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Are Slow Shutter Speeds Capturing Apparitions?
We've noticed, after viewing thousands of ghost photographs over the past several years,
that some of the apparitions we are receiving have been captured with cameras using a
slow shutter speed (lengthened exposure).  Could ghost photography using lengthened
exposure be a better way to record images of ghostly apparitions?  We are beginning to
experiment with this idea in mind.

You might wonder why we are receiving quite a few ghost photographs utilizing slow shutter
speeds.  The reason is that digital cameras provide settings for low-light conditions, often
badged as a night time or brightness adjustment in the menu of the camera.  In order to
brighten the photo while photographing in darker environments, the camera allows the
shutter to remain open longer, lengthening the exposure time.  Most people using their
digital cameras are unaware that this takes place and unfortunately use these settings
without a tripod.  This often results in producing blurry photos, sometimes with orange
haze, balls of light, or squiggly-looking light anomalies.  These strange effects are not
ghosts but are the result of not keeping the camera still.

As we examined some of these pictures, we have become aware that even though a photo
might contain many non-ghost anomalies, there still can be good apparitions found within
these images.  This leads us to believe that perhaps using the camera properly, while
lengthening the exposure time, might be the best way to capture ghosts in photos!
We know what you might be thinking: These
are not true apparitions but simply people
accidentally walking into the frame when the
photograph is taken.  Yes, we considered
this, too.  Therefore, we questioned many of
the photo owners about this possibility.  In
most cases, the photographers were able to
verify for us that no one had inadvertently
walked into the scene while the pictures were
being taken.  Our interest was peaked.  This
finding has caused us to write two articles to
compliment this one:
Ghost Hunting
Camera and Photographing Ghosts.
The following three photographs were all captured with a longer exposure time and
possibly contain evidence of apparitions.  Can slower shutter speeds help the camera to
see better?  Could this increase the chance of photographing ghosts?  Maybe, so.
SLow Shutter Speed Apparitions: Bisbee Ghost Girl
Slow Shutter Speed Apparitions
Top Left:
Bisbee Ghost Girl
Captured in Arizona.  
The photographer
assures us no children
were on the ghost tour.  
You can see blurs and
light anomalies in the
photo that are not ghosts.

Left:
Savannah Apparition
Taken in Colonial
Cemetery.  Notice the
light bars and blurriness.
Slow Shutter Speed Apparitions
Left:
Old Town San Diego
Apparition
The photographer was
with a small group and
remained behind so no
one would be
photographed.
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