Greater Cincinnati Photo Workshops

Welcome! So glad you're visiting! I'd love to help you make amazing photos!

Photography Lessons make the best Gifts!

Gift Certificates

Gift Certificate Packages from 1 lesson to 6 lessons from $125. Perfect for any age or experience level, especially for new camera owners! We keep tips simple and easy to use, include detailed handouts, and more! You won’t believe how much difference 2 hours can make! From organizing to capturing to editing, we’re excited to help!

I am a beginner at photography but I will tell you on my very first 1 on 1 lesson with Malinda I learned so much.
She taught me more on the first lesson then I could have imagined!
She was so nice and helpful. I feel confident that I will be able to take the photos I want when I am done with my lessons! I would highly recommend !

Michele

It's not about the Camera


Regardless which camera you carry, it’s the one you have with you that matters most. Learn how to create jaw-dropping images – the EASY WAY – iPhone to SLR!

Malinda Hartong, Photojournalist


Malinda has over 20 years professional photography experience. Her specialties include: daily news (fires, floods, funerals, youth sports and more (yes that’s a strange combination thanks to photojournalism), portraits on location and in studio, head shots, and especially event coverage.

Malinda was on staff at a major daily paper and has freelanced for decades – with photos published around the globe, including The Times of London, The Guardian, and Marketplace.org.

She and husband and fellow photojournalist + Emmy-award winning producer/videographer Glenn Hartong both LOVE to share the techniques they’ve learned over their careers for capturing amazing images.

Malinda has been teaching full-time for over 7 years – simplifying pro news photographer tricks & techniques for everyday people, helping folks of all ages & skill levels learn how to create amazing images – THE EASY WAY.

And here’s the best kept secret – You DONT need to learn Manual Mode or shoot in RAW! Seriously! Grab your camera and Let’s GO!


  • 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.
    Stephanie
  • Thanks for much for such a great lesson on Friday! I was worried about only having two hours to spend with you, but we managed to cover so much in such a short amount of time and I walked away feeling so much more confident about using my "fancy" camera! It's so helpful to actually know what all of the buttons and settings do 😉 It was really helpful as well to have live examples to look at and to be able to practice in different settings. I look forward to more sessions in the future!
    Stephanie
  • I was truly impressed... I came to her stuck on "Auto" & 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 and photographic interests, making my 1-1 lesson a very personal & productive experience. I know I have just scratched the tip of the photography surface, but I plan on diving in and will continue to use Malinda as a resource to help expand my skills.
    Cathy
  • I recently took my first lesson with Malinda and I have to say I am so glad I chose her!  She brought me out of my comfort zone of "Auto Mode." I tried to get out of that mode on my own but felt so overwhelmed by all of the different settings that I just stayed in auto.  Well that all changed.  I am no longer in auto mode and probably won't go back that is how well her lesson was. She is a great instructor and never makes you feel stupid. She speaks and teaches on a level that is understandable. I am really looking forward to my next 2 lesson and will probably sign up for others once those are complete! Give it a try, you won't regret it!!!!! Barbara
    Barbara
  • I recently completed two 1-1 lessons with Malinda, and they were great! After the first lesson, I already felt much more confident with my camera and took better pictures. After the 2nd, I felt like I knew even more and knew how to put a few finishing touches through editing. It was great meeting on-location and taking photos with her, using the skills as we were talking about them. I'd recommend her!
    Megan
  • Just wanted to give a quick shoutout to someone that has recently helped me on the photography front...maybe she can help you, too! Thanks, Malinda Hartong for taking some time to help me out with some Lightroom and Photoshop editing shortcuts. I've been using you're tips and tricks from our session for the last several weeks. You've helped my workflow and I feel I've become more efficient with my editing time. Now, I just need more time to shoot

    🙂 For the rest of you...are you new to photography? Getting a new camera for Christmas? Maybe you want to polish up your phone photography...check out Hartong Digital Media. Malinda is a great teacher and can help you with all things photography. Thanks, again Malinda Hartong...I'll be back for more!

    Dwayne S
  • I am a beginner at photography but I will tell you on my very first one on one lesson with Melinda I learned so much. She taught me more on the first lesson then I could have imagined! She was so nice and helpful. I feel confident at I will be able to take the photos I want when I am done with my lessons! I would highly recommend ! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Michele
  • Working with Hartong Digital for some photography lessons was amazing. Within the first few minutes, I had already started taking better pictures. Malinda has this down to a science and after a few tweaks here and there, your pictures are professional grade. I enjoyed the time with her, she's funny, easy going, and extremely knowledgeable. I highly recommend investing with Hartong, you will get the best.
    Dawn
    Dawn
  • Malinda is an extremely fun, informative and engaging instructor who will elevate your skills and passion for your photography journey. Whether you are a beginner, pro or hobbiest, you will be ecstatic that you made the choice of attending any of her classes or workshops. She is truly amazing!
    Lynn
    Lynn
All Ages & Skill Levels

Private Lessons


 Perfect for Beginners & New Camera Owners! Hands-on lessons are tailored to each person and their gear. Intermediate & advanced photographers take their skills to the next level!

Great Locations filled with inspiration: Winton WoodsGlenwood Gardens, Village of Glendale as well as Our Studio near Winton Woods. Our studio is perfect to learn Editing too – from smart phones to Lightroom to Pro Photoshop Tricks will save you HOURS of time!

Lessons are 2 hours each – perfect to get in-depth tips without getting overwhelmed! Packages of 2 or 3 lessons save you $$$! Handouts tailored for your gear/software included.

Private Lessons

Upcoming Events

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Great Parks Monthly Photo Walks: FREE with vehicle sticker. Very casual. Beginners welcome. Bring ANY camera: smart phone to SLR.
Jan 20: Sharon Woods Gorge Trail 2pm
Feb 17: Glenwood Gardens 3pm

📸Learn your Camera Beyond AUTO: Feb 6-23, 10am-12:30pm: 3 Classes + 1 Snow Day just in case. No nonsense. Easy steps. Simple explanations. Practical Tips for YOUR camera! With handouts for YOUR camera. Perfect for new camera owners!

Private Lessons and group classes during Winter are typically held at our Studio near Winton Woods.

Learn Lightroom CLASSIC March 23-April 6, 10am-12:00 noon. Easy steps to cull  & ORGANIZE your photos! Save TONS of time! Take your everyday photos and make them extraordinary – ⏰FAST! Edit ALL your other similar images in 2 clicks! At our Studio near Winton Woods. Bring 💻Mac or Windows Laptop. Private lessons anytime.

Photoshop CC: Next session early 2019, evenings April – May. Private Lessons always available.

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from iPhone to SLR we help you make amazing photos © Malinda Hartong, Hartong Digital Media llc. All rights reserved

Camera Classes

We have ongoing Beyond AUTO mode workshops for mirrorless and SLR cameras as well as unique workshops at various locations – including the new ProCam Cincinnati, from iPhone to Point & Shoot to SLR.
Camera Classes

Learn Lightroom Shortcuts! Edit 100s of Images in Minutes
Stunning Color in seconds
Brilliant Black & White in Seconds

Learn Photo Editing

Private Lessons available all year, plus group classes. Take your skills to the next level – you won’t believe how much time and effort Malinda’s shortcuts will save you!

  • Lightroom Classic or CC
  • Photoshop CC
  • Mac Photos app
  • iPad/iPhone/other mobile devices

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Monthly Great Parks Photo Walks

Photo walks give us a fabulous excuse to get outside with our cameras, iPhone to SLR.

Monthly Great Parks of Hamilton County Photo Walks