GREEN TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – Drones are taking the skies by storm, and photographers and videographers are learning how to use these unmanned aircrafts to their advantage.
They look like a remote-controlled UFOs and are operated by a person on the ground. These small flying tools can record video in flight, and they can be connected to a cell phone, computer or even goggles that let you see what you are recording.
At a house fire Friday on Youngstown-Salem Road, Zach Whitehead was there to record it from his drone — hundreds of feet in the air.
“You don’t obviously want to get to close,” he said “For instance, with the house fire, we were able to stay a safe distance away, and at the same time, make sure we are getting good shots.”
After Whitehead sent WKBN footage of the fire, WKBN reached out to him to learn more about the use of drones.
Zach and his brother Paul met at Fair Park in Canfield to demonstrate their drones. They said anyone could buy a drone, but they do not come cheap.
“This is the one I actually used to record that house fire here recently,” Zach said. “That one costs, I think $1,100.”
That high ticket price is what led to the Whiteheads to build their own drones.
“When you’re learning, you do crash,” Zach said. “They are really great as far as durability, and they’re also relatively cheap.”
The Whiteheads have three other brothers, and they all are part of a company called Snow Fox Aerial.
Realtors, athletes and golf courses are just some of their clients. Zach said current software also allows farmers to look at their crops with special cameras that determine if a plant is healthy by using an infrared spectrum.
Although it is only a side job, Whitehead said the business is growing.