Photojournalists + Photography Workshops

I'm excited to help you create amazing photos!
virtual camera lesson via multicamera live training

Fun and super cool LIVE private camera lesson with 3 views – live camera view, studio/scene, plus slides.

Virtual Lessons, Summer Events, & more

Updated for Stay at Home & Available anywhere in the US!

Virtual Private Lessons are available in Easy 30 minute segments for everything we teach: Photography & Camera Settings, Photo Editing, Lighting, iPhone / iPad / Mac… ask Malinda anything – 30 years of professional photography experience from studio to news at your service!

Our way is SO EASY to learn Photography! Learn how to EASILY kick up your photos – customized just for YOU. Each lesson is tailored  specifically  to take you to the next level & what you want to learn.

The best part about the camera settings we teach is we show you the PRO SHORTCUTS (why use manual mode when you really don’t have to – let your CAMERA do the work – you won’t believe how EASY it is – just change 1 or 2 easy buttons to capture the photographs you’ve dreaming of!

Get started today! Sign up for 1 lesson, or save with 4 lesson packages for the price of 3! We promise NOT to go over your head!  Simple tips – easily repeatable – taking your photos to the next level!

cell phone photographer at sunset

Lets Get Started!

  • 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.
  • 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!!!
    Ria
    Ria
  • 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.
  • Hi Malinda, 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. 🙂
    Linda G
    Linda G
  • 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.
    Cathy
    Cathy
  • 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.
    Jennifer R.
  • 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, you might as well buy a point and shoot. Looking forward to our next session!
    Emily
    Emily
  • 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
    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
    Stephanie

Get Started! Book a Virtual Private Lesson

View your lesson via 1 easy link in any browser or choose Facetime on your phone or iPad.

Check out our new MULTICAMERA super duper lessons! So cool! Here’s how it works: You get 1 easy link to view your lesson in any browser or on any device. I use 1-4 cameras depending on where we are and what you want to learn. Here I’m using 3!

  • 1 view looking through the camera’s lens live – showing zoom, exposure, focus, framing, …
  • 1 view showing you the camera buttons and settings as well as where I stand, how I hold the camera,…
  • 1 view sharing the relevant slides for the concept we’re working on. I’ve been teaching 10 years and have honed my slides to make simple pro techniques & shortcuts VERY easy to understand and incorporate!
  • I switch live between the views so you only need 1 screen to see EVERYTHING in turn! WOW is this cool or what!
  • If you want to learn photo editing – we do that too! I’ll share my screen AND you can control & switch so I can see YOUR screen and walk you through editing YOUR photos! So easy!

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!
I’ve 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!
I’ve split lessons into Photo vs Editing but truly we can combine anything you want to learn! It’s really up to you! How can we help you make amazing photos? Facetime, multi-camera or a combination – totally up to you!
Book now! Buy our 3 virtual lessons package and get 1 lesson free! (available during Stay at Home). Start by selecting your lesson or package and booking your first session. 

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!

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

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 30 minutes each during Stay at Home orders (after we’re allowed out they’ll go back to 2 hours each – perfect to get in-depth tips without getting overwhelmed!) Packages of lessons save you $$! Handouts tailored for your gear/software included. Let’s get started!


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!

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!

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 Marketplace.org. 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.
    @MAHartong

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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