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#AskSvenAnything - Episode 2 4

From photo techniques to illegal moves to get the shot, Sven Martin conducts another mountain bike media masterclass.

#AskSvenAnything - Episode 2

Sven Martin, renowned mountain bike photographer, answers some of your questions in the second installment of #AskSvenAnything. Whether he’s giving a photography tutorial or describing how getting certain photographs was "probably-legal", his answers are inspiring and document the history of our great sport. Take your time, enjoy the audio responses and get lost in the tiny sampling of photos he chose for this month's feature.

A big thanks to Santa Cruz Bicycles for getting behind this fun feature and thank you to everyone who participated in the first round of questions. Stay tuned to @VitalMTB on Instagram for round 3 in early March.

Follow Sven on Instagram - @svenmartinphoto

1. Introduction - #AskSvenAnything Episode 2

The cost of a photo these days.


Sven and Dan Hearn making work happen.

EWS Chile, 2018

2. How Did Sven get into photography, general photography equipment advice, and photo-editing tips based on questions from @harrythompson_1, @ada.m.b, @howzone, @elitott_glynn and @c.lowson

Sven has decades of photography experience, perfecting his craft throughout the years. Newcomers and aspiring photographers, embrace his experience.


Peaty, Val di Sole, 2016

Crankworx Rotorua Dual Slalom, 2020.

Juliana Joplin shoot.

Leogang 2019

The Devinci crew with a few friends and sponsors give Stevie the soaking he deserves. #LongLiveChainsaw

McGazza Fest 2020

Sven's original slideshow caption about 27.5 a few years back - Will we see more of this wheel size in PMB Worlds DH now that Nino Schurter has been winning on them for some time now? They took him to third today in the XC at Mont-Sainte-Anne.

Rae Morrison

Crankworx 2018

Leogang 2020

3. How did you make the transition from amateur to professional photography, and how do you create industry connections to get paid as a photographer? @alexandersonmtb, @rene_ptz, @wheres_the_charlie

If you're following a passion to become a photographer, earning a living doing what you love will over time and through developing long-term relationships.

Hans Rey, the definition of Old School. 2006.

Hans and Kenny Belaey.


Peaty, Laguna, 2001.
Hans and Kenny

Lopes doing Lopes things in 4x.

Kintner dominating.


RIP Monkdawg

4. Thoughts on using flashes during events and how to master off-camera flash photography? and @throttlebtcable

The use of flash was a lot more necessary in the days of film and early digital photography because high ISO settings were almost unusable in low-light conditions. As cameras have developed, using flash at events is often inefficient. There are times when flash is required by clients or the mood calls for it.

Anka Martin for the Strega Nomad launch.

Voreis being Voreis.

The Masters Brothers

Nathan Rennie, 2007

BL55 berm TNT.

Sam Hill babyface.

Sam Hill on a Sunday. #thebest

Peaty navigating the dark in 2008

The Athertons

Cam McCaul

Sam Pilgrim

Adidas freeride tour.

Brendog at Griz's jumps

5. Can a photographer with no contract get access to shoot a World Cup? @vikingo

Any spectator can take pictures at a World Cup, but there are limitations with access on course for the safety of everyone. A little creativity can go a long way, however.








6. What's the most illegal thing you've done to get the shot? @rossmeasures

For legal purposes, we'll just say, "always be safe and follow local regulations," LOL.

The first shot with my drone at Crankworx Rotorua and it's some squid how lands in the puddle. I zoomed in to see that squid is LOIC BRUNI!


The old Vital would have photoshopped out that annoying banner.

YEAH STEVIE! We know you're looking down on us.


Illegal-rooftop-internet-poaching-pizza. The best kind.

No helmet because the dirt was so soft?



It'll hold.

7. Results aside, who is the fastest racer male or female or the best could-have-should-have RAW-talent racer? @rossmeasures

TL:DL; (listen), Craig Evans and Tracey Moseley

T-Mo will always go.


Craig Evans getting x-rated?





8. Creatively speaking, is MTB photography better or worse than five or ten years ago? @rossmeasures

It's not so much creativity as is it is over-saturation of so many incredible images on a daily basis, but that doesn't mean creativity in MTB photography has slowed down.



Cecile loves the back wheel.

Royal train, Crankworx Les Gets 2018.

The Cape Epic is exactly that.




FYI, this is gordo's new favorite photo of all time. From a Crankworx at least.

Stay tuned in early March when we give you the chance to ask Sven more questions for episode #3.

Listen to Sven Martin's Inside Line Podcast.

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