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Two Photogs Face Off in ‘Photo Throwdown’ Show

By Justin Heyes on September 25th 2014

There is seemingly no end to photography related shows on YouTube, yet not many of them are geared toward entertainment. Most channels are dry with camera specifications recited along with a disembodied hand; others have humorous aspects that can be taken a little too far most times. Photo Throwdown is a different type of show that pits photographer vs. photographer with hilarious results.

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Photo Throwdown was the brain child of Damian Battinelli and John David Pittman developed with the help of their slightly inebriated friends during a trip to Las Vegas. It is meant to push photographers out of their comfort zone and keeps them on their toes with a series of challenges.

How It Works

A theme is chosen like puppies and children or alligators and grandmas. Based upon the first episode, the theme remains a surprise until the day of shooting. Next comes a Mini Challenge (like a challenge within the challenge) where there photogs are either granted more time to prepare if they succeed or are limited to certain equipment if they fail. Finally, comes the Refocus. It is designed to disrupt the photographer plans for the shoot. As photographers, we must quickly adapt to situations as they occur and not lose our cool.


The first throwdown pairs boudoir photographer Jennifer Rozenbaum and portrait photographer Chris Fain.

After all the challenges are completed, the photographers choose their best images and we the viewers pick a winner from there. The show is a union of Iron Chef meets American Idol and has lots of potential to be a smash hit.  It’s also very interesting to watch how other photographers work, and under pressure at that. To find out more about Photo Throwdown you can check out their YouTube Channel or their website.

Are you a fan of the show? Will it be awesome or will it fail miserably? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to vote for #teamJR or #teamchris.

[Via PetaPixel]

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Justin Heyes wants to live in a world where we have near misses and absolute hits; great love and small disasters. Starting his career as a gaffer, he has done work for QVC and The Rachel Ray Show, but quickly fell in love with photography. When he’s not building arcade machines, you can find him at local flea markets or attending car shows.

Explore his photographic endeavors here.

Website: Justin Heyes
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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Clare Havill

    Great watch, loved it.

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  2. Chuck Eggen

    Watched both episodes (parts 1&2) and loved it. I don’t know if this resonates outside the photog community but hope it finds it’s way into the mainstream. Would be a great launch for some up and coming photographers. I agree, it will require a host that keeps the audience engaged. I want to see more!

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  3. Anthony McFarlane

    Ps I bet Pye would be a great host!

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  4. Anthony McFarlane

    Great idea! There are some awkward moments between the host and photogs. Hopefully that will go away with future episodes. There is a reason actors are chosen to host tv shows… just my humble opinion… i will definitely keep watching and share with friends.

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  5. Hanssie

    What a great idea! I watched both episodes and they were a lot of fun! It super cool to watch the photographers at work!

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  6. Brandon Dewey

    Awesome videos, great ideas.

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