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How to move your Capture One preview cache to an external drive in macOS

One of the most pleasant surprises of going 100% Adobe-free has been the switch to Phase One’s Capture One. Capture One Pro 12 is an outright replacement for Lightroom. It’s faster, has more powerful tools (including layers), and does not require a subscription. Here’s a great trick to reduce the size of the Capture One catalog file by moving the preview and thumbnail image cache to an external hard drive.... More »

Dockside for iTunes: The new macOS Music App from PACKAFōMA CōDE

Dockside for Mac: An elegant, lightweight “Now Playing” utility and controller for iTunes that fits perfectly next to your Dock, displaying album artwork, track details, and compact player controls. We love Apple’s macOS design aesthetics, but it’s time to make use of that wasted space on each side of The Dock! Version 1.0 is now available in the App Store for only $1.99. Dockside was designed for the magnificent Retina displays of iMacs and iMac Pros, but it also works with smaller MacBook and MacBook Pro screens. The minimalist interface remains visible at all times while iTunes is running and is much less irritating than the default iTunes notifications.... More »

August in Chicago: Polk Bros. Fountain, Navy Pier Park

Photos from Navy Pier Park and the Polk Bros Fountain, which opened at the entrance to Chicago’s Navy Pier on July 23, 2016. The Polk Brothers Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for the people of Chicago by reducing the impact of poverty and providing area residents with better access to quality education, preventive health care, and basic human services. Photos by Dax Roggio... More »

Design Matters: Chicago Architecture Foundation

Sneak peak: CAF photo shoot. The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) is a nonprofit cultural organization with tours, exhibitions, programs and events for all ages. Their mission is to inspire people to discover why design matters. Photos by Dax Roggio... More »

Premiere Pro is dead (to me). Long live DaVinci Resolve!

In an alternate timeline, no pun intended, Final Cut Pro 8 was a brilliant upgrade to Apple’s storied non-linear editor. FCP 8 introduced cutting edge innovations, 64-bit performance, and Apple’s trademark interface refinements without sacrificing existing features or compatibility with FCP 7. Six years later, with Avid in bankruptcy, Apple built on the runaway success of FCP 8 with FCP 9, an app so flawless that its users ascended to a higher plane of existence, their cinematic visions inspiring peaceful resolutions to all the violent conflicts on Earth. But here in this universe, Apple released FCP X, and I switched to Adobe Premiere Pro.... More »

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, 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 »

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 »