Owner of photography business promotes product, offers camera trigger to college

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Ubertronix owner Josiah Leverich pops a balloon held by the teeth of photography Coordinator James McBride to demonstrate high-speed photography camera triggers.  Courtesy

Ubertronix owner Josiah Leverich pops a balloon held by the teeth of photography Coordinator James McBride to demonstrate high-speed photography camera triggers. Courtesy

Josiah Leverich shows off his company’s newest product

By Matthew Reyna

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

A former Northwest Vista College student who now owns a photography business gave advice to photographers and shared information on his company’s camera triggers April 2 in Room 100 of Loftin Student Center.

Josiah Leverich’s presentation was the second in the photography program’s Photography Enrichment Series.

Ubertronix, established in 2010, pro

duces camera triggers, which are useful for high-speed photography in situations that happen too fast for human response.

Leverich advised photographers who want to chase storms, particularly tornados.

“You need to know the storms. Have your wits about you because weather can change very quickly,” Leverich said.

He also mentioned the best lightning shots have a complex foreground, citing pictures he took in downtown Denver and at a Phoenix airport.

“It is impossible to get a lightning strike in the daytime without a camera trigger,” Leverich said.

A camera trigger uses microcontroller-based technology and an infrared sensor to capture difficult pictures. The device mounts onto the camera hot shoe. A hot shoe is the mounting point on top of a camera.

Ubertronix sells different types of camera triggers, such as the Strike Finder, Strike Finder Pro, Strike Finder Pro II, Strike Finder Elite and the newest product, Strike Finder Touch.

The Strike Finder was designed to capture lightning strikes, but can be used for different purposes.

“I know a doctor that takes it to the Galapagos Islands and uses it for (pictures of) bats,” Leverich said.

Strike Finder Touch was rated a Top 100 Idea in the Create the Future design contest 2014. Comsol and Mouser Electronics sponsored the contest among other companies.

Leverich’s first demonstration was taking pictures of drops of water and food dye falling into milk.

The camera trigger produced wild variations hard to duplicate without the trigger.

“I thought some of (the drops) looked like little chess pieces,” photography sophomore and Ranger videographer Taylor Tribbey said.

Leverich added, “You never know what you’re going to get.”

The next demonstration, popping water balloons with a needle, is his favorite demonstration to show off the Strike Finder’s capacity, Leverich said.

Leverich had a student volunteer, Tribbey, activate the camera trigger while he popped the balloon.

Leverich used different delay techniques with the camera trigger to prompt different images.

“I thought it was really amazing, the pictures he was able to make of the water balloons popping,” Tribbey said.

The demonstration also included popping a balloon out of the mouth of photography Professor James McBride to create a better picture.

One audience member offered to pop a balloon with his teeth.

“I could do this all day long,” Leverich said.

Leverich also showed pictures of his team using the Strike Finder to capture pictures of bullets hitting eggs at a Nebraska gun range.

Leverich did a question and answer session with the 24 audience members after his presentation.

The company started with Leverich selling the original Strike Finder on eBay.

He now has a team, website and line of new products.

“Every new feature is strictly based on feedback,” Leverich said. “The Strike Finder Touch was created because of three years’ worth of feedback.”

Leverich donated a Pro Elite Touch camera trigger to this college’s photography department. The Pro Elite Touch is Ubertronix’s newest and most expensive product.

For more information on this college’s photography department, call 210-486-1766.

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