Photojournalists + Photography Workshops

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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. 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 Marketplace.org. We offer

    • Headshots for everyone from mayors to congress members, artists to entrepreneurs from $225
    • Branding for corporations, entrepreneurs, artists
    • Event coverage for businesses and nonprofits like Saint Vincent DePaul and The Dragonfly Foundation
    • Organic Portraits: limited sessions available for Seniors, Lifestyle, Family

    With emmy-award winning husband Glenn Hartong, photojournalist/video producer/cameraman, and his 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, 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 8 years – simplifying pro news photographer tricks & techniques for everyday people from teens to seniors, 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 and Let’s 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!
Michele

We put all that great experience into not just our images, but also our classes and 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! 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!


Let's work 1 to 1 to improve your Photography Skills

Private Lessons
Betsy, Summer Camp
Betsy, Summer Camp
Summer Camp Fun with any camera!

Teen Summer Camps at Sharon Woods and Deerfield Parks

Summer 2019 Camps

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Private Lessons and group classes are held at our Studio near Winton Woods, Glenwood Gardens, the cutest village square in Glendale. Plus we can come to you! Learn how to REALLY kick up your photos – stop wasting time on complex video stuff! It’s WAY easier than that!

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.

📸Learn your Camera Beyond AUTO: May 1-22, 7-9pm. No nonsense. Easy steps. Simple explanations. Practical Tips for YOUR camera! With handouts for YOUR camera. Perfect for new camera owners!

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Summer Camp!
Smart Phone Photography Camps for Teens will be excited to join us for  Summer 2019 – especially at Sharon Woods!! There’s even a jaw-dropping slideshow for family & friends on the last day! Join us! Summer camp registration is through the hosts. Learn more and find out how to register by clicking the heading above.

  • 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
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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! There’s even an app that can rival photoshop in a fraction of the time! On your PHONE!

Ready to get your Photos Sorted, Organized & Beautifully Edited?

Lets do this!
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Behind the scenes. Fire training burn. ©Malinda Hartong
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Mother Daughter portrait

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