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Photojournalist Malinda Hartong shares tricks from 20 years of news photography, simplifying your camera’s settings so you capture amazing photos! Malinda helps you document your life -the moments that matter, the ones that fill you with love, the joyful ones, and the ones that break your heart. Even the little everyday ones in between. Grab your camera and make amazing photos – today!

Learn your camera

Learn Easy Pro Tricks for your camera from Photojournalist Malinda Hartong, with 20 years professional experience. Handouts for your camera, with it’s buttons simplified. Fun filled and PRACTICAL! Skip the hard stuff and learn the easy way to MAKE the shots you want!

Malinda’s classes offer an in depth explanation of all those camera buttons. She offers quick camera tricks and handouts for reference. GREAT teacher, awesome class! Jenny B

Beyond AUTO Mode Camera Workshop

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.

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. Tessa

Learn how to fix exposure problems.

Fix FOCUS & EXPOSURE. Ban blur. Easily overcome dark images with Malinda’s MAGIC BUTTON tips for YOUR camera.

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.

You’ll Learn How To:

bn_redsrookies03Tons of Practical Pro Tricks explained in everyday language! Factory settings don’t even let you choose where the camera focuses! Leave the frustration of Auto Mode behind, and skip the classes & online videos that expect you know all the terms! Intimidation-free workshops designed to get the most out of your camera, painlessly! Open to adults through teens with any interchangeable lens camera (DSLR or mirrorless) or advanced point & shoot (with dial that has P, A, S, M).

“TAKE THIS CLASS !!!! You will learn so much about your camera and how to fix common mistakes. Great investment !!!” Amanda

We’ve updated with Mobile Friendly registration. Just fill in the form after clicking Register – We never keep or even see your card info. You can also mail a check if you like. There’s a form for all your info on the confirmation page (your full contact & camera info, or email us later).

We’ll send a reminder and detailed directions a few days before your class. Or call Malinda 513-245-4100


If you’ve been looking a photography instructor, who is knowledgeable, hands on and creative, you’ve found the right person! From firsthand experience, Malinda is not only very knowledgeable about digital photography, but it’s her years of field experience, that helps her students better understand their camera’s and why their pictures might or might not have turned out the way they were intended. She’s very knowledgeable on various cameras and is willing to teach to any kind (no camera discrimination, here!). I’m more comfortable with my camera settings and more confident I can make the best judgment call, even when shooting in unfamiliar lighting. Kara

Upcoming Beyond AUTO Sessions:

Sept 13 – Oct 4, 7-9pm – Ft Thomas KY

Northern Kentucky
4 Tuesday nights, 7-9pm
Fort Thomas Rec Center
950 South Ft Thomas Ave
Ft Thomas Ky 41075

October 8-22 – our studio

3 Saturday mornings, 10am-12:30pm
Springfield Township, Cincinnati OH 45231
our studio near Winton Woods, conveniently located between I275 exit 39 & Ron Reagan Cross County Hwy 1 exit west of 75. Quickly register with your email below, then fill in the form. Or register at the bottom of the page by clicking the date of 1st class.


Learn how to shoot action indoors as well as outdoors

DSLR Beyond Auto workshop covers YOUR CAMERA’s buttons:

  • FOCUS: We fix this in the 1st class. Tell your camera what YOU want! It’s so easy!
  • FLASH: Doesn’t it always flash at the wrong time in Auto! Flash really is important for great photos but Auto is evil 🙂 You’ll learn when & how to Force Flash (this pro trick will blow your mind! And the best part is how easy it is!) You’ll also learn when NOT to use flash & how to turn it OFF.
  • ACTION!: Tired of blurry photos? Get great action photos! Indoors and out!
  • ZOOM & LENSES: Wide Angle vs. Telephoto. When & how to use which lens for best results, from portraits to landscapes & closeups.
  • PORTRAITS: Get the BEST photos of your family with Malinda’s location & lens tips – without changing any settings!
  • SETTINGS: We simplify Aperture (f-stop), Shutter Speed, & ISO! What they mean and how to EASILY adjust them – forget confusing formulas! We have easy tricks to get blurred backgrounds – better portraits and sharp action shots in any light!
  • MODES: When & how to use P, A, S, (& avoid using) Manual Mode.
  • COMPOSITION: Tips & Tricks for Dynamic Photos – and easily getting the subject out of the center. You’ll be amazed at how much better your family photos will be! Less editing! More great shots!
  • LIGHTING & EXPOSURE: how to overcome common problems, especially big white splotches on your subject!
  • MAGIC BUTTON: Malinda’s favorite! NAIL the exposure YOU want, not what the camera gives you! You’ll be able to make your shot lighter or darker in a flash ha! 🙂
  • RESOLUTION, SAVINGavoid accidentally destroying your images! Images will look better, crop better, print better!
  • TEENS you’re invited too – if you’re 12-16, you’re asked to bring an adult along (who need not register).
  • You’re encouraged to share photos after this class, ask lots of questions, and become part of our Photo Family. You’ll get access to our special group where you can post photos & comments.

Very Informative. I thought I would need to understand Manual Mode… Glad I can get what I want with Aperture Priority! Rebecca

Learn easy pro tricks for your camera from portraits to action, even overcome tricky lighting.

Learn easy pro tricks for your camera from portraits to action, even overcome tricky lighting.

Register Now with any major credit card or PayPal – click class then 1st class date.


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. Kate, DSLR


Private Lessons

1 to 1 lessons, from $125, include the same handouts and tips as our most popular camera classes, but are tailored to your experience level, interests, and camera – most popular are 2 – 2 hour lessons for $199. Custom classes are also available for your group.

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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.

DSLR Beyond Auto
"It's her years of field experience, that helps her students better understand their camera's and why their pictures might or might not have turned out the way they were intended." Kara
Learn Easy Pro Tricks
Your photos will never be the same. It's easier than you think.
Crash Course
"Great "crash course". Learned a lot more than expected." Lillian
From Day 1
"Even better than I hoped for. Day one alone was worth the price of admission." Patrick

Success Stories

A mom tried for YEARS to catch a shot of her son breaking a board with his martial arts skills. After the 1st class of our Beyond Auto workshop, she figured out how to capture it - and on the 1st frame! THIS is what makes this workshop so worthwhile, and rewarding for Malinda to share all those years of experience! Another gal tried for 10 YEARS to get a great photograph her all-black pet - they're always tough, but we have black dogs ourselves. After Malinda shared a few tips on lighting, she got several wonderful photos - she was so giddy at the next class! What will your success story be? Get notified of upcoming classes:

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