Best Paranormal Photo Tips

Karen Frazier
Possible paranormal vapor caught in a photo

What is the best paranormal photo you have ever seen? It was probably something that caused you to stop and really think. The Internet is full of paranormal photographs ranging from pictures of what may be ghosts to pictures of dead animals believed to be the cryptid known as El Chupacabra.

What Makes a Photo Paranormal?

Before you can determine which paranormal photo is best, it needs to be determined what makes a photograph paranormal. Unfortunately, the answer to this question is highly subjective since many may find that even the best photo may not actually be paranormal at all.

If that's the case, how can you tell that a photo is paranormal? Unfortunately, you can't really ever know for sure. You should keep the following in mind when evaluating paranormal photographs:

  • Read the story behind the photograph. Does it raise questions in your mind? Could it be an urban legend?
  • Are there other, more logical explanations for what you are seeing in the photo? What are they?
  • Does the photograph look authentic, or is it possible that it has been altered using a photo editing program like Adobe Photoshop?
  • Is it a picture of an orb? Most orb pictures can be attributed to dust, bugs, atmospheric conditions or effects from use of a flash.
  • Could what you are seeing in the photograph be some other type of artifact? For instance, if it is cold and the photographer breathes while taking the picture, a mist will form. Camera straps can look like ghostly figures, and bugs flying past a flash can look like rods.
  • There is something called matrixing that all human beings do. Humans have a tendency to look at random information and turn it into something recognizable such as a face or a human form. This is why so many paranormal photos may appear to have something in them that is really just a random shape.

Where to Find the Best Paranormal Photo

There are a number of websites that have paranormal photographs. Keep in mind some of the questions above while you view photographs that others believe are paranormal.

Paranormal websites with photos:

  • Ghost Research has a large collection of photographs believed to be paranormal, including a nice section of fake paranormal photos.
  • Ghost Study has what is billed as "The biggest free ghost photo site on the web". Browse the galleries with a critical eye, and you just might find the best paranormal photo you've ever seen.
  • Angel Ghosts has a gallery of some of the most famous paranormal photographs ever taken.

Taking Your Own Paranormal Photographs

Possible orb caught on camera

If you've been inspired by what you've seen and would like to go out and take your own photographs of paranormal activity, here are a few tips.

  • Visit a location where paranormal activity has been reported. Try to go at a time when there aren't very many people present. If private property get permission.
  • Use a tripod to minimize movement while the picture is being taken.
  • If it is cold or you are outdoors, take a deep breath and hold it just before taking the photograph to minimize the possibility of mist from your breath.
  • If you are outdoors, make note of the atmospheric conditions. Is it raining? Are there bugs flying around? Use your notes to rule out possible causes of any images you capture.
  • Only use a flash if it is absolutely necessary. If you do use a flash, make note of any reflective surfaces that might cause anomalies in the photograph.
  • Make sure there is nothing blocking your lens like your finger or camera strap before taking the picture.
  • Use a lens cloth to clean the camera lens prior to snapping your photograph.
  • If you are using a digital camera, use the highest resolution camera you can afford.
  • If your camera has a night shot feature and it is approaching dark, use it.
  • Always try to snap a succession of pictures. In that way, you can show a before and after if something appears in one of your photos.
  • If you have long hair, tie it back so that a stray hair won't have you thinking you saw a ghost.
  • Never point your camera at a light source. This leads to lens flare that can show up as a ghost on camera.
  • Don't take pictures if it is foggy, windy, rainy or excessively dusty. All of these conditions can cause anomalous photographs.
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