10 Tips for Great Photos / Paranormal Evidence
There are a host of things that can cause false positives in your snapshots. Use these tips to avoid false positives and capture higher quality paranormal evidence!
1. Keep your camera strap, finger and hair out of the shot. These can create halos and other paranormal-looking effects.
2. Try to keep light sources behind you to avoid lens flare. Lens flare can appear as rays of light and ellipses of various colors.
3. Be aware of dust, bugs, smoke, fog and steam – all of these can create ghostly-appearing apparitions or orbs.
4. Watch for reflective surfaces – they will reflect your flash or any lights that are behind you. These reflections can come in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on the surface.
5. Keep your camera in auto mode unless you are well versed in photography and change your settings every time conditions change. Otherwise you risk snapping a quick pic in the wrong settings.
6. Set you camera to save images in RAW, TIFF or PNG formats if possible. These formats are lossless meaning they will preserve ALL of the recorded data. Lossy formats like .jpg can result in image degradation making post-investigation analysis more difficult.
7. Set your camera to record at highest possible resolution. This will make photographic analysis easier. Make sure you have enough memory cards for a complete day of investigating.
8. Carry multiple, fully charged batteries. You can by cheap and effective off-brands on Amazon.com.
9. Use continuous shot mode – this will produce multiple images for phenomena that appear and disappear quickly, improving your chances of recording compelling photographic evidence.
10. Quickly review your photos after the investigation. If you see something odd go back and recreate the scene. Make sure reflective surfaces, dust, artifacts or other explainable phenomena aren’t the cause of a strange picture.
Use these tips next time you get out for much better paranormal evidence. For more on photographic artifacts and other common sources of false positives in photos check out this article!