PTS 017 – Bryan Formhals

Bryan Formhals

In this episode photographer and LPV show host Bryan Formhals and I take a meta look at the world of documentary photography. Bryan gives his views on the status quo, the people who shape the scene and what he thinks should change. We also talk about making money with photography, pushing yourself to make better pictures and becoming a better editor.

Bryan’s presentation at SVA.

Other people mentioned:

Richard Bram
Tom Starkweather
Ola Bilmont
Ken Schles
Blake Andrews
Larry Fink
Andy Adams
Stephen Mayes
Daniel Arnold
Hin Chua
Michael David Murphy
Daisuke Yokota
Jessica Eaton
Robert Adams

4 Replies to “PTS 017 – Bryan Formhals”

  1. Michael,

    I’m still listening to your show with Bryan Formhals and got the urge to write. You are right: good to have a little competition among photography podcasts in addition to the Candid Frame and LPV Show. You have a refreshing style of interviewing people and getting them to share.

    Question (and this is from the Bryan Formhals interview too): you both talked a bit about the equipment used to create a show – what podcast tools do you use? What recommendations do you have? Appreciate your time.



  2. Hi Micheal,

    Thanks for the kind words.

    As far as equipment is concerned, I like to keep it to an absolute minimum, while still delivering the best audio possible under Skype conditions, which is what I use for all of my remote interviews.

    I have a studio microphone, which plugs into a sound mixer (the physical kind with knobs and buttons). The mixer has a “send out” or “FX out” channel which plugs into the Skype computer’s audio input. The computer’s audio output feeds back into the mixer through the “AUX return” channel. Finally, the mixer’s main output plugs into my audio recorder, which is an Olympus LS 100. I plug my headphones into the recorder to monitor the final audio, as it is recorded.

    That’s the physical setup. Once I’m done recording, I import the audio file from the recorder into my PC and edit it using Logic Pro X, an audio editing program for the Mac platform.

    That’s it. 🙂



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