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Ghosts in Your Pictures?

The four most common anomalies you may catch on digital, film or video devices.
Here are some theories: 

One of the most controversal of all entities due to the high amount of dust or
pollen photo's floating around the internet (no pun intended). However S.P.E.C.T.E.R. does try to study the true electro-magnetic phenomina's associated that do come across as orbs. In theory "orbs":

Are sources of energy or the life force of a former living being. When the container for the life force expires the energy is no longer contained. Science has proven that the human brain creates electricity. Albert Einstein had at one time shown scientifically that when electricity had been created, it could not be destroyed.

In the natural world the sphere is the most perfect form, therefore the orb is the most common and easiest form to take to contain matter in the spirit world. Basic physics are to be taken into consideration on this matter. Why are raindrops spherical and soap bubbles are not triangular? The forces around these objects make them take the easiest shape to contain.


Look like cigar smoke in your photographs. When most people get these anomalies on film no one had been smoking at the time of the photograph. Generally mists appear when there is more than one orb in the location of the photograph. Mists are the product of many orbs taking the shape of a human form or leaving its manifestation of that or some other form.


In theory vortex's are the combination of a large number of orbs travelling together as one unit at a great amount of speed. The patterns captured on your photograph are from the orbs travelling in a circular or oscillating motion. These orbs travelling at high rates of speed seem to leave a long entrail with a rippling effect. This effect may also be caused by the energies slowing down (or putting on the brakes) leaving a jerky ripple effect with a long entrail through your photograph.


Represent a different configuration than the standard orb, mist or vortex. Spirits of the dead may manifest in many configuration patterns (some which are not discussed here).
It takes more energy to configure into a full body apparition than a small ball of light or mist energies.

Light will not pass through different densities or masses the same way. Because spirit energy has density it can create a shadow on the ground or the wall. The shadow is not alive but the matter (although dead) is casting the shadow. Shadows are relatively common and have been cast when orbs and vortex's are photographed.

Shadow people because of their dark forms are often considered to be evil. The era of movies and television have instilled in our subconscious mind that the good guys wear white and the bad guys wear black. This misconception should be eliminated with shadow people. Shadow people are simply another manifestation of spirit energies.
Shadows can be one of the harder anomalies to photograph because of their speed and colour.  Mostly seen from the corners of your eyes. Invisible at night...
By Gerald

A great site to learn more or just evaluate your ghostly pictures is by friend and fellow researcher Jackie at:


How to Photograph in your Home.



PLEASE NOTE: These instructions are intended for persons who have active spirits in their homes.

S.P.E.C.T.E.R. and its associates do not recommend people start ghosthunting without the proper instruction or equipment.
Standard equipment used by ghosthunters include: E.V.P devices, digital thermometers, infrared cameras, infrared sensors and electromagnetic field detectors. Although not extremely essential for the beginner, the equipment does help to validate your findings and will become part of your essential tools. Your first time should be with an experienced group or investigator.

Go to our links page and visit our friends for the proper legal release forms to enter private property (no trespassing please). These links will give you more specific information on ghosthunting and equipment or local ghost hunting
groups in your area.


Here are 4 easy steps that could help you capture some type of spirit image on any camera. Photographs of anomalies can greatly help ghosthunters identify certain problems along with the right documentation of the events.
Photographs are also a great asset for investigators and handy to have if the events in your home become more than you can handle and you need the assistance of a ghosthunting group.

How to Take a Ghosts Photograph.

Step 1: Visit the space weather website and check on the solar magnetic field activities and write them down. They range from no activity, to moderate activity to high activity. At this time you can also visit the moon calender site and find out when the closest full moon cycle will occur (ghosts need energy to form. High solar fields and a full moon create higher than normal electromagnetic fields that tend to make spirits more active). Photographing during these events will give you a better chance at capturing ghostly phenomena. Please visit my links page for space weather and moon calender websites.

Step 2: On a sheet of paper write down the time, date, local weather conditions, barometric pressure, humidity and wind speed.

Step 3: Walk through your house and talk to your ghost. Explain to him/her that you know he/she is there and that you would like to take his/her picture. Yes...being polite also works on spirits. Remember that they were once mortal too.


Step 4: After each picture is taken write down some information such as which room the picture was taken, time of the photograph, temperature of the room at time of photo and any unusual feelings or noises.

Take film to a trusted photo-lab in your area and wait for the results. Note that sometimes pictures that don't seem to have anything on them can be the cause of paranormal phenomena. Eg. photos on two negatives, not on one of them, then photo on the next negative etc. Check your photos carefully as ghosts like to reflect off of windows and mirrors or travel high or low to the ground (they don't always show up in the centre of your photograph).



In this area I'll define three of the most common pieces of equipment other than the camera in an investigation as well as vocabulary used by ghosthunters but not necessarily needed to perform the tasks described on this page.
Digital Thermometer - Uses a laser light to acquire an accurate temperature reading from distances of up to 20 ft. Used in hard to get at areas (drops in temperature 10-40 degrees can be caused by paranormal activity).
Electromagnetic Field Detectors - are used to get readings of the electromagnetic field in an area being investigated. Unusually high spikes in the detector can (sometimes) verify the magnetic signatures of ghosts. This equipment is quite tricky and can give false readings. You will need some experience for it be used correctly to validate your haunting.

E.V.P.- Electronic Voice Phenomena or the use of any digital or electronic means to record the voices of spirits. Any type of recording device will work but digital creates less background noise (from the machine itself) than the standard cassette recorder. When trying to get e.v.p.'s leave gaps between your questions, this allows the entity appropriate time to respond.


Tips and Tricks in Taking
Good Ghost Pictures 

Experience is the best teacher...

On this page I'll include some of my tips and tricks I've learned while ghosthunting.

Please feel free to contribute your own tricks - I'll post the best ones so everyone can benefit from them.


Trick 1:

I usually get the best photographs
by staying near people with positive attitudes.   Spirits tend to interact
more with positive personalities than persons with negative attitudes. People with negative attitudes can influence and hinder investigations severely and should be avoided. If disbelievers require proof they should at least
enter each situation
with an open mind.

Trick 2:

Let the group you are with slowly pass you by, then take a photo of the group. Spirits like to observe  from  above  and behind
groups.  I usually capture something at about 20 feet away.

Trick 3:

When near the back of the group get your camera ready and shoot a quick picture from behind your head. Ghosts like to follow and will be expecting to move with you especially if they don't want to be photographed.

List of Tips

Tip 1:
No smoking on-site or drinking before or during investigation.

Tip 2:
Record weather conditions.

Tip 3:
Check equipment again before starting investigation.

Tip 4:
Remove any camera straps.

Tip 5:
Have extra batteries on hand.

Tip 6:
Keep accurate notes on-site for future analysis.

Tip 7: Never investigate alone. 

Tip # 1. More Info

Why Drinking and Ghost

Hunting... Don't Mix!


Cameras & Film

Throw away disposable cameras with a flash will work but I would recommend a more expensive camera as the quality of the picture tends to be better than disposable ones.

We use Kodak 400 speed for the best results. Any film brand will work but keep the speed at 400 as 800 speed film can tend to give you a grainy picture. 100-200 speed films also work but you will need a good quality flash and a lot more luck to get a spirit energy strong anough to be captured on lower speed films.
Any digital camera will work but some people seem to find that Sony cameras take the best ghost photos.

             Basic Equipment

Digital Thermometer

Electromagnetic Field Detector

E.V.P. - Digital Recorder


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