Photography Private Lessons

Learn Quick & Easy Pro Tricks
You'll be Amazed how Easy it really is!

Beginners Welcome!

Learn Your Camera

It’s so much easier than you might think! Time to sharpen your camera skills, whether you’re using your iPhone or an SLR!

I’ve been shooting for decades – distilling pro tricks for Beginners, and taking Advanced Photographers to the next level. We customize your lesson exactly to what you need to know to take your photographs to the next level – no matter what gear you use! Let’s get started!
From Photography to Editing and organizing, we can cover what you want to learn!

What Clients Say:

  • Just wanted to give a quick shoutout to someone that has recently helped me on the photography front...maybe she can help you, too! Thanks, Malinda Hartong for taking some time to help me out with some Lightroom and Photoshop editing shortcuts. I've been using you're tips and tricks from our session for the last several weeks. You've helped my workflow and I feel I've become more efficient with my editing time. Now, I just need more time to shoot

    🙂 For the rest of you...are you new to photography? Getting a new camera for Christmas? Maybe you want to polish up your phone photography...check out Hartong Digital Media. Malinda is a great teacher and can help you with all things photography. Thanks, again Malinda Hartong...I'll be back for more!

    Dwayne S
    News Video Pro
  • 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
  • I recently completed two 1-1 lessons with Malinda, and they were great! After the first lesson, I already felt much more confident with my camera and took better pictures. After the 2nd, I felt like I knew even more and knew how to put a few finishing touches through editing. It was great meeting on-location and taking photos with her, using the skills as we were talking about them. I'd recommend her!
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  • Working with Hartong Digital for some photography lessons was amazing. Within the first few minutes, I had already started taking better pictures. Malinda has this down to a science and after a few tweaks here and there, your pictures are professional grade. I enjoyed the time with her, she's funny, easy going, and extremely knowledgeable. I highly recommend investing with Hartong, you will get the best.
  • Malinda is an extremely fun, informative and engaging instructor who will elevate your skills and passion for your photography journey. Whether you are a beginner, pro or hobbiest, you will be ecstatic that you made the choice of attending any of her classes or workshops. She is truly amazing!

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


* REGISTRATION is super easy to do online, or text me to help you get signed up easily.
* 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 so you build as you go forward.
* Visiting Cincinnati? Ask about 2 day weekend and half-day workshops. 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. I’m happy to come to you or your favorite location based on time/miles. Average cost ~$30 per lesson to cover travel around Greater Cincinnati area. Our studio is centrally located within 20 minutes of most of town.
* Handouts relate to your camera/software! Be sure to send us your camera model & 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 everything you’ll learn in easy bitesized sessions.
* 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 & Instagram @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 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. Emergencies happen. If you’d like to change an appointment or meet outside our normal hours, please contact Malinda directly. We’ll confirm weather & location a day or so before your lesson. We can meet at the studio or on the front porch if it’s raining…
* CDC Guidelines – we follow CDC guidelines for social distancing and mask wearing. We also offer virtual zoom lessons anywhere in the US. Our studio is here for just you – very low traffic, amazing outdoor areas, and Winton Woods less than 1 mile away.
* 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!