Know Your Gear!
Many paranormal investigators spend more time familiarizing themselves with theories about why ghosts exist than they do understanding their own equipment. This is a critical mistake!
If your interest is purely hobby then do what you want; however, if you are genuinely interested in providing proof of the paranormal you need to up your game! Knowing the limitations of your equipment, and more importantly exactly what measurements your equipment records, is absolutely essential to separate the false positives from the hard evidence. You cannot call yourself a professional investigator unless you have a substantial grasp on topics like the light spectrum, electromagnetic emissions and you truly understand how all of your instruments capture information. A lack of knowledge leads many investigators to declare false-positives as definitive proof of the paranormal. Still other groups that have potentially compelling cases do not provide adequate evidence because they do not understand how to correctly record the phenomenon. This results in ridicule from the scientific community and perpetuates the notion that the field of paranormal investigations is populated by uneducated amateurs waving their crazy instruments wildly into the air. It ONLY hurts the pursuit of truth!
In the following months I am shifting focus to publish a variety of articles to educate the paranormal investigator. I hope those of you who are involved in this field take these as a starting point to better yourself. I am not an expert, but I understand the importance of being informed and I will share my knowledge and my research with my fellow investigators. We have to work together to advance the work. Share this information with others, do your own research and educate yourself. Being a professional is about having expertise not just in the phenomena, but in the tools you use! God luck out there!