Ritenour’s Photography

Ritenour’s Photography

5.0 (6)
3 employees
20 years in business

About this pro

I show students how to create images they want - either portraits or fine art photographic prints. Go to our web site www.FineArtAmerica. Click on Community then click on Independent Artist under Sellers. When a page with a box in the center opens enter Ritenour. Then click on Frank Ritenour. You will now see my pictures sorted by collections. 

I teach a 9-week class, hold workshops, and have very inexpensive photo trips to some great locations.

Questions, call me at 949-412-4890.

I enjoy taking pictures and really enjoy seeing my students become good photographers and enjoy the beauty that's all around us. My photography club gives them a place to continue the learning and be around others that enjoy photography. It is enjoyable watching students enjoying themselves on our photo trips. 

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San Clemente, CA 92673
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6 Reviews


  • Shelly with Zen Yum Events

    Running my own business as a yoga instructor as well photography artist in nature, Frank has professionally guided me to easy learning material. He is well knowledgeable of what basic points to learn of a camera to just starting off. I didn’t feel pressure of too much information. Hands on field trips too helped making the learning from him a wonderful experience. I highly recommended those beginning to learn or want to enhance their advance levels.

  • James Kiefer

    Frank’s class was comprehensive and detailed enough for a beginner photographer to understand. Frank answered questions completely and made sure the person was satisfied with the answer. His class includes at least 2 “in the field” experiences. The class covered everything from camera setup to workflow (including lighting and portrait) to B&W and output (including prints and displays). I couldn’t ask for a more comprehensive beginning photography course.

  • James Kiefer

    Frank presents the weekly subject in detail and is comprehensive in its coverage. He accepts questions readily and answers them quickly and completely. He makes sure the person is satisfied before going on. The class covers the gamut for beginning photographers - camera setup to workflow to B&W to portraits to output (including print and display) and more. He includes at least 2 "in the field" sessions during the course. I, personally, couldn't have had a better, more comprehensive course.

  • Jeff schoff

    His expertise, making it fun, his ability to teach each subject. My first class was 10 years ago, and I still use his instructions

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I have a questionnaire students fill out so I know about their experience level, what camera equipment they have and how they currently process their images. Then I can make sure I cover any special need or problem they have.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have taken all the photography classes the local college offers, have taken many commercial classes, seminars and workshops put on by Professional Photographers of America. I have over 19 years of experience as a professional photographer doing family pictures, commercial photography and teaching classes.

In order to provide continuing photography education, I have a photography club (www.meetup.com/PhotographicArtClub) with over 600 members. we meet once a month and do local photo shoots to hone our skills. I do presentations at our monthly meetings on photography subjects requested by members or are current topics.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I provide private lessons and teach my nine-week class called "From Snapshots to Art." It includes one three hour class a week and two in the field trip to give students the chance to demonstrate what they have learned in class. Each week there is an assignment to take pictures about what was covered in class. Their pictures are critiqued at the beginning of the next class. The price is $398. I provide students with ongoing support after the class is over. When students are in a rush, I can do a two class per week series to get them ready for an upcoming trip or important event.

How did you get started teaching?

I have had a lot of experience teaching all sorts of classes for various technical products. I have the ability to teach complex subjects in a way people can understand. 

I knew many people who did not understand how to use their camera equipment and always used the auto modes so I started teaching my class to get them out of snapshot mode. I enjoy helping people get to the point where they are taking great pictures and having fun.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with beginners who just bought a camera and didn't know how the use it to professional film photographers who needed to learn digital photography. Many of my students have gone on to start their own photography business. I have taught photo classes at the Boys and Girls Club to young students (10 to 17 years).

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

After completing my class, a student was able to photograph a friends wedding successfully. He was happy.

Another student went on a trip they have been wanting to take for several years. Her pictures were great and she was able to give a good presentation at our photography club meeting.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

If they are willing to learn and do what I teach in class they will become good photographers. My photography club provides an important ongoing learning environment to continue their learning of all the new things in photography.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What do they want to photograph? Why?

Are they willing to do the work to succeed?

How motivated are they?

Are they OK with technical things?

What kind of issues are they having now?