| No ghost was every seen by two pair of eyes.
– Thomas Carlyle
Getting an Image of a Ghost
These are photographs that people took that allegedly have revealed an image of a ghost or spirits of the dead. Spirit photography is one of the most important tools that a Paranormal Investigator has. Photos from haunted locations are taken with a wide range of still and video cameras. They can range from a cheap disposal camera to the sophisticated high tech camera. There are variety of types of film that have been used: color, black and white and infrared film. Some of the cameras are hooked up to a computer, some to a motion sensor while others are hand held. In most of our investigations we use as many as four cameras through out a location.
When choosing a camera for your investigation its best that you have a standard 35mm camera. The reason for this is that if you do by chance get an image of a ghost, you have the negatives that can be scrutinized. When it comes to using digital cameras, there are still a lot of people who still won’t use them for their investigations. In the past, there were a lot of issues with digital cameras showing fuzzy areas with the pixels did not completely fill in. In the past that was a major issue. But now with the new cameras that is no longer an issue. Another issue that people have with digital is that the photo can be easily manipulated on a computer. This is true and you need to safeguard the photo. Just remember that a ghost hunter should not solely rely upon them for the investigation.
When setting up the cameras try to keep both the standard and the infrared cameras next to each other and on the same speed/shutters settings, so you can compare the two photos side by side. Know if you are using a digital camera you can manually adjust the camera setting to archive the same result. It’s best that you have both types of camera for the investigation…
The following photos are some example of ghost photo’s and non-ghost photos:
Examples of Echo Mist / Cloud
The second image is of an echo cloud forming into a apparition.
These types of images are called many things: echo fog, mist or cloud. These are sometimes mistaken for smoke or natural fog. This shows the Entity has of a very high level of energy and consciousness. They are able to make themselves known quite easily and they are able to control their energy.
High Energy Strings
Another type of entity is known as plasma energy. These types of entity are of high energy (not to be mistaken for higher energy). They are not the same as Echo mist but they are allot more intense. These are not easy to photograph nor are they very common.
Orbs are somewhat tricky to figure out. They will come in all shapes, colors and textures. Some believe that these are ghosts. In these photos only one showed up in all of the photos that were taken. Noticed that there is very little feature to them. These are some of the classic types of orbs and the most common one to photograph. (also see non-ghostly orbs below)
Orbs in Motions
Orbs in motion are sometimes mistaken for vortexes, camera straps and bugs. These are common photos or orbs in motion. They will leave a contrail behind them as they are moving. The tail end of them are some what transparent and the top part will be a solid color.
In 1982, photographer Chris Brackley took a photograph of the interior of London’s St. Botolph’s Church, but never expected what would appear on the film. High in the church’s loft, seen in the upper right-hand corner of his photograph, is the transparent form of what looks like a woman. According to Brackley, to his knowledge there were only three people in the church at the time the photo was taken, and none of them were in that loft. A few years later Chris was contacted by a builder who had been employed on restoration work in St Botolph’s crypt. He explained that, in knocking down a wall he had inadvertently disturbed a pile of old coffins. One had come open to reveal a reasonably well-preserved body the face of which bore an uncanny resemblance to the figure that had made an uninvited appearance in Chris’s photograph.
Apparition photos are rare. Some are hard to make out and others are easily seen in a photo. (See above) and can be easily faked.
Non Ghost photos
You might think you’ve taken a photo of a ghost, only to find out that the image was something natural in the environment, a flaw in the film. Below is just some of the most common non-ghost photos that a new ghost hunter might interpret as a real ghost photo.
Camera straps are one of the most common of non-ghost photos. Normally this would happen when the camera is titled at a 90 degree angle and the camera strap falls in front to the camera lens. Most of the time, the person who took the photo will not notice that the strap was in front of the lens. The only way to make sure that this does not happen is to remove all camera straps. The same issue will happen with people who have very long hair in windy or breezy environments.
Thumbs and Fingers
This is also a common error. If you look at the example above you will notice that the bottom of the finger is somewhat transparent. This can be mistaken for a orb in motion or a vortex. Always remember to keep your fingers out of the lens area.
ORBS The Non-ghost Photos
Orbs, orbs, and more orbs. At the time it looks like there is a convention of ghosts but what you are getting can be anything from drops of rain or moisture (photo on the left) to dust in the air (photo on the right). It is hard to tell the difference between the true orbs and the non orbs. At times even our group will have a hard time telling the two apart. The best thing to do is take several photographs with dust. A floor mat is a good thing to use to throw the dust in the air and take a photo of it with the flash on. Use that photo as a guide to tell the two apart. Also If you are outside and there is moisture in the air take a photo and use that to for outside orbs. Sense there is not a clear differences between the types of orbs it is now becoming common to discard this type of photo, due to the fact that there is too many variable.
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