We would like to bring as much truth to the profession as possible. One of the most important pieces of evidence is photos. But it is also one of the most misconstrued.
The more fake photos that pop up on the internet, the worst it makes the professionals look. There are already many skeptics in this field, and posting a lot of fake, false-positive or non-paranormal images on the internet makes the research of professional, dedicated groups less credible. Here are some tips to make sure your evidence is true and credible.
Most people in search of paranormal activity take the photos at night and require the use of a flash, which is the culprit so to speak. This is usually easy to spot due to its undeniable characteristics.
What happens is that the flash is reflected off an object, producing many circular bursts of varying intensity. 2) Refraction of moisture
This is a very common capture in outdoor investigations. This is simply the flash refracting on the moisture. These are usually irregular shapes and will vary in contrast or transparency. They are easily mistaken for paranormal orbs. 3) Refraction of Dust
These are most common in buildings, and more so in older ones that are unoccupied. These very fine particles aren't visible to the eye alone. What happens here is simply that the flash refracts off the particle, usually producing a perfect circle. They are very easily mistaken for paranormal due to their close resemblance.
Well, we use one very simple tool that you always have with you: a flashlight. What we do at times when we see orbs on our digital camera monitor is to simply shine the flashlight in the exact line of path the photo was taken. If you see fine particles floating in your flashlight beam then chances are you have captured one of the natural orbs. If you're using a video camera with the built-in light, you can do the same. If you see orbs floating by the camera monitor while your filming then just look at the path of the camera light; you can almost always see the moisture or dust particles floating through the beam of the camera light.
Open your photo with an editing program, such as Photoshop, and zoom in to where the orb is. If it's real you'll be able to see these 3 elements. Keep in mind though, 99% of all orbs captured are not paranormal. If it looks like a cell under a microscope, it's not paranormal.
Avoid this by not allowing any of your investigators to smoke during an investigation. This includes you as well.
There are many photos with these circulating around the web. The problem is that 99% of them all are just camera abnormalities. The usual cause is either a hair on the lens or a camera strap in the way. They can be all different colors and shapes and can even appear to have a wave pattern to them. I've never seen an energy rod that couldn't be explained. This is one phenomena that I personally do not believe in.