Malinda Hartong, By Appt Mon-Sat, Later Tues, Thurs 513-245-4100

Beyond AUTO

Learn your camera beyond AUTO
LEAVE AUTO IN THE DUST

You're Smarter than your Camera


Malinda has over 20 years practical everyday experience, including daily newspapers. We PROMISE you’ll be amazed at just how EASY it is to capture jaw-dropping images! Even with the most basic camera! (any camera that has a dial for P/A/S/M or P/AV/TV/M depending on the model).

Get Started Learning Pro Shortcuts! From a practical girl (instead of those that try to make it hard and daunting on purpose).

Amazing, wonderful, very organized, very informative. Loved the class and can’t wait to start practicing! Will never use AUTO again! Nedra


Handouts for your Camera

Step By Step Guide


Our Beyond AUTO workshop is unique – offering handouts designed to help you with your type of camera. Where to find the right button to adjust focus, exposure, etc. Plus how and why to adjust the factory settings – with TONS of examples!

Leave the frustration of Auto Mode behind, and skip the classes & online videos that expect you know all the terms, talking above your head!

Learn Practical Pro Tricks explained in everyday language!

Our intimidation-free workshops are designed to get the most out of Your Camera, painlessly!

WITHOUT Manual Mode! WITHOUT Raw! With the camera you have!

Just Make the Shot!

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!


  • Kate
    I can not recommend Malinda and her class enough.  I was fortunate enough to get a great deal on a DSLR camera but didn't have the knowledge to know how to use it correctly.  After night one in her course I was able to successfully capture a picture of my son breaking a board in martial arts practice.  I now not only feel comfortable with my camera but I can change my settings and recognize the adjustments I need to make, in fact it's becoming second nature.  I learned so much and love having the incredible hand outs to refer back to as needed.  Thank you Malinda for being such a wonderful teacher.
  • Peggy
    I have taken 2 classes - both awesome. They make me want to get better and better using my iPhone and Nikon. Worth EVERY penny. Do yourself a favor and try a class out. Malinda is so helpful and she gives you the knowledge and confidence that even us mere mortals can take some awesome shots using settings you never thought you could conquer!
  • Michelle
    “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.”
  • Amanda
    TAKE THIS CLASS!!!! You will learn so much about your camera and how to fix common mistakes. Great investment !!! Amanda
  • Kate
    Loved it! I learned so much. Not afraid of my camera anymore. I feel like I understand what the buttons do and how to use them.
  • Mirna
    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.
  • Rebecca
    Very Informative. I thought I would need to understand Manual Mode... Glad I can get what I want with Aperture Priority! Rebecca
  • Tessa
    I have a better understanding of taking pictures the best way I can. I can't believe how much is on my camera and I've had it for 6 years.
  • Andrea
    A TON of information that was simplified so everyone could understand. I really enjoyed people sending pictures and then critiquing.
  • Rorie
    VERY informative! My brain was going to explode with all the new information. (she's kidding). Actually learning the features on my camera. I appreciate learning about iPhone too. (bonus). It was very helpful to go through all the photos and talk ISO, exposure, AV, etc.
  • Emilie
    Just finished Beyond Auto class.  I now use buttons I never dared touch before.  I highly recommend the class for anyone using their DSLR camera as a point and shoot.  It can do so much more if you learn how.

Ready to Really Learn Your Camera?

Seriously, leave the overly complicated videos, RAW, and Manual Mode to the people that WANT to make HARD! It REALLY doesn’t need to be! Malinda’s been teaching for over 6 years full time! We’ve honed our tricks & handouts to what you REALLY need to know – and you’ll be blown away at how SIMPLE it is!

Learn Malinda’s EASY PRO TRICKS to capture your best photographs EVER! Sign up for the next class, or join us for Private Lessons (below).

1: Focus!

Factory settings make focusing where you want very difficult. We’ll fix that and more in the first hour of class!

  • FOCUS buttons on your camera & how to set them!
  • Easy Adjustments for lighting & action
  • FLASH – the PRO trick!
  • RESOLUTION & SAVING to get the best files
  • Program Mode – the “easy” way! Glenn’s favorite even after 27 years of daily photojournalism

2: Exposure + Flash
  • How your camera measures light and how to get it to behave for you!
  • Fixing Exposure – the EASY way
  • Rescue Highlights = amazing sunsets!
  • Quick Pro Fix that will CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
  • No more cave-dwelling in dark backgrounds!
  • How to see what’s in the background indoors
  • How to achieve natural-looking flash – easy!

3: Lenses & F-stops
  • Lenses: Which lens to use when, the “real” difference between telephoto & wide angle
  • Blurred Backgrounds! Skip the complicated stuff – use our fast & SUPER easy way!
  • Easy tricks for Aperture Priority mode – my favorite!
4: Composition
  • More dynamic photos
  • Amazing family portraits
  • Your Best Travel Memories EVER!

Next Session

May 3 – 24, 2017
4 Weds nights, 7-9pm
$150, small class of 8

Our Studio 
near the Powell Crosley YMCA
9601 Winton Road, 45231

Just bring your Digital SLR, Mirrorless, or Adv Point & Shoot camera. You’ll be amazed what we cover in the 1st class alone! We typically schedule 6 sessions/year in various locations throughout greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky. Open to ages 12 up. Ages 12-16 please bring an adult (who need not register)

If you can’t make this session, book 2 lessons below & learn the same tricks – with more time shooting 🙂 $199

A TON of information that was simplified so everyone could understand. I really enjoyed people sending pictures and then critiquing.

We accept PayPal & major credit cards. On the Reservations Page or Below – Just click a class. Contact Malinda if you have any questions at all, or to split or create something custom. 513-245-4100 call or text. Or chat/email with the purple button.

Granddaughter at the game - best photo ever!
It all came together! I caught them in the air!

Wanda's excellent photo catching a ball after 1-1 Lesson

Private Lessons

1 to 1 Lessons concentrate on your particular camera, allow more shooting time, and help us help you with what you love to photograph!

2 Private Lessons, 2 hours each, cover the settings we cover in our Beyond Auto class, for $199.

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In Case of Emergency / Cancellation Policy

We understand emergencies happen. If you’re unable to attend 1 of the classes, you can make it up at the next session, or upgrade to a private lesson to make up that class for $75. If you need to cancel and do so 7 days before 1st class, you will be issued a full refund.

Our studio is near Powell Crosley YMCA & Winton Woods in Springfield Township, off Winton Road – 275 exit 39 or Winton /Galbraith exit off Cross County Highway.