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Beyond AUTO

Learn your camera beyond AUTO

Capture The Glow of the Holidays

ProCam Cincinnati
1014 Ohio Pike
Anderson Twp, Cincinnati OH 45245

Sunday November 12, 2-4pm
Just $25 + Eventbrite fee
Register Here

Learn how to make the most of your camera this holiday season… Low lighting and no flash can be less-than-ideal conditions for taking great seasonal photos.

• How to easily set your camera in low light both with and without using a flash

• How to best capture candlelight and holiday glow

• Flash, Speedlight and camera basics to capture the whole family and special moments


Your slr, mirrorless, or advanced point & shoot camera

If you have one, a 50mm prime lens. What this lens is great for: awesome indoor or low light photos of 1 person to a few people without needing a flash

A Speedlight – a flash that matches with your camera that attaches to the top on the hot shoe to give you more control and distance than the built in flash. If you don’t have one, you’ll have an opportunity to purchase one in the store

Experience Level:

This workshop is perfect for all levels beginner to advanced. Malinda and Glenn will share their simple formulas for shooting in Low Light – every time – without without guessing!


You're Smarter than your Camera

You DON’T need FULL Manual Mode to get amazing photos! You DON’T need to shoot Raw images to get the best quality!

Malinda Hartong, Photojournalist, has over 20 years practical everyday experience, including daily news. We PROMISE you’ll be amazed at just how EASY it is to capture jaw-dropping images!

Seriously!!! Stop watching confusing & complicated online video. Grab your camera & let’s make it FUN!

Unlike OTHER classes, you’ll actually learn how to use the BUTTONS on YOUR CAMERA!

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

“She is a great instructor and never makes you feel stupid. She speaks and teaches on a level that is understandable… Give it a try, you won’t regret it!!!!!” Barbara

Our Beyond AUTO workshop is unique – offering handouts designed to help you with YOUR CAMERA. Where to find the right buttons to adjust focus, exposure, etc. Plus how and why to adjust a few factory settings!

Leave the frustration of AUTO, and skip the classes & online videos that expect you know all the jargon & make it hard – seemingly on purpose!

We use everyday language! Tons of examples! We keep it Simple!

Our intimidation-free workshops are designed to get the most out of YOUR Camera!

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Next Session

3 Saturday morning classes (plus 1 in case of bad weather – so please mark your calendar for all 4 Saturdays in January 2018)
January 4-25, 10am-12:30pm
Springfield Township Senior & Community Center
9058 Winton Road
Cincinnati OH 45231 

Registration for January session opens November 20, 2017. Gift Certificates are available – with choice of class or lesson.
You’ll actually learn YOUR camera buttons!

We're excited to offer Private Lessons

1 to 1 Lessons
  • 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.
  • Carol
    As a complete novice, I started with Beyond Auto.  Since then I've taken photo editing and six hours of private lessons.  I've learned so much and look forward to using what I've learned and participating on the photo walks.  Melinda also helped me understand the different types of lenses, filters, monopods, memory cards, etc...for the type of photography I intend to do.  Highly recommend for anyone wanting to learn or enhance your photography and/or editing skills.
  • 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.

Ready to Learn Your Camera?

Leave the overly complicated videos, RAW, and Manual Mode to the people that WANT to make HARD!

We’ve honed our tricks & handouts to what you REALLY need to know – and you’ll be blown away at how SIMPLE it is! Sign up for the next class, or join us for Private Lessons.

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!
  • More dynamic photos, better composition
  • Amazing family portraits
  • Your Best Travel Memories EVER!

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