With the interest in the paranormal at an all time high, it seems that everyone is claiming to have gotten proof of a ghost on film. While a few of these photographs cannot be explained as anything other than paranormal, sadly the majority of them are fake. Having been a paranormal investigator for the past 12 years, I have gotten a few of my own ghosts on film and can honestly say that it CAN be done. With that said, please realize that even when a ghostly presence is lurking nearby, it doesn’t automatically mean you will capture hard evidence on film. It’s luck of the draw more often than not.
You do not need an expensive camera. Any camera will do if it’s in good repair and clean. I use a digital camera, like many other investigators, as I like to be able to see what I capture right away, in the field. If you are using a 35MM, I suggest at least 800 speed film. Below you will find 8 helpful hints to capturing a ghost on film:
1 – Do not limit yourself to a cemetery. Ghosts can and often are found in a variety of places. Old historic buildings, battlefields, hospitals, funeral homes and schools just to name a few.
2 – Talk with the ghosts. Walk around and get a feel for the area you are in and let them get a feel for you. Sate your name and explain why you are there and what you hope to accomplish.
3 Be patient. If at first you don’t succeed, try again. And again. True paranormal phenomenon doesn’t happen just because you want it to. Take LOTS of pictures of the area.
4 Make certain that you aren’t photographing in inclement weather. Rain drops and snow will appear as Orbs, which many people think are a manifestation of a ghostly presence. Dust will do the same thing.
5 Keep your lens clear of hair and the camera strap and avoid shiny surfaces such as windows and mirrors.
6 Hold your breath while taking a picture in very cold weather. Your misty breath will give off a resemblance to ecto.
7 Be wary of “Lens Flair”. This occurs when you take a picture directly facing the sun or a direct light source.
8 Take pictures of the people you are with. Ghosts are often attracted to a living person and will follow them about.
Ghost photography can be an interesting hobby to say the least. Remember to relax and have fun, but be respectful of your surroundings at all times.