Photography Tips for Ghost Hunting Investigations:
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 4:10 PM
- For 35mm cameras: Open your film and load your camera after walking around the location for about 20 minutes first. Make sure to expose it all to plenty of light before loading it, to "prime" the film.
- For 35mm cameras: Use at least 400 speed 35 mm film. 400 and 800 speeds work the best. Black and White film also works well.
- For 35mm cameras: If you are an experienced photographer, you may want to try infrared film which also has had excellent results in the past.
- Make sure you note any other lights in the area so when you view your developed pictures you will not think a street light or some guy mooning you is an orb. This could be very embarrassing.
- Make sure you clean your camera's lens regularly.
- No smoking at the location, this can appear like mist on the photos, and you don't want to contaminate your evidence. Also see above about setting people on fire.
- Watch for dust or dirt being stirred up in the area you are photographing. They can give false positive pictures. Unless they're pictures of dirt or dust, in which case they would be true positives.
- All long hair should be tied back or under a hat, again this is to eliminate any false positive pictures and to give the skeptics less ammunition. Nobody believes hippies or women.
- Remove or tie up any camera straps so you don't take a picture of that, it looks like a vortex when photographed if you've taken a lot of shrooms.
- Don't bother with your camera's viewfinder. Hold the camera out in front of you and aim at the area you want to take a picture of. Many newer digital cameras do not even come with view finders. This also helps in cold weather by keeping your camera away from your breath.
- Watch for reflective surfaces and make notes of them. The flash reflected off shiny surfaces such as windows, polished tombstones, mirrors, eyeglasses, discarded beer bottles, etc. can look like an orb or other anomaly. Make note of street lights and any other light source that may appear on the film. Take pictures of them for comparison purposes.
- Let fellow investigators know when you are taking a photo so that you don't get double flashes and the night scope operators can look away. If you think you have a double flash photo or any other false positive, log the picture number so you can exclude that photo from the batch when they are developed. Night scope operators can get eye damage if they are looking at a flash through the scope so this is important.
- In cold weather be conscious of your breath so you don't photograph that, it'll look like ectoplasm mist. If you think you may have, log that picture number and discard it when you develop the pictures.
- Many people like to ask the spirit if they can take their picture, it can't hurt. If the spirit doesn't answer, leave a few twenties in a tree to thank the spirit for their cooperation.
- Take pictures anywhere and everywhere. If you feel some thing or someone else does, take a picture. Do you think you saw something? Take a picture. Take photos whenever you get positive readings on any piece of equipment.
- Sometimes you will see an orb, mist or sparkles in your flash or others flashes. Take more pictures right there, you may be near a spirit.
- You may only get about one or two pictures for every 50 you take. That's about the average, so don't get discouraged. I've been at sites where I didn't get any and others where 30% of the ones we took were positive.
- Don't pay for fancy developing. You can get photos developed anywhere. Just let them developers know to process and print every photo. I use the local discount store's photo service.