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.
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.
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.