Photojournalists + Photography Workshops

I'm excited to help you create amazing photos!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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 ! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Malinda is awesome! She's knowledgable, fun, accommodating, and will teach you more in a two hour session than you can believe. I would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to take better photos. I wish we would have found her when we first bought our camera.
    Linda G.
    Linda G.
  • Jessica and I attended Malinda Hartong's Photography class!!! MIND. BLOWN!!!!! If you think you know how to use your phone camera or your SLR, THINK AGAIN!!!
  • 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!
    Jenny B.
    Jenny B.

Upcoming Workshops, Events, & more

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Gift Certificates: Choose 1, 2, 3, 6 or 12 lessons. Perfect for everyone – beginner to pro levels – smart phone, mirrorless, slr, editing,… –  each 2 hr lesson takes student to their next level, building their confidence & enjoyment of Photography.

Great Parks Photo Exhibit: Sat & Sun, December 7-15, 2019,12:30-4:30p Come and see the beautiful sights captured by the Great Parks Nature Photography Club members this year.  Photographs taken in Great Parks throughout the seasons will be on display. A reception with the photographers will be held Sunday, 12/8 at 1 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served. Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve/ Ellenwood Nature Barn (Free) Poole at Colerain, Colerain Twp, about a mile south of Northgate and north of Cross County Hwy.

Holiday Event at BookBums Reading Cafe in West Chester: Malinda will be on hand to answer your photography questions, share tips, and offer Gift Certificates for Photography & Photography Lessons. Friday Dec 13, 12-5 & Saturday Dec 14, 9-2. 7967 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, West Chester. Sign Up to add to your calendar & get a quick reminder. FREE

Your Camera Beyond AUTO Workshop: Dec 28 – Jan 18, 3 classes plus 1 just in case of snow day. 10am-12:30pm. Class of 10 max. Learn easy pro tricks for getting great Focus, Exposure, managing Flash, capturing action, and more! Register

Private Lessons and group classes for everything Photo/Camera, Editing, Lighting, or iPhone / iPad or Mac are held ALL YEAR ROUND at our Photo Studio near Winton Woods, Glenwood Gardens, the cutest village square in Glendale. Or even at your location (small travel charge).

Stop wasting time with online videos! Our way is WAY easier! Learn how to EASILY kick up your photos – customized just for YOU. Each 2 hour lesson is tailored  specifically  to where you are & what you want to learn. Get started – sign up for 1 lesson, or save with 2 or 3 lesson packages! We promise NOT to go over your head!  Just simple tips – easily repeatable – taking you to the next level!

Sign up for VIP list for news on our Holiday Sales & other exclusive discounts. Exclusive gift packages are only available in November for 6 and 12 lessons to take your skills to the next level in the new year!

Also ask Malinda about gifting a Day in the Life Photo Shoot!

cell phone photographer at sunset

Great Parks Monthly Photo Walks: FREE with vehicle sticker. 1 Sunday a month. Very casual. Beginners welcome. Bring ANY camera: smart phone to SLR. Locations & times are different each month.
DECEMBER  7, 8, 14, 15- our 1st photo show at Farbach Werner!

Lets Go

All Ages & Skill Levels

Private Lessons

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!

Smart Phones to Mirrorless to SLR

Skip manual mode. Just say no to confusing videos or workshops that talk about all the technical mumbo jumbo and NEVER show you which button to actually press when!

You’ll learn how to EASILY set your camera to FOCUS – no matter what you’re shooting!

You’ll learn how to capture amazing sharp ACTION photos – regardless of time of day or light!

You’ll learn easy tricks for gorgeous family photos – with beautiful BLURRED BACKGROUNDS.

You’ll learn how to adjust EXPOSURE and flash to get GORGEOUS photos and see faces when all you got before was dark shadows! With your phone as well as your ‘real’ camera.

All without Manual Mode!

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! We take you from where you are and build with each lesson.

Choose from 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 that will save you TONS of time with editing, sorting, and organizing your images!

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. Let’s get started!

It's not about the Camera

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

It's WAY easier and faster to use our photojournalist-esque shortcuts.

Just say NO to Manual Mode

Don’t believe the ‘pros’ that tell you that you MUST use MANUAL MODE.

They’re full of it!

I’ll show you a better, easy, faster way without intimidation, frustration, or doing it the hard way!

Sign up for 1-1 Lessons tailored to you

Ready for Amazing Sharpness & Great Light in your Photos?

Capture gorgeous colorful sunsets that will knock your socks off. Learn the hidden tricks!

Is your Phone your Camera?

EVERY SINGLE TIME I help someone take a shot with his or her phone, they whip their head around with eyes as big as dinner plates exclaiming, “I didn’t know it could THAT!?!”

Even 11 year old kids have NO idea what they can do with their phones! One 11 year old photo camper said, “You just CHANGED MY LIFE!”

So grab your phone family and lets make your smart phone photos WAY smarter! Book 1 to 1 or the whole crew! Message me to get started!

Sunsets, family photos, pictures for work – I promise your photos will NEVER be the same!

Outsmart your phone! It’s so easy with just a few pro tricks! Sign up for a lesson & be mind-blown!

Malinda is a wonderful teacher!! Any interaction with her causes one to start taking better photos immediately!! Her dedication to her craft and willingness to share tips and tricks make any class with her a truly wonderful experience!
Amy Roell
Outdoor Education Director, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Let's work 1 to 1 to improve your Photos

Private Lessons
photo studio in break room
Headshots on location in the break room
girls learn science and math during STEM event
STEM Greenlight for Girls, University of Cincinnati
branding & commercial photos for your business

Malinda Hartong, Photojournalist

Malinda has over 20 years professional photography experience. Photojournalists cover everything: fires, floods, funerals, community events, youth sports, and so much more. Malinda also loves being capturing people – whether on location or in the studio!

Malinda’s images have been published all around town and around the globe, including The Times of London, The Guardian, and We offer

  • Headshots full of personality in our studio or on location. For everyone from businesses to mayors to congress members, artists to entrepreneurs @TheHartongs
  • Branding for corporations, entrepreneurs, artists
  • Event coverage for nonprofit & business: The Dragonfly Foundation, Greater Cincinnati STEM, and many more.
  • Day in the Life Photo Shoots (2, 4, or 8 hours) – make any day unforgettable.

With Emmy-award winning husband Glenn Hartong, photojournalist/video producer/cameraman and Stacy Doose, our Emmy-award winning editing parter and audio engineer extraordinaire, at ChiliDog Pictures HD Video Productions, we often combined photo coverage/portraits with single or multi-camera edited features for both web and broadcast, with credits including everyone from Heimlich Heroes to Cincinnati Childrens Hospital, University of Cincinnati Foundation, and of course The Dragonfly Foundation.

Learn more: Photo + Video Services

We both also LOVE to share the techniques they’ve learned over their careers for capturing amazing images.

Malinda has been teaching for over 10 years – simplifying pro photojournalist tricks & techniques for everyday people from teens to seniors, absolute beginners to aspiring pros, 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 if you don’t want to! Seriously! Grab your camera or phone and Let’s GO!

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

Get your Photos Organized & Edited

So how many images do you have, really? You don’t even want to know how many are in our library! Organizing, storage, maintaining a library where you can find your images, and editing them to create amazing results – it all takes TONS of time, right? Well not if you use our simple tricks! Whether you have a Mac or a PC, or just your phone. Whether you’re a novice or a pro. We have TONS of timesavers plus editing & organizing tricks for you!

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! It’s WAY easier than you might think!

  • Lightroom Classic & CC – killer to organize, sort, and even edit! From downloading a 1000-shot event to uploading the 60 best edited ones, how much time do you think that takes us? How about just 2 hours? Learn our secrets!
  • Photoshop CC – don’t let it scare you. We do 90% of editing in Lightroom Classic & just save this behemoth for the real heavy lifting.  You don’t need to use ALL of the stuff it does, just what it needs to do for YOU.
  • Mac Photos app – there is WAY more power here than you realize!
  • iPad/iPhone/other mobile devices – you won’t believe what you can do on the go! From photo editing to general use, photography, and tons of shortcuts and quick tricks. Plus there’s even an app that can rival photoshop in a fraction of the time! On your PHONE!
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A few of Malinda’s Favorite Photos

Shooting news and then teaching for over a decade, there are so many incredible moments. Feel free to ask me for details about any of these favorites, captured with a wide variety of cameras and lenses, from iPhone to Z6 to SLR. Nature, portraits, sports, firefighters and police officers, my favorites are all over the place. These will change frequently. It’s either the light, the moment, the connection… Looking forward to the next shot.

And I can’t wait to see what you shoot next! Looking forward to helping you capture your next favorite!