Sunday, 19 December 2010

YellowMelen Christmas BBQ

Photographs from the YellowMelen Christmas BBQ on the 15th December.  It was very cold and rainy but a 6x4m sheet was quite useful to stop the rain but it also kept the smoke.

Some of the photographs from the afternoon taken on a Panasonic GF1 with a 20mm pancake lens.  It is neat little camera with excellent quality images.  Took a bit of time to figure out how to use the focus and configure it properly but once i had superb.  The f1.7 20mm pancake is fantastic and allow not only a lot of light but great depth of field.

Looking forward to trying this camera out more with street photography.

GF1 & 20mm pancake lens

Alistair Peck
Ed Morton

Jay McLaughlin

Alistair Peck

Jay McLaughlin

Jay McLaughlin

Jay McLaughlin

Alistair Peck

Phil Richardson

Jay McLaughlin

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

National Trust Ashridge Outdoor Flash Kit

Here is a list of equipment used on Monday's photography course at the National Trust Ashridge Estate

Manfrotto MN026 Lite Tite Swivel and Umbrella Adaptor

Interfit Heavy Duty Lighting Stand

Calumet Heavy-Duty Background Support

Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash

Off-Camera Shoe Cord OC-E3

Pocket Wizard

Other wireless triggers
Hahnel triggers  £59
Viewfinder triggers

iShoot PT-04CN Wireless Flash Trigger Control with Remote
One Flash Kit Wireless Trigger Kit
Two Flash Kit Wireless Trigger Kit

Sekonic L-358 Flash Master Light Meter

Softbox Umbrella

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Exquisite Photo Day

It was good day out on Friday with Lee, Oli, Rishi and Cat joined us for the evening.  A walk around Camden, Kensington, the South Bank and even the City.  We took some interesting shots on the Canon and a few on our phones

Thursday, 22 July 2010



This a free day out within the company of other photographers and you only need money for travel and food.  Show us your great photography skills by joining us on 13th of August.

We will use one DSLR in the morning for the Exquisite Corpse and our mobile phones in the afternoon. Most of the images will go in a book afterwards and you can purchase your own copies if you wish.

Please email or let us know via Facebook if you wish to come along as there are only 12 places available.

You just need to get to meet at Berkhamsted Station for 10am or London the Tate for 11am and bring money for food!

Monday, 21 June 2010

Exquisite Corpse 14th July 9 am


we have two people already in Paul and Ryan,  with only 8 places left email us to book a place.

The day is free you just need money for food.  We will be walking about 3 miles in the country rain or shine to get some food and then 3 miles back.  It will take most of the day and everyone will take a photos that will go in to the book!

email or reply to the blog or FB to say you are attending.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

MelenCourses Photo Day Out - Exquisite corpse

Would you like to like to come along and spend the day photographing with other photographers?

There are 10 places available for 10 photographers to come and spend the day with us taking photographs to produce an Exquisite corpse book.

The date is Wednesday the 14th July and we will meet at MelenStudios at 0900 and chose a location near by to photograph.

Each person will only see the previous persons photograph, they will then have to photograph something themselves following on from that image. Once we have taken enough images will put them to get into a book!

This is on a first come first serve basis and please feel free to ask any questions.

Either sign up here on facebook or email me at
Exquisite corpse (also known as exquisite cadaver or rotating corpse) is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled, the result being known as the exquisite corpse or cadavre exquis in French. ...

Monday, 7 June 2010

Photography Studio Hire

If you have attended a photography courses with MelenCourses or you would like to hire equipment and studio space please contact us about availability.

Studio Hire Charges (2012)

Studio Booking only no equipment
Studio, grounds, kitchen and WiFi
£ 20 per hour
£ 50 half day
£ 90 full day
plus VAT

Studio Booking only with equipment

Studio, grounds, kitchen and WiFi. Equipment - Elinchrom Heads, Soft boxes, Stands, Backgrounds, & Reflectors.

£ 35 per hour

£100 half day
£180 full day
plus VAT

Paper Roll usage £ 8 per metre used
Studio Assistant £20
All plus VAT

YellowMelen, MelenStudios , 
01582 840172

Great Barn, Whitehouse Farm, Gaddesden Row, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 6HG

Sunday, 6 June 2010

MelenCourses Lighting One Photography Course

A list of useful kit for flash lighting

Wireless Flash Devices
Pocket Wizards

For compatibility with Canon cameras see

For compatibility Nikon see (due soon)

Elinchrom Canon 580 ex ii

Nikon SB900


Manfrotto MN026 tilt and swivel umbrella holder

These are great bags and beltpacks from

Think Tank

Umbrella Softbox plenty on eBay

Lastolite backgrounds

Viewfinder Photography
A cheaper alternative may be found with Viewfinder Photography as with other strobe equipment and accessories.

Useful Link