Paranormal Photographs-Top Tips

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Here are some top tips for your paranormal photography


If you are serious about capturing entities on film, there are many basics that paranormal photographers should be aware of in order to increase the chances of a great photograph. I’ve included top tips. Like everything else, time, dedication and patience is mandatory. After looking into what experienced photographers had to say, I put together a listing of advice and recommendations to follow for more success with your paranormal photography. If you have a special technique that you do not read here, please leave me a comment below. Thanks.

Darkness and light is important for your paranormal photography

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  • Ghosts do not always show up on film even though they may be present.
  • It’s better to take photographs at night.
  • Most cameras will give you the results you seek.
  • Digital cameras are recommended because you see the results immediately.
  • The one drawback to digital cameras is that there is no negative and you may be accused of enhancing a photo.
  • Most photographers recommend that a ghost hunter bring both a digital and 35mm camera to investigations.
  • 400 film is recommended for use in 35mm cameras.
  • Ghosts are everywhere so do not assume you must only photograph in old buildings and cemeteries.
  • Always have something in your background to add quality to your photograph. (i.e. tree, building, tombstone)
Be sure to set the right mood with your paranormal photography

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  • Be professional in your approach.
  • Take a ton of photographs: at least 50 is recommended.
  • Never take photographs through a glass window because shapes will be created that are really not there.
  • Avoid shinny surfaces when taking photos because this causes anomalies to appear.
  • Keep your hair pulled back and away from your face when you are taking photographs.
  • Do not smoke when you are taking photographs.
  • Keep all of your camera equipment cleaned at all times, especially the lens.
  • Make sure you know where the lens cover and strap are so the photograph is not altered.
  • Keep your fingers clear from the photographs you are taking.
  • Do not take photographs in the wind, rain, fog, extremely dusty areas or when it is snowing. All of these conditions will produce orbs and other anomalies.
  • Exhaled breath in cold weather will alter photographic results.
  • Avoid mirrors and do not take photographs of them.
  • Talk to spirits and let them know why you are there and invite them to participate. Thank them.
  • Always say goodbye to spirits so that they do not follow you home.
  • Do not take photographs in the direction of the sun otherwise you will end up with lens flair.
  • Avoid taking photographs directly into any light source.
Paranormal photography has many special features

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  • The best time of year for capturing ghostly images is from October through February because it is believed that the electrostatic energy is at the highest level. Orbs do not fall into this time period.
  • Remember the limitations of your flash and distance capabilities.
  • Review your photographs several times because you may have missed a capture.
  • Do not go hunting for evil spirits. The reasons are obvious.
  • Trust your gut feelings about an area.
  • Quite often ghost energy will appear in the air from two to ten feet above the ground.
  • In buildings, entities can appear at any level and at any height.
  • Take random shots up above you.
  • Include people in your photos as this attracts ghosts.
  • Ghosts will follow you around.
  • Snap photographs behind you with the camera on your shoulder.
  • Always be respectful of your surroundings.
always be respectful of your surrounding with paranormal locations and photography.

Talking, MorgueFile photography

  The Best Places to Take Photographs

  • Historic sections of cities
  • Churches
  • Schoolhouses
  • Theaters
  • Cemeteries
  • Hotels
  • Hospitals
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Old buildings
  • Libraries
  • Train stations
  • Bridges
  • Farmhouses

Wouldn’t it be great if we were not bombarded with fake photos. For those of us who have had true experiences, altered photographs cheapens the study of the paranormal. Here is a video of supposedly authenticated ghost photos. I believe a few are real and clearly, others are not. What are your thoughts?

Thank you for stopping by and have fun with your paranormal photo taking journey!

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  1. Tiffany Locke

    Making sure to keep all of your camera equipment cleaned at all times, especially the lens is good advice. Making sure to properly care for your equipment and keep it in good condition would be a great way to make sure it is able to catch any paranormal activity you spot. I would imagine that these tips would work well for taking paranormal videos as well as photography.

    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Great suggestion!

  2. LaVerne

    Makes you think.

    1. Donna

      Yes, it certainly does. There are many photographs out there…just not sure what’s real.

  3. Casey

    Spooky videos! Thanks for creating this website to share with us all.

    1. Donna

      Hi Casey,
      I am so glad you enjoyed the video. Thanks for the comment.


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