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Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Photography Workshops

Learn your camera
Beyond Auto workshop
Capture amazing action shots
Capture Action
Freeze fast action & capture sharp focus in our Camera Workshops
Easily adjust exposure settings
Smart Phone Photography
Join Malinda at the parks for amazing photo workshops
Great Parks Photo Adventures
Monthly Photo Adventures visiting one of our Great Parks

Ready to learn fun easy pro photography tricks?

mahWelcome! Thanks for visiting! I’m Malinda Hartong, a photojournalist with over 2 decades professional experience shooting both still images and video, news photography and features, even studio work. You might recognize the last name, especially with husband Glenn having been a newspaper photographer for over 27 years, and I was on staff as well for over 6 years, plus freelancing more than 10 years.

I LOVE teaching folks of ALL ages & skill levels how to get the most out of their camera & editing – creating absolutely amazing images! Honestly it’s not about the camera, it’s how you use it – let’s work together to get more out of Your photographic memories! I love sharing Easy Pro Tricks, and with teaching for over 5 years full-time – I’ve honed and simplified all those tricks, complete with great reference handouts for YOUR camera so you can apply them to your everyday photos! From iPhone to SLR, still as well as video & multimedia, I’ve taught everyone from kids to moms to teachers to executives & even other professional journalists.

Based in Cincinnati Ohio, I love to travel. Please explore! Contact me with any questions! My goal is to help you make amazing photos.

New – My Great Park in Pictures Photo Walks

Explore our parks woth monthly Photo Adventures

Explore our parks – monthly My Great Parks in Pictures Photo Walks with Malinda Hartong

We’re so excited to announce our partnership with Great Parks of Hamilton County – monthly adventures planned through 2017! Grab your park sticker (only $10/vehicle!), sunscreen, bug spray, hiking boots, and most importantly your camera (smart phone to SLR)! With over 17,000 acres protected in Hamilton County there are amazing photo ops ahead!

  • August 20 – Glenwood Gardens morning photo walk
  • Sept 10 – Shawnee Lookout weekend in the 1800s

Stay updated for upcoming walks & classes – subscribe to our VIP newsletter and Events on Facebook. Some events involve fees, some free. All walks are weather permitting.

Learn more: My Great Park in Pictures


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. 5 star review from Linda G

Camera Classes

  • DSLR Beyond Auto:
    • Malinda’s popular in-depth “nuts & bolts” camera class! 4 evenings, 1x weekly, 7-9pm. Learn simple pro tips for your camera that really will blow your mind and change your images forever!
    • August 2 – 23, 7-9pm, our studio near Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, 45231
    • Sept 13 – Oct 4Fort Thomas KY Rec Center, 7-9pm.

“I learned more in 2 hours than another 8 week class!”  DSLR Beyond Auto, after just the 1st class

  • Smart Phone Photography: Sharonville, Sept 17.
  • Create your own Custom Workshop for your group, business, or organization. Cincinnati Womens Club, Cincinnati Art Museum and Great Parks of Hamilton County all have had their own custom workshops.
    We can bring our own HD projector and large screen, or use your screen, Apple TV or HDTV. Just contact Malinda to create a fun event for your community, school, group, business…
Camera Classes
Girlfriends Photo Lesson, Glenwood Gardens

Girlfriends Photo Lesson, Glenwood Gardens

Private Lessons

Pick Malinda’s brain! 😉 One to one or a small group Camera & Photo Editing lessons, hands on lessons with handouts. Perfect for all ages. Always tailored to your skill level. Perfect for beginners!

Camera lessons are fun

Camera lessons are so much fun!

Gift Certificates are the gift that keeps on giving, building skills to last a lifetime and beyond, available for any classes or lessons.

Our favorite lesson locations include:

  • Winton Woods. Huge lake with expansive views and lots of activity, beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife.
  • Glenwood Gardens. Landscaping, flowers, and gorgeous scenery.
  • Village of Glendale. Explore this quaint little hidden gem, with an enchanting square, scrumptious Bluebird Bakery, and capture the trains.
  • Our studio near Winton Woods. Cozy front porch great for semi-outdoor lessons under cover in case of rain, photo studio, & indoor conference area perfect for photo editing.
  • NEW! Girls Night Out! Gather some friends and join Malinda for a fun casual workshop, from iPhone to SLR – all skill levels welcome!
  • Parent/Child & Family Lessons – the perfect way to spend some quality time together!
  • Travel to your location is available for small fee.
  • Using a gift certificateBook here
 More: Private Lessons
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, 1-1 Camera/Photoshop Lessons
YOUR SHOT: Amanda's fabulous travel memories are GORGEOUS after our DSLR class and 1-1 Lightroom!

YOUR SHOT: Amanda’s fabulous travel memories!

Photo Editing

Take your Images to the Next Level. Put Malinda’s 20 years of experience to work for you! Learn easy speed tricks to step away from that screen! More fun, better results, less time editing! See our blog post Photoshop v Lightroom & which one is best for you. Or try quick editing on your tablet with our Edit on the Go class.

  • Lightroom Workshop – August 25 – Sept 15, 7-9pm, our studio near Winton Woods, 45231.
  • Photoshop & Photoshop Elements – October 6-27, 7-9pm. Our studio near Winton Woods, 45231
  • Edit on the Go. October 11-18, Ft Thomas KY, 7-9pm. Bring your tablet &/or smart phone and learn easy amazing tricks!
  • Coming soon: Hidden Secrets: Photos app for Mac. Apple’s latest Apple system includes TONS of hidden tricks on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Explore them all in depth in this fun new workshop.
Editing Classes
YOUR SHOT! Wanda's excellent photo of a labrador retreiver catching a ball in Cincinnati after 1-1 Camera Lessons with Malinda Hartong, Hartong Digital Media. Wanda used a Canon 70D with a EF-S18-135mm at 135mm and over 1/2000 shutter speed to freeze the ball mid-air and dog mid-catch.

YOUR SHOT! Wanda’s excellent photo of a labrador retreiver catching a ball in Cincinnati after 1-1 Camera Lessons with Malinda Hartong, Hartong Digital Media. Wanda used a Canon 70D with a EF-S18-135mm at 135mm and over 1/2000 shutter speed to freeze the ball mid-air and dog mid-catch.

What Clients Say

  • Coolest thing I learned: how different angles and lighting can change your picture completely. Best thing: how much fine detail it can capture My most unexpected experience: finding out what and olloclip can really do and realizing I already have one. I wish I had known what I know now long before today because I could have some pretty awesome pictures.
  • Coolest thing I learned: that changing the angle ... can completely change how the picture will turn out. It's easy use... I wish I would have known all this stuff about taking pictures with my phone when I went on vacation.
  • Coolest thing: there are some very good apps for editing. Best thing about my camera: It is really good at taking close up pictures.
  • Coolest thing I learned: How to change the lighting
  • Coolest thing I learned: "How the light effects the look of a photo"
  • The coolest thing I learned at photo camp: "I learned how to use Snapseed and Editing!! :)" The best thing about my camera is: "How you can change the brightness to take really cool pictures." Most unexpected experience: "Is that I took really cool pictures!! :) Cecilia
  • Great coverage of all the most important topics in digital photography, for beginners and those with some experience. Favorite: seeing examples of photographs related to subject being discussed as well as easy to understand explanations of terminology, photography topics.
    Debbie B
  • DSLR classes were worth the $ spend. Looking forward to learning & discovering the possibilities of photography. 
    Favorite part: attitude of instructor
  • What an amazing 1-1 appointment! I cannot thank you enough for sharing so much invaluable information... and in a relatively short amount of time. You have an honest and enthusiastic approach to teaching that is fun and refreshing. The added bonus... you have saved me from hours and hours (and hours) of doing things the hard way (Photoshop)! Time is money, and because of your time saving tips, I will have more of both!
  • There is a lot of great feedback for Hartong Digital Photography, and there's a simple explanation for this: All of the great feedback, is TRUE! If you’ve been looking a photography instructor, who is knowledgeable, hands on and creative, you’ve found the right person! From firsthand experience, Malinda is not only very knowledgeable about digital photography, but it's her years of field experience, that helps her students better understand their camera's and why their pictures might or might not have turned out the way they were intended. She's very knowledgeable on various cameras and is willing to teach to any kind (no camera discrimination, here!). I’m more comfortable with my camera settings and more confident I can make the best judgment call, even when shooting in unfamiliar lighting. I've always been an "inspiring photographer" with my self-taught skills. Now, I can take all the tools Malinda has given me (including our nifty handouts) and my prior experiences, to make better decisions for future photo shoots. I believe, the best complement I can give Malinda is wanting to gain more knowledge and learning experience, by photographing everything I can! She’s inspired me even more; knowing our Digital Photography “family” is there with any help/feedback on photos, gives me the comfort to try and shoot new things! Thank you, Malinda!!
  • Highly recommend classes to anyone! Malinda is a great teacher. She is super sweet and friendly. She shares her knowledge of 25 years experience and gives you useful information that will impact your photos. I learned so much in just one class and look forward to our next class.
  • 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.
  • My lessons helped so much! I know how to turn the camera on (funny girl!), and feel I know enough to play around to find the picture I like best. I love being able to tell (hubby) something he didn't know about! Laurie, whose husband is the one that gave her the lessons. lol!
  • I can finally use my camera without being on the auto mode! I have tried watching instructional videos and reading books without any luck. After taking your class I have the confidence to use my camera the way it was designed to be used. I'm excited to keep practicing and keep improving! Thanks again for everything! I am amazed by how much I have learned!
  • I just completed a 4hr one on one session with Malinda. I am new to the photography world. I have learned so many things from her. She was mindful of my lack of experience. And instructed me accordingly. She guided me with suggestions to better my pictures. I look forward to taking more of her classes!! She is an amazing teacher!!
  • Today was the first class...WOW. I learned more about my camera in 2 1/2 hours than I learned in a 6 week intro to dslr class I took last year at an art school. Malinda is fantastic.
  • I am in your Advance DSLR workshop on Saturdays in Evendale and I just want to thank you.  I've always wanted a creative outlet, but couldn't draw, sculpt, or paint.  I'm very left brained and have always been a little envious of my creative, artistic sister.  I've always loved taking pictures and now with this class I feel that I have found my creative outlet.  I'm so excited to finally start understanding ISO, f stop, etc and use the capabilities of my camera to take the tips you have given us to create some beautiful photographs.
    Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks!
  • Great way to learn - 2 hour "bites" - very helpful understanding how to use my camera. I am now smarter than my camera. Favorite part: Before/After pictures, technical stuff like ISO, f# for each shot.
  • I was not familiar with the camera at all so the workshop helped immensely! Malinda showed me how to use the settings, gave me tips on how to take the best pictures and critiqued my pictures to help me learn from my mistakes. She also came out to my office and help to set up our photo room, which was a huge help.
    I thought the workshop was perfect - all my questons were addressed and Malinda was very flexible in working with me.
  • Fantastic! I learned a ton. (And it shows from his photos! WOW!) Malinda was very knowledgeable and filled the class time with valuable and great information. (Aw Shucks) ... Thanks for a great class! (My pleasure!) Favorite Part: Everything. Malinda was great answering questions when anyone had a question or comment on what she was teaching. Suggestions: Make the class longer. (cool!)
  • I just placed my first print order filled with better, more professional looking photos than I have ever done. Thank you for showing me the way in your class and critiques.
  • I've learned so much in such a short time. I wish I had taken the class sooner! It is well worth the time, effort, and money.
  • The technical skills we gained from our crash course was absolutely priceless for getting these interviews shot. ... never would have been able to use the natural lighting the way we did without your training. I can't thank you enough. ... the confidence we gained through your training has made all the difference.
    Michelle & Megan
  • I feel like I've started learning a new language and now I have all of the basic tools to build from.
  • Even better than I hoped for. Day one alone was worth the price of admission."
    Loved it all, but day one was my favorite because I learned so much, especially  about how to use my particular camera. I had read the manual but this was so much better.
  • We purchased a new DSLR camera a couple of weeks ago and picture quality has greatly improved for a novice user. All pictures with the new camera to date were taken in auto mode or pre-programmed modes. When purchasing the camera, I asked Malinda which camera, lenses, etc. I should purchase to make the right choice. She steered me in the right direction and we were able to make a smart purchase. Today I took my first photography class in a 1:1 setting & it was awesome. I learned so much in the 2-3 hours with her to improve the quality of our photos by not using the "auto" mode and using various camera functions to improve quality. I would highly recommend the introduction class from Malinda if you want to learn how to get full use of your DSLR camera. This won't be my last class. Thanks Malinda!
  • I was so excited to take pictures today of my kids in the snow and feel confident doing it!  Hands down, your class is the best $ I've spent in a long, long time.
  • I am so very glad I found Malinda and took her class. She has been informative, patient and always willing to help or answer any questions that get thrown her way. No matter what your skill level is, she breaks things down so you actually get it. If your thinking about taking a class, do it, you won't regret it.
    Jennifer C
  • I had a blast the other day shooting with you. I learned more in two hours than I did in my whole photography class in college. I could easily tell that you are passionate about taking pictures and you rubbed that off onto me.
  • Had a great two hour session with Malinda. She is so easy to work with and never makes you feel like an idiot! She helped me solve some issues I was having with lighting and correct camera settings. I have had a chance to practice and my photos are much better. Thanks Malinda!
  • Malinda, thank you so much for the wonderful tips on using my  new camera. That night, I went outside to photograph the moon and the next day I used my camera to photograph an area that had very little light.  On both occasions, I was able to navigate my camera to get a decent picture.  Thank you for your patience and your willingness to help me through the process of accessing  features of my camera.
  • Thanks for much for such a great lesson! 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!
  • It just feels good when it all comes together. All moving parts locked in!It's nice when your lessons all come together! Nailed it even though the boat was bouncing as much as the tubes. Evernote Camera Roll 20140731 153924
  • 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!
  • 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!
    Jennifer R
  • Amazing, wonderful, very organized, very informative. Loved the class and can't wait to start practicing! Will never use AUTO again! Can't wait to take more classes.
  • I like that Malinda is enthusiastic about photography. Her excitement is contagious. I gained a deeper understanding of my camera. It was time well spent.
  • I have taken other photography classes and read books but nothing really clicked with me.  I desperately needed help in getting my camera out of scene mode and Malinda’s straight forward instruction helped me focus on the basics of what is important when taking a photo.  It already seems less intimidating and I have taken some awesome new photos.