Get Rid Of Dust Orbs                         Back to: Orbs

Learn how to eliminate dust orbs in ghost photographs.

Orbs can be created by dust in front of the camera lens, so if one wants to capture real orbs by way of camera, we suggest taking some steps to get rid of dust orbs while investigating for real ghosts.

Because most digital cameras have a flush face with the flash unit being located beside the lens, dust is easily illuminated while photographing and is often captured in photos as balls of light - very orb-like indeed.  Dust orbs can be eliminated though through several ways. 

To get rid of dust orbs, one way is to purchase a camera that has a flash unit on top, with a

fixed lens that extends out from the camera body.  Think old-style in camera appearance.  We found that digital cameras that are bigger and bulkier seem to record less dust orbs in photographs.  You could also try and disable

the flash unit on your camera and move it away from the camera body if you are an electronics guru.  Also, buying a lens hood that attaches to the end of that protruding camera lens would also work well.  Check and see if a lens hood is available for your digital camera at a camera store.

Of course, there is another option and that is to make a lens hood out of paper or flexible, thin plastic sheeting. 

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Lens hoods can be expensive so downloading a hood to shield dust seems like a great way to experiment first.  We found two websites that offer printable and free hoods you can fold and tape around your camera lens:   Free Lens Hoods Printable Lens Hoods

The other way we thought of to eliminate dust orbs is by blocking the flash from illuminating the lens area is to create an awning.  This works particularly well for digital cameras that have a flush lens, or almost-flush lens.  We created a .pdf file template which you can download and print:  Dust Orb Awnings.  Check out: Reduce Dust Orbs for photos of our dust awning! 

Simply, cut out the desired size dust awning and afix it to the camera body with some removable tape.  The tabs may be shortened on the awning (or remove the ones you do not need to make the awning navigate its way around the top of the lens) to fit around your specific style of camera.  Be careful to not have the awning get in front of the flash, or your photographs will have shadows in them that could be mistaken as a shadow ghost!

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Left:  A camera with an extended and fixed lens with a flash unit on top (that either attaches or "pops up") typically produces fewer dust orbs due to the distance between flash and lens.  The further away the flash unit, the fewer the orbs.

Right: An example of a lens with, and without a lens hood.  Adding a lens hood can reduce dust orbs.

Left: Point and shoot cameras have the flash unit beside the lens.  Even though this lens telescopes a bit, it will still capture dust orbs.  Perhaps a paper lens hood could be taped to the extended lens.

Right: This digital camera does not have an extended lens, so dust orbs will be even more prevalent.  Our yellow line shows where placement of a simple paper dust awning on this camera should reduce the dust orb effect.

Right: Kathy and Travis Owen created their own dust hood by using a toilet paper roll and some Scotch tape!

Right:  Example of a printable lens hood which can be cut-out, then taped to the camera to help eliminate dust orbs in ghost pictures.

Paper Hood Example to Tape Around LensToilet paper roll dust hood to reduce orbs!

Dust Shield aka Lens Hood