Another Shea Roggio billboard photo spotted in the wild

If you have ever seen a billboard ad for Drexel University’s business school, you have seen Shea’s photography. This one was discovered on Rt. 1 outside of Philadelphia. Shea was also the Director of Photography for the school’s broadcast television commercial, which aired during Prime Time on ABC and Comcast SportsNet: This is your business lab.... More »

Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Hillary fans celebrate equality in birthplace of nation just hours before Pennsyltuckians elect racist, sexist dipshit

Photos by Dax Roggio. Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi perform for a packed crowd of Hillary Clinton supporters in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, followed by speeches by President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton.... More »

Update to Time-lapse Calculator app adds new features

A new version of Dax’s Time-lapse Calculator for iOS is now available in the App Store for 99¢. This update requires iOS 9 or higher and includes many new features: Responsive layout for the latest Apple devices (iPhone SE through iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad mini through iPad Pro); 3D Touch Quick Actions; Copy settings and results to iOS Clipboard with one touch; Maximum event duration (recording time) increased to 999 days; Improved camera resolution selection; Tapping status bar scrolls back to top; “Rate this App” links directly to Reviews tab in App Store; Optimized for iOS 9+. Existing features: Universal app for iPhone and iPad; Calculate shutter interval, target duration (final clip length), or event duration (recording time); All standard NTSC, PAL, and film frame rates (FPS); No advertisements... More »

Stronger Together: Convention Week in Philadelphia

From photographer Dax Mackenzie Roggio, photos from the 2016 Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia and the post-convention campaign rally in McGonigle Hall at Temple University, featuring images of Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Tim Kaine, Joe Biden, Mayor Jim Kenney, and President Barack Obama. Also included are images of Mat Tomezsko, the Fishtown artist behind the mile-long public art project on Broad Street.... More »

Entertainment Weekly premieres trailer for Jack of the Red Hearts [Video]

I recently had the opportunity to edit the theatrical trailer for the award-winning feature film, Jack of the Red Hearts, starring Famke Janssen (X-Men) and AnnaSophia Robb (Mercy Street, The Carrie Diaries). The film will be released in theaters on February 26 at AMC locations across the country. I began cutting this trailer in Adobe Premiere Pro CC but switched to BlackMagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 12, not for color correction, mind you, but for editing and delivery. My endless frustrations with Premiere Pro are well documented, but the final straw was the 5.1 surround sound mix.... More »

Commercial shoot: Drexel LeBow College of Business

On location in West Philadelphia: Production stills from the Packafoma commercial shoot for Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. Shea Roggio and I had a wonderful experience working with our local Philly crew and the excellent LeBow marketing team. Having worked on college campuses before, we found the students and professors at Drexel LeBow to be particularly genuine, intelligent, and passionate about making a difference in the real world.... More »

10 Easy-to-Fix Things That I Can’t Believe Adobe Hasn’t Fixed in Premiere Pro CC

When FCP Classic was EOL’d in 2011, I was one of the first among my circle of editors in LA to give Premiere Pro a shot. Technically, Premiere had been around for quite a long time, but for Mac users, it was never even a contender. Plus, if you were like me, you mostly associated Adobe’s video products with Flash, which I loathed long before Steve Jobs famously published his thoughts on the subject.... More »

Nature Conservancy: Restoring the Escalante River (Interview with the editor)

Earlier this year we shared a handful of photos and stories from our experience shooting in the remote and beautiful Escalante region of Utah for The Nature Conservancy. In addition to the still photos, we captured video and interviewed key players in the conservation effort going on in the region. We were tasked with the unique job of with creating a video that not only highlighted the voices of the people in the region, but also starred the Escalante River and the ecosystem around it as a main character — one who the cast of characters we encountered are all trying to strengthen and preserve.... More »

Time-lapse Calculator app

Use my free online time-lapse calculator or 99¢ iOS time-lapse calculator app to quickly determine the shutter interval (time between shots) that you should set to achieve your desired clip length for a given recording duration. iOS app includes additional features for your iPhone or iPad. Besides serving as an intervalometer, my time-lapse app estimates the memory card storage that will be required for RAW or JPG image files, based on the megapixel count of your camera. I’ve also shared some time-lapse photography examples and video editing tips for Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Premiere Pro CC.... More »

Adobe Premiere Pro CC Gripes and Wish List

Update October 15, 2014: The list portion of this post is current through Premiere Pro CC 2014.1 (8.1). I have placed check marks and notes next to items that have been fixed since the initial release of CC. August 16, 2013: I switched from Apple Final Cut Pro (versions 1 through 7) to Adobe Premiere Pro as my primary NLE in 2012. Since then, Premiere Pro has improved by leaps and bounds. Yet, it remains stubbornly rough around the edges and is, to quote C-3PO, “not entirely stable.” I use several Adobe apps on a daily basis, and I remain optimistic that Adobe will continue to make my Creative Cloud subscription worthwhile, but they need to release more frequent and substantial updates.... More »

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