Greater Cincinnati Photo Workshops

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

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

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!

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'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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
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

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Upcoming Events for 2018

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Great Parks Monthly Photo Walks: FREE with vehicle sticker. Very casual. Beginners welcome. Bring ANY camera: smart phone to SLR. Stay tuned for important updates & exciting news with our partnership with Great Parks of Hamilton County!
July 15: Miami Whitewater 6pm
Aug 12: Armleder 9am
Sept 9: Woodland Mound 5pm
Oct 21: Embshoff 1pm
Nov 11: Farbach Werner 10am

Great Parks Summer Photo Camps for Teens: June 26-29 is full, July 24-27  Smart Phone Photography may have a few openings. Sharon Woods, ages 11-17

Learn your Camera Beyond AUTO camera class: Sept 8-22, 10a-12:320p at our Studio near Winton Woods. (tentative: Oct 13-27, 2p-4:30p at ProCam Cincinnati off 275 & Beechmont.)

Learn Lightroom fall session posted soon. Beginners welcome. HUGE time saving tips! Take your everyday photos and make them extraordinary – FAST! Edit one and apply to any or EVERY other image with 2 clicks! HDM Studio near Winton Woods. 4 Tuesdays Oct 2-23, 7-9pm, limit 8.

Photoshop CC 3 Sundays Sept 16-30, 1-3:30pm ProCam Cincinnati (to be confirmed)

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Smart Phone Pro Photo Series at ProCam Cincinnati

ProCam Cincinnati is just 2 miles from Beechmont and I-275. These classes will take your phone photos from everyday to extraordinary! You won’t believe what you can do – in seconds! It’s so EASY!

  • AUGUST 4, 2PM 430PM Pro Photography Tricks with your Phone – How to shoot with your phone like a pro. From action to macro to portraits, use easy pro tricks to get amazing shots with your phone! (Or iPad)
  • AUG 11 & 18, 2PM 430PM Edit like a Pro on your Phone/iPad/Tablet – use a free program and get Photoshop-like results – only WAY faster and easier! Rescue photos you thought were a total loss! This jaw-dropping class will amaze you!
    2 separate classes: Beginner 8/11, Advanced 8/18. Click links to register.

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

Gift Certificates

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