I wanted to get away from the norm for a change and write an article about Spirit Photography.
Spirit Photography has been around for a few hundred years and has grown in popularity more and more in the recent years with the broadcasting of all of these ghost hunting shows not appearing on TV. Maybe in the last 10 years or so there has been an explosion of these shows and seems that everyone now wants to become a ghost hunter. With good cause I might add because can you imagine being that person who finally can prove without a shadow of a doubt that the afterlife truly does exist? Heck I would even want to be that person!
Anyway back to the subject of Spirit Photography. Seems today that everyone has a cell phone which can be a very useful tool when doing spirit photography. I mean practically everyone has one and if you do have one, you always have it on you when the time is right to catch that important photo. So if you are one of those people like me that can not afford the high end equipment your cell phone is perfect for this purpose.
This does not mean that you can only take these photographs with a cell phone camera. Any type of camera is capable of picking up what most people do not see.
In this day and age there are alot of hoaxed photos out there, which makes it very bad for people like myself who are legitimately working in this field to capture evidence of the paranormal. There are also the cases of natural explanations for what appears to be something other wordly in a photograph. These are well meaning individuals that did not realize that their thumb was too close to the lense, someone was smoking at the time, or the camera strap got in the way, etc….
I am a firm believer that spirits will use whatever they can to create their image so it can be seen with the naked eye or the camera. So not everything can be explained as Pareidolia. This is an tendency of someone seeing faces in normal everyday objects such as in distressed wall coverings, clouds, trees, whatever they happen to be looking at, at the moment. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary the definition is:
: the tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern
I usually do not use photos of Orbs as proof of the paranormal unless there is something very specific about that Orb. Like the one that I have included here. The reason I use this one is that it appeared in my photo as bright yellow which is a warning. If you have been following my blog you will know that the center hall mansion had burned down. This photo was taken 3 months prior to this fire.
Moving on there are ways to prove that what you are seeing is really there in way of EMF Detectors and other handy ghost hunting equipment. I on the other hand can see spirit energy, this is my first clue to take a photo. I can also sense when something is around me as well. I have been touched and have had my hair pulled on more than several occasions.
In order to take spirit photography you should take some precautions so you know what you are catching is really there and can not be debunked. I would suggest a tripod so the camera is sitting absolutely still and is not moving around. Even the slightest movement can create a false image on your photo. Have a basic understanding of how your camera and equipment work. Always make sure your camera is in focus. Make sure that the “spirit” you are looking at is not something in the room and that it is just that the photo is out of focus causing this item to resemble a spirit in photo. Ensure that the flash is not flaring on the lens and that the lights around you are not interfering in your photo.
The number one thing that I would suggest to anyone doing spirit photography, ghost hunting, automatic writing or anything to do with the paranormal is to always bless yourself and protect yourself before embarking on any journey with the paranormal.
If you are having a hard time capturing spirits in your photos in a home or area that you suspect is haunted I would suggest asking them to show themselves or to appear in your photos. I have captured photos like this and I am sure that you will too!
Good luck and I hope you capture some great spirit photos!