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A Breathtaking Photoshoot In The Air With The New Elinchrom ELB1200

2/27/2017 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

© Tristan Shu

This interview with extreme photographer Tristan Shu was originally published on and was shared with permission.

Ever wondered what it felt like to fly?

Tristan and his team pulled another crazy stunt in Turkey and turned air into their own playground in a unique photoshoot with the ELB 1200.

You are specialized in adventure photography.After all you’ve accomplished, how do you manage to go even further in this field?

When we tried these paragliding photoshoots, it was like opening a Pandora’s box. The more we shoot, the more ideas came to our minds.

What seemed impossible to realise a while ago, started becoming easier with experience and training; so we kept innovating. And it’s only the beginning! There are so many beautiful places sculpted by Mother Earth that I’d like to photograph, and where I’d love to fly.

© Yannick Dacheux

I’m surrounded by an incredible team of friends who help me produce incredible images and have pushed me to become even more creative.

The tools at our disposal also get better! Just like the new Elinchrom battery pack.

With the ELB 1200 we could finally realise the impossible within the adventure photography field. For this project, we could recreate an astonishing photography studio outdoor, with a paraglide, a base jumper, and a wingsuit.

What is the story behind this amazing base jump image?

We had a lot of ideas around this project. We quickly all agreed that the base jump image would bring a new dimension to the audience.

It took us a few trials to arrive to the end result. We needed a perfect synchronisation between the whole crew, but with training and a bit of luck we got the perfect shoot!

For the whole week, I kept thinking that we needed more preparation time. When I triggered, I remember thinking that Guillaume Galvani (the base jumper) was almost too close to me. If I wanted to, I could have given him a high-five. In the end, it was perfect!

"These moments were magical"
This tension at take off when everyone knew exactly what they were supposed to do; the few minutes before taking the shoot with complete and utter silence, and the moment when Guillaume flew by, a moment of pure magic with a magnificent sunset in the background.

A very short but infinite moment, as if time had stopped.

Why was the ELB 1200 the perfect unit for this project?

So many elements have to work together on the right time, and at the right place. You need to have a flash equipment that you can rely on to obtain unbelievable images.

"We can now literally create our own studio outdoor."

With the ELB 1200, you can play with light like never before, use the unit during complex photoshoots, all of which with an incredible ease of use.

Lightweightness and ergonomy are the first features that you notice instantly when using the unit. We can easily control power at a certain distance, which turned out to be remarkably practical to change our settings whilst flying!

© Yannick Dacheux

The ELB 1200 gives you a feeling of reliability and robustness, something that I’ve always admired on Elinchrom units. It provides all the flexibility and reliability you need, and allow you to concentrate all your energy and attention on other elements of the shooting, to make sure your experience is a success.

It is so easy to use that any photographer delving into the world of flash photography will be able to master it without tedious learning curve.

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The New Elinchrom ELB 1200

Elinchrom reveals today the ELB 1200, a remarkably powerful, robust and portable battery pack designed to take photographers to new heights!

After a successful launch of the ELB 400 in 2015, Elinchrom decided to offer more flexibility to action and on-location photographers with a new unit. Weighing only 4.3 kg, the ELB 1200 is revolutionizing the photographic industry by allowing photographers to carry smaller, more powerful packs to every possible location their adventures may take them!

Specifications & Features:


  1. 18 x 13 x 28 cm
  2. 3.2 kg (without battery)
  3. Large OLED control display
  4. Fast recycling times (1.7s in FAST mode, 3s in DEFAULT mode)
  5. Strobo, sequence and delayed flash mode
  6. USB for firmware updates

Li-Ion Battery

  1. Weather resistant design
  2. Battery Air / 215 full power flashes, 1.1 kg (included)
  3. Battery Air / 80 min of continuous LED light
  4. Battery HD / 400 full power flashes, 1.5 kg (optional)
  5. Battery HD / 120 min of continuous LED light
  6. 5V USB power output
  7. Shipping mode for travelling

Flash Head

  1. Heavy duty compact head
  2. Aluminium housing
  3. 22.5 x 14 x 23 cm
  4. 2.2 kg
  5. Aluminium tilt head
  6. 7 mm and/or 8 mm umbrella tube
  7. 92 CRI dimmable daylight LED equivalent to 250w Halogen
  8. For both still photography and video
  9. Silent video mode

  1. Photographer : SHU Tristan
  2. Assistant Photographer : PONSAR Yann
  3. Wingsuit, BaseJump & AcroPilot : GALVANI Guillaume
  4. Tandem & Elinchrom Wing Pilot : DACHEUX Yannick
  5. Tandem & Acro Pilots : NOUGAROLLES Jim, CHIRON Maxime, TOY Ferdi, YESIL Ali
  6. Art Director & Acro Pilot : CHANDELIER Jean-Baptiste
  7. Directed by : MERENDET Jean-Baptiste (JIBEHEM) & CHANDELIER Jean-Baptiste 
  8. Main Footage : MERENDET Jean-Baptiste (JIBEHEM) & CHANDELIER Jean-Baptiste
  9. Additionnal Footage : ONE2 PRODUCTION
  10. Editing : MERENDET Jean-Baptiste (JIBEHEM)

The ELB 1200 will be available mid-2017 with pricing to be announced at a later date.

About Elinchrom:

Since 1962, Elinchrom has been producing the world’s most portable lighting gear, drawing from a heritage of more than 50 years of innovation. More information on: Elinchrom ELB 1200

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