🙂 if you’re up for an adventure…
Save yourself time & money – get the right camera/lenses for you – the 1st time! Not only will we be happy to help with suggestions, we have contacts with reputable helpful folks that won’t steer you into something that doesn’t suit your needs. Beware shopping at large online sites where you may spend money on a wrong lens/camera combination that won’t work or get gear without a USA warranty. Seriously! We’re always happy to help get what’s best for you – the first time! Check out this blog post on choosing the right style of camera for you.
Our studio: indooors + outdoors
Winton Lake + Harbor
Girlfriends Lesson, Glenwood Gardens
* We’ve simplified REGISTRATION to help you get signed up easily. Keep an eye on your email – we’ll send you a link for more information before your lesson so we can better serve you and help answer your questions
* 2 hours per lesson – just enough to get in-depth tips but not too much to be overwhelming.
* 1-2 weeks between lessons is recommended to keep your new knowledge fresh and build on it. Please keep lessons no more than 3 weeks apart for best results.
* Also available are All day, 2 day weekend, or half-day – just ask. Great for out-of-town visitors or longer drives.
* Bring friends – create your own custom group class. Our studio can accommodate up 8 vehicles & 12 people. Malinda will create a custom link so you can split cost. Just ask if you have any questions – we’re happy to help!
* Travel. Available to you or your favorite location based on time/miles. Typical cost ~$30 per lesson.
* Handouts relate to your camera/software! Be sure to send us your camera model & brief gear list before your lesson.
* Beginners: We recommend your 1st experience be 2-3 lessons so you have time to practice and come back with questions, spreading out all the info.
* Coupons. If you have a coupon code, just enter it at checkout. Discounts & savings codes are not valid on previous packages or purchases. Watch our Facebook page & other social (Instagram, twitter – @HartongDigital, sign up for our VIP Newsletter at the bottom, & refer friends, …
* Referral Rewards! Ask about sharing with family & friends – you save & they save. 🙂
* VIP CLIENTS are family! After joining a Beyond Auto workshop or booking 2 lessons, you get VIP status = access to our Flickr group, special links & bonus eBooks, gatherings, and then some! Plus a link to special VIP Client lessons with exclusive savings – follow up and continue learning more!
* Reschedule. Accepted for emergencies, or changes at least 48 hours prior. If you’d like an appointment outside our normal hours, please contact Malinda directly. We’ll confirm weather & location a day or so before your lesson. We can meet at the studio if it’s raining…
* Lesson Packages are Non-Refundable but are able to be transferred to another person. No exchanges for other services other than camera classes or lessons for same amount. That said, we do guarantee you’ll learn lots of amazing things!
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I'm Malinda Hartong, Freelance Photojournalist and I've been living life behind glass for several decades. Glenn Hartong, my husband (Photojournalism Instructor with 27 years news experience), and I LOVE sharing our extensive knowledge with all ages, experience levels. We keep it SIMPLE!
Private Lessons are available 6 days/week, various hours based on time of year and schedule. Any age. Beginner to Pro. All Photography, Mac topics, from simple basics to iPhone to advanced studio lighting, studio and posing to editing. Virtual Lessons also available anywhere in the US via phone or computer. Choose a package of 2 or 3 lessons and save!
Gift Certificates for Camera Lessons make amazing gifts for any age. A gift that keeps giving with amazing photos as a result.
Classes: Beyond AUTO offers simple steps to learn focus, exposure, flash, and more with your SLR, Mirrorless, or Adv Point and Shoot camera, 6 sessions/year. Lightroom and Photoshop classes are held each Spring and Fall. Speaking available for your group.
Locations: Our studio is near Winton Woods. Our favorite locations for Lessons are Winton Lake, Glenwood Gardens, Glendale, and our studio, but we're available for travel. We also teach workshops at ProCam off Beechmont and I-275.
Monthly Photo Walks: Join us monthly for My Great Park in Pictures, partnering with Great Parks of Hamilton County, and exploring with any camera, iPhone to SLR. Beginners welcome. Free with parks vehicle sticker.
If you encounter any problems here, please contact Malinda - we do our own website - THANKS!
Contact Malinda. Please let us know if you have questions or class requests! Best way to reach us is chat, text, or email as we're frequently in lessons 513-245-4100. We look forward to helping you make amazing photos!
Mailing Address: 11711 Princeton Pike, suite 341-159, Cincinnati OH 45246