Photographing Ghosts

How to eliminate false ghost pictures...

After creating or buying your own ghost hunting camera that is sensitive to both visible and Infrared light, it is now time to consider some fresh ideas on how you might use it. As previously mentioned, we experimented with our Fuji Finepix 2300 digital camera. It is an older model of only 2.3 megapixels, but it still can prove useful for ghost investigation (see the article, Ghost Hunting Camera).

We've mounted the camera on a tripod, to eliminate any slight camera movement while we photograph. This should eliminate blurs, orange, haze, light bars and other strange anomalies produced by lengthened exposure, if night time or enhanced brightness settings of the camera are used. Also, we added to our tripod a clamp lamp with an incandescent black-light bulb in place of the camera's flash unit. By eliminating the flash, dust near the lens should not be photographed, while the black-light bulb allows us to maintain low-light conditions. An Infrared illuminator could also be used in place of our black-light set-up.

Photographing Ghosts With Lengthened Exposure
The reason we are recommending the use of a tripod is so you can photograph utilizing a lengthened exposure time by adjusting the shutter speed. Even though lengthened exposure may be the cause of many false ghost pictures, we also feel there may be a benefit to photographing haunted locations with this setting. Over the past few years, we have been noticing that some ghost photographs containing apparitions were unwittingly captured using a slower shutter speed. Of course we must mention that during the operation of a camera using lengthened exposure, you must be certain no one walks in front of it. Otherwise, you will photograph a see-through person that is not a ghost! To see examples of apparitions photographed with lengthened exposure times, see: Slow Shutter Speed Apparitions.

How do we lengthen the exposure time? Some digital cameras offer the option of choosing exposure times in the settings menu. For cameras without this option, simply adjust the brightness level up for low-light conditions. Sometimes, this might mean adjusting your camera to a night time setting.

During ghost investigations, we suggest allowing the camera to remain still on a tripod, snapping photos using lengthened exposure in darkness. Use an illuminator in place of the camera's flash. Taking photographs every few minutes, this method should allow for an entire room to be properly photographed without many false anomalies or blurry images. Learn more about: Ghost Hunting Cameras.