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     Ghost Photography : How to know the fakes

You have a photograph that might have captured something paranormal. Can you spot the fakes and know the logical explaination of the occurance?

Long Exposure.

By placing the camera on a tripod with a long exposure setting. The subject, standing in front of the camera,moves away while its still capturing can result in a semi-transparent image.
Reflection in the Distance

In this case, stop signs are designed to be highly reflective, and even though it was in the distance, it reflected enough of the flash to appear much brighter than its surroundings.
Dust on the Negative

This problem should be very rare, but can happen. These specs will always appear as black on the negative and white on the positive or print.
Flash Reflections

Any shiny surfaces, chrome, glass, polished wood, etc. can cause a flash reflection.
Object Obstructing the Lens

An object obstructing the lens causes a dark or black area on the print and always a white or white area when using a flash indoors or under low light conditions. This area always has a fuzzy outline, never sharp. Many simply caused by lens straps.
Last picture in roll

The first and last picture can sometimes have a strange red, yellow or orange glow on the fringe. This is caused by faulty handling and loading the film in more direct sunlight. Always load your film in subdued lighting conditions..

Most orb photographs are taken with digital cameras under extremely low-light conditions and are nothing more than digital flaws caused by lack of pixelation or filling of the proper colors due to a digital defect. Others might just be dust particles illuminated in the flash.

With a powerful flash unit only a few feet away, insects can brilliantly illuminate and appear much larger than they actually are.
These are not the only reason apparation seem to mysteriously appear in our photos, but there are cases where the phenomenon seems bizarrely unexplainable that we have no answers to but to concur and admit - ghosts have been captured on film.

So for those who are keen on venturing into this relm, take note and always remember. Respect. ..and who knows, they might just return your kindness....

To all you ghost hunters - Good luck~

Info and pictures in this article are referenced from "Supernatural World" By Edgard Thorne, Shadowseekers.org, Ghoststudy.com, Videoproductionuniversity.com and Personal encounters/investigations.

Tips on ghost photography

• Don't snap pictures facing the sun, or even at a right angle to the sun. Even bright full moon can cause flares. The light can flare off the lens and create a false apparation.

• Avoid taking pictures where things may be mistaken for apparations, including city lights, headlights, streetlights, reflecting street signs, joggers, dust, rain, mist, insects , and so on. You may remember what they were when you first see your photos, but when you are look through your pics three years from now, you may forget and say, "Cool! Why didn't I notice that before?"

• Be very careful when shooting indoors, as there are many things that can reflect your flash: windows, television sets, metal items, glass, polished furniture, even polished floors.

• Keep your camera strap, fingers, and rings away from the lens. If you have a camera strap, either remove it or place it around your neck (or your wrist, if it's a short loop). If you have a Polaroid camera, or a digital with a preview screen, check to see if you're getting reflections with sample photos, before taking lots of pictures.

• Don't expect lots of occurance, even the best suggest that one or two anomalies per one hundred photos is very good. (Digital cameras record far more anomalies, but some question their reliabilitybacause of its ability to self adjust invisible light source.) However, if you're getting far more than, say, five anomalies per hundred photos, either you're in a profoundly haunted location or you're picking up reflections from natural sources. Rule out the logical explanations before deciding that you've got ghosts.

• Wait 20-30 minutes before taking photos when you arrive at a site, for best results. Some profoundly haunted cemeteries produce anomalies on film from the start. However, most haunted settings should be very quietly assessed for about half an hour before attempting to capture hard evidence of ghosts: photos, EVP recordings, and so on.

• More sensitive film picks up clearer anomalies, so choose 400 or 800 ASA films for dusk and night photography. Some people advise using 1000 ASA at the very least, while others complain that the results are too grainy-looking. Experiment, and see what you prefer.

• Use more than one camera for each shoot, if you can. Or take along a friend with a camera. Similar apparations on different rolls of film help confirm what was there and establish credibility.

• However, time your flashes, so overlapping flashes won't create a false alarm. Agree ahead of time how you're going to alert each other that you're about to snap a photo.

• Take at least two photos each time, without moving, as soon as your flash is ready again. Some anomalies do a "now you see it, now you don't" routine. If at least one photo taken at the time shows no apparations, this helps prove that it wasn't a reflection. Apparations move, shift, and otherwise change. Tin cans in the grass don't. Shiny spots on headstones don't.

• If you see a "dazzle" or sparkling effect when you're taking photos, quickly take several more. Often, the "dazzle" indicates you may be capturing an apparation, perhaps even a portal manifestation.

• Go with your "gut feeling," and start snapping photos when the hair on the back of your neck starts to rise.

• Even better, use EMF meters or temperature gauges to identify the best areas to capture apparations. In some settings, even a regular compass can provide hints about "hot" areas.

• Save all of your photos, at least until you've taken about 1,000 pictures, or you've seen at least 15 - 20 apparations in your photos. Until you're used to spotting faint orbs and traces of ectoplasm, it's easy to dismiss a photo as "nothing." Wait until you really know what you're looking for, before throwing out photos.
Many times, apparations are so faint, finding them is like a "Where's Waldo?" search. Look very, very carefully.

• Keep a disposable camera in your glove compartment, unless you always carry a camera with you. You never know when you'll be running an evening errand and the perfect "haunted" site will be nearby.


Although the advice above are guidelines to have a better chance of success in apparation photography, we are not responsible for any side occurance that might befall upon those who venture into the paranormal.
Heed with caution and respect.

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