Photography Private Lessons

Learn Quick & Easy Pro Tricks

Virtual Lessons make learning FUN & EASY

Get started with a fun 30 minute lesson! Just $25
You'll be Amazed how Easy it really is!

Beginners Welcome!

Virtual Lessons!

We’re offering 30 to 60 minute zoom and facetime lessons to make learning Photography fun, easy, and easy to schedule!

Perfect for everyone from Beginners to Aspiring Pros – learn ANYTHING photo related! Even iPad or iPhone tips! What we cover is totally up to YOU! 

And the best part – packages!

We’ll keep lessons short and sweet – focusing (ha!) on 1 or 2 techniques at a time so you’ll build your knowledge gradually – and you’ll be making the photographs you’ve dreamed of capturing in no time! So easy to fit into your crazy schedule! And of course handouts are included!

Choose a facetime lesson with your iPhone or iPad, or our new MULTICAMERA super duper lessons! So cool! Here’s how it works: You get 1 link to view your lesson in any browser or on any device. I use 1-4 cameras live.

  • 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 you and I are working on. I’ve been teaching over 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!

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! It’s really up to you and what you want to learn! Facetime or multi-camera link or a combination – also up to you!

What Clients Say:

  • 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.

Leave Your Camera’s AUTO Setting in the DUST

Factory settings are really frustrating aren’t they!? Check out those photos above from that adorable couple after just 2 hours! I know – 1 lesson and they came back with those image right out of their camera! Awesome, huh? Now it’s your turn…

Tell your camera where YOU want it to FOCUS and how LIGHT or DARK – getting the EXPOSURE YOU want the shot? Plus SUPER EASY BACKGROUND BLUR without any settings! Seriously!!!

You’ll learn my quick & easy tricks to capturing great photos, from Portraits to Sports, Family Shots, Nature, Travel and more! iPhone to SLR!

“I was truly impressed… I came to her stuck on AUTO and 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 & photographic interests, making my 1-1 Lesson a very personal and productive experience.” CATHY

Get Started: 1 Lesson
  • Lessons can cover any topic but here’s what we typically cover for Beginners:
  • Focus! get your camera to focus where YOU want, not the factory settings that choose for you! Yuck!
  • 1st Button to set – use 1 powerful button to adjust for bright sun, dark indoors, fast action
  • Tired of the Black Hole look? I have an easy fix!
  • Flash! when to REALLY use or not use flash – this tip blows everyone’s mind!
  • Lenses! Which lens to use when – yes there are really cool tricks for this too!
  • Or get 2X Fun: Bring a friend & split the cost – you get 2 lessons together for $125 each! Just have both friends book 1 lesson. Just let me know when you fill out your appointment form that you’re splitting & doing 2 lessons. 🙂
  • Remember, lessons are tailored to YOU and Your Experience Level
  • Book one 2 hour lesson $125 below

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  • $250. $199 for 2 Lessons saves you $50!
    Both lessons are tailored to you but here’s what beginner’s learn:
    All of Lesson 1 PLUS:
  • Unlocking Your Photo Super Power – Learn how one pro secret can totally transform your photos! Best part – Its EASY with ANY camera, even your cell phone.
  • Action! How to capture actions shots indoors & out
  • Focus tips for WAY better composition! Less cropping, better quality images.
  • Low light – it’s really not that hard!
  • Gorgeous family photos and portrait tips, plus getting the best images of your travels
  • Gear recommendations – what to put on your wish list that will work best for YOU.
  • File management tips – storing all your images
  • Smart Phone shooting & editing tricks with PDF
  • Ready to Save $50! This is our most popular solution for huge improvements to your photography. Book by choosing 2 LESSONS PACKAGE, then choose your 1st lesson date/time, then book your 2nd lesson when you’re ready.

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  • $375  Just $270.  3 Lessons are the perfect package to spend 2 lessons on your camera & 1 on organizing & editing all those amazing images!
    If you’re a Beginner, here’s what is typically covered: All of Lessons 1 & 2 Plus!
  • Tons of camera tips from lessons 1 & 2 plus more practice & questions answered!
  • Editing & Organizing – from phone to tablet to computer – based on what you use. Recommendations for editing software. Let’s cover what’s best for you & how to make organizing and finding your images much easier!
  • f-stops & Aperture: pretty blurred backgrounds without “math” – super simple!
  • (How to Avoid) Manual Mode
  • More jaw-dropping Flash & Settings controls
  • Your Special Interests – performances, macro, wildlife,… what’s your passion?
  • 3 lessons are also perfect to get a great handle on editing – especially if you’re using Lightroom/Photoshop – check out this blog post
  • SAVE $105. Choose the 3 LESSONS PACKAGE $270, then choose your date/time for your 1st lesson. You can book your 2nd & 3rd lesson when you’re ready. We recommend 2-3 weeks between lessons.

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  1. My Studio near Winton Woods – indoor and/or outdoor. Everyone LOVES the porch & pond on beautiful days.
  2. Winton Woods Harbor – outdoor action, beautiful views of the lake
  3. Glenwood Gardens – gorgeous scenery & gardens,
  4. the quaint village square in Glendale (mmm Bluebird Bakery! & trains!).
    These 4 locations are our “Go To” – you just need a Great Parks vehicle pass for the parks.


Of course i’ll meet you at your favorite location – perfect for learning where you work, play & live!
Quote based on time & miles, typically only $30 for most of the area. I love the riverfront! I do have a Zoo pass 🙂 if you’re up for an adventure…


Save yourself time & money – get the right camera/lenses for you – the 1st time! Not only will I be happy to help with suggestions, I have contacts with reputable helpful folks that won’t steer you into something that doesn’t suit your needs. Beware shopping at large online sites where you may spend money on a wrong lens/camera combination that won’t work or get gear without a USA warranty. Seriously! I’m always happy to help get what’s best for you – the first time! Check out this blog post on choosing the right style of camera for you.

Our studio: indooors + outdoors
Winton Lake + Harbor
Girlfriends Lesson, Glenwood Gardens


* I’ve simplified REGISTRATION to help you get signed up easily. Keep an eye on your email – i’ll send you a link for more information before your lesson so we can better serve you and help answer your questions
* 2 hours per lesson – just enough to get in-depth tips but not too much to be overwhelming.
* 1-2 weeks between lessons is recommended to keep your new knowledge fresh and build on it. Please keep lessons no more than 3 weeks apart for best results.
* Also available are All day, 2 day weekend, or half-day – just ask. Great for out-of-town visitors or longer drives.
* Bring friends – create your own custom group class. Our studio can accommodate up 8 vehicles & 12 people. I will create a custom link so you can split cost. Just ask if you have any questions – I am happy to help!
* Travel. Available to you or your favorite location based on time/miles. Typical cost ~$30 per lesson.
* Handouts relate to your camera/software! Be sure to send us your camera model & brief gear list before your lesson.
* Beginners: I recommend your 1st experience be 2-3 lessons so you have time to practice and come back with questions, spreading out all the info.
* Coupons. If you have a coupon code, just enter it at checkout. Discounts & savings codes are not valid on previous packages or purchases. Watch our Facebook page & other social (Instagram, twitter – @HartongDigital, sign up for our VIP Newsletter at the bottom, & refer friends, …
Referral Rewards! Ask about sharing with family & friends – you save & they save. 🙂
* VIP CLIENTS are family! After joining a Beyond Auto workshop or booking 2 lessons, you get VIP status = access to our Flickr group, special links & bonus eBooks, gatherings, and then some!  Plus a link to special VIP Client lessons with exclusive savings – follow up and continue learning more!
* Reschedule. Accepted for emergencies, or changes at least 48 hours prior. If you’d like an appointment outside our normal hours, please contact Malinda directly. We’ll confirm weather & location a day or so before your lesson. I can meet at the studio if it’s raining…
* Lesson Packages are Non-Refundable but are able to be transferred to another person. No exchanges for other services other than camera classes or lessons for same amount. That said, we do guarantee you’ll learn lots of amazing things!