Beyond AUTO

Learn your camera beyond AUTO

Learn Your Camera

Start making better images right after the 1st class! Take control of focus, exposure, flash and more. You won’t believe how easy it is! Our Beyond Auto Workshop is 8 hours of class & practice time filled with tons of real world examples to help you better use your camera – with page after page of handouts filled with pro tricks (great reference!). Registration cost & class size varies with location.

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. Mirna

Handouts for YOUR Camera

It's Easier than You Think

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!
Practical Pro Tricks explained in everyday language! Leave the frustration of Auto Mode behind, and skip the classes and online videos that expect you know all the terms! Our intimidation-free workshops are designed to get the most out of your camera, painlessly! WITHOUT Manual Mode! Our tips help you Just Make the Shot!

January 7-28, 10am-12:30pm

Springfield Twp Senior & Community Center
9058 Winton Road, Cincinnati 45231
$150, Class Limit 16.

3 Saturday morning classes (8 hours of class & practice time), with 1 for a possible snow day, so please make sure to mark your calendar for all 4 Saturdays.

Hartong Digital Media photo workshops

Class 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!

Hartong Digital Media photo workshops

Class 2: Exposure + Composition
  • Composition Tricks
  • Exposure – how your camera measures light and how to get it to behave for you!
  • Fixing Exposure – the EASY way
  • Save Highlights – amazing sunsets!
  • No more cave-dwelling photos!


Class 3: Lenses & F-stops, Aperture Priority Mode
  • lenses: Which lens to use when, the “real” difference between telephoto & wide angle
  • f-stops – simplifying the “math” to get amazing blurred backgrounds – fast & so easy!
  • composition: Tips & Tricks for more dynamic photos, when to use which lens and why.
  • plus how to AVOID manual mode


What our attendees say about our BEYOND AUTO Workshop

  • TAKE THIS CLASS!!!! You will learn so much about your camera and how to fix common mistakes. Great investment !!! Amanda
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Very Informative. I thought I would need to understand Manual Mode... Glad I can get what I want with Aperture Priority! Rebecca
  • 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.
  • “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.”

Signing Up

We use an awesome service for class registration as well as booking lessons. We accept PayPal & major credit cards.

To register for any class:

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  4. We’re working on streamlining the process. Contact Malinda if you have any questions at all, or to split or create something custom. 513-245-4100 call or text. Or CHAT via the purple button.

TEENS you’re invited too – if you’re 12-16, you’re asked to bring an adult along (who need not register).

Limited class size – this class is our most popular – sessions tend to fill quickly. Register early! Just click the 1st class date below. You’ll receive a reminder & directions email about a week before your session.

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.