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    Everyone knows the Tour de France race, but the Tour de France Photo is something quite different. Instead of mounting your bike and setting off in discovery of the country, you load up your photo equipment as you visit France. Elinchrom joined the project for its 5 event and offers you here a small insight into a journey on the lake between Switzerland and France on a superb "Belle-Epoque" boat.

    4000 km of photographic adventures with camper vans in 15 spots over 2 weeks.

    This is the unique concept of the Tour de France Photo 2015. Workshops in various places with a definite theme in which several teams, made up of photographers, models, makeup artists, hairstylists, stylists and video-makers participate.

    All are united through one or several stages for the sole purpose of giving everyone the opportunity to meet each other and set up photographic projects. The diversity of the situations and getting to know the participants and the equipment available makes the experience particularly rich and exciting for all. 

    Every year, the tour’s team, led by Thomas Ueberschlag, is given the means to bring together all the bodies of skills from the photographic scene in order to highlight the best.

    © Thomas Ueberschlag / Tour de France Photo 2015




    There is

    nothing to gain

    if not some lessons in photography and being spotted as the talent of tomorrow.

    © Quentin Décaillet / Image 2

    There is nothing to gain if not some marvelous lessons in photography and, for some, the hope of being spotted as the talent of tomorrow. 

    Today, the stage of the day unfolds on a boat in the middle of the Lac Léman.  

    The light is beautiful, the air is gentle and models pose on the bridge; the ambiance is composed and relaxed as the shoots follow each other in a sustained rhythm.

    The day started early this morning and everyone was on the Lausanne quay at 9 am, waiting to embark on the boat. The groups have already been created in advance on Facebook, which gives rise immediately to ideas exchanges on the day’s shoots to come.

    Many photographers are already discussing photography and equipment.

    Some have their own gear and yet others rely on Elinchrom for light and other brands for lenses and cameras to discover and experiment new ways of photographing with the tools they could borrow.

    Only a short time is needed to assemble the equipment on board: lights, costumes, food, etc. It is a terrific amount of organisation to get everything necessary in place so that the whole of this little world can work together efficiently for a complete day on a boat.

    Once on board, everything accelerates. The models’ makeup starts without delay and the photographers immediately begin to set-up.

    Tripods are unfolded, softboxes are deployed and flashlights installed. The wind does not help matters, but each photographer has an assistant to deal with small contingencies.

    Most of the photographers are familiar with flash without being experts in the field.

    The aim here is really to experiment and test the photo equipment available. During the entire tour, the participants will have the opportunity to use ELB 400 kits and light modifiers, to find out details about them and how to use them.

    © Patrick Macias / Image 4

    The ELB 400 is a small portable battery that enables two flash heads to be connected. It is very mobile and will prove to be the ideal companion in such a sensitive environment as a boat.

    Accompanying people who have never touched flash is important. The fear of handling flash and finding yourself powerless and in the unknown is a barrier that has to be broken down.

    We guide them in the use of this new tool for creating artificial light.

    This type of event is the perfect opportunity for those beginning to discover the simplicity of using a portable battery such as the ELB 400. 

    The advantage mobility brings and its ease of use gives immediate results, all with a simple basic installation. As the day goes on, the use of an alternative source of light becomes the norm, obligatory even, for obtaining a unique image with its own style.

    As bottom line, the concept of the Tour de France Photo is a great initiative, each photographer from beginner level to semi-pro has the opportunity to test the equipment in exceptional surroundings. The experience and the competition are the key words for this event that is unique of its type, and its success is indisputable.

    Each year, more and more entrants are rushing to register, but tickets are increasingly limited.


    Don't miss the next Tour in 2016!

    © Grégory Lienert / Image 7

    Tour de France Photo's Website  /  Follow the Tour on Facebook


    Learn more about the portable battery flash system

    The ELB 400

    Tour de France Photo To Go Set

    • Q-Reflector Grid 18cm (7")

      Q-Reflector Grid 18cm (7")N° 26056

      This reflector combines a high output with a good spread of light while the internal recess accepts 18 cm grids. Offers one extra stop of light.

      For Quadra heads and ELM8 unit only.

    • Grid 20° 18cm (7")

      Grid 20° 18cm (7")N° 26101

      This grid strongly limits the light spread and offers sharper shadows. 

      Fits only the RQ Grid Reflector 18 cm and the Grid Reflector 18 cm.
      Excessive heat can damage units and accessories.
      Reduce modelling lamp power when reflectors are used with grids or snoots.
      Grids should never be used with 650W modelling lamps.

    • Tripod Air Set 105-264 cm

      Tripod Air Set 105-264 cmN° 31052

      Lightweight and safe, these air cushinoed black aluminium tripods are designed to use your flash units with heavier accessories.

      This tripod set is an ideal complement to the BRX and ELC Pro HD To Go sets.

    • Rotalux® Softbox Octa 135 cm

      Rotalux® Softbox Octa 135 cmN° 26184

      Very popular among beauty and fashion photographers, as they prefer the round catchlight given by this softbox.

      You can make yourself a great folding beauty dish just by removing the front and inner diffusers and adding one of the optional deflectors. 

    • Rotalux® Softbox Deep Octa 70 cm

      Rotalux® Softbox Deep Octa 70 cmN° 26187

      The ideal softbox on location.

      The Deep Octa 70 cm is an excellent crispy and direct light when used without the internal and external diffusers. Perfect for beauty and fashion. The narrow shape reduces the spread of light and offers sharper shadows compared to standard sized octagonal softboxes. 

    • Portalite Octa Softbox 56cm (22")

      Portalite Octa Softbox 56cm (22")N° 26152

      Designed to work as a small beauty dish when used with the optional deflector set. This softbox is a great addition to any D-Lite system.

      The EL speedring and rods are designed to give good stability and quick assembly for anyone looking to get the job well done and quickly done.

    • Rotalux® Softbox 50x130 cm

      Rotalux® Softbox 50x130 cmN° 26181

      This softbox is great for product photography, especially bottles and other round reflectives items.

      They can also be used for ¾ length portraits and are also widely used to light backgrounds where the length helps avoid fall-off from top to bottom.


    Image 1

    Title : "Undercover Agent"

    Photographer : Patrick Macias

    Hair : William Simoncini

    Makeup : Suna Myles

    Model : Lorene Czysz

    Spot : CGN Boat - Lausanne  

    Image 2

    Title : "The Beauty & The Evil Mermaid" 

    Photographer : Quentin Décaillet

    Hair : Jeanne Lagger

    Stylist : Aymeric Futol

    Makeup :  Carinamua

    Model : Sandra Suarez

    Spot : CGN Boat - Lausanne


    Image 3

    Title : "Back in Time" 

    Photographer : Grégory Lienert

    Makeup : Suna Myles

    Model : Yoann Ribeiro

    Spot : CGN Boat - Lausanne

    Image 4

    Title : "Undercover Agent"

    Photographer : Patrick Macias

    Hair : William Simoncini

    Makeup : Suna Myles

    Model : Lorene Czysz

    Spot : CGN Boat - Lausanne

    Image 5

    Title : "Mafia Girl" 

    Photographer : Patrick Macias

    Stylist : Suna Myles

    Hair : Jeanne Lagger

    Makeup : Suna Myles

    Model : Cylia Furrer

    Spot : CGN Boat - Lausanne

    Image 6

    Title : "Vie à bord" 

    Photographer : Stephane Droal

    Hair : Priscillia Hallier

    Makeup : Benedicte Ngiambila

    Model : Thomas Vouardoux / Sarah Pecherski

    Spot : CGN Boat - Lausanne

    Image 7

    Title : "Back in Time" 

    Photographer : Grégory Lienert

    Makeup : Suna Myles

    Model : Yoann Ribeiro

    Spot : CGN Boat - Lausanne


    Image 8

    Title : "Sur le lac Léman dans les années 20" 

    Photographer : Eric Lamugniere

    Spot : CGN Boat - Lausanne