Paranormal Equipment: Digital Still Cameras
General Information About Using A Digital Camera On Paranormal InvestigationsThere are many types of digital cameras out there, and we are not going to dictate what cameras people use on hunts (though we’ll highlight some of our choices within this lens along with other equipment we use on a regular basis). That being said, cameras must be capable of taking pictures with a degree of resolution that enables close-up review of any pictures which may contain items of interest.
Cameras should also be of a type that can be downloaded to a computer for sharing. You are going to want more than one set of eyes during the review process.
Photos should be taken on an ongoing basis during an investigation to allow study of before and after photos should an anomaly occur. This means – in plain English – take lots of photos!
If you are working in low-light situations, announce “Flash” prior to snapping the picture so team members can close their eyes for a second or two so they don’t lose their night vision. If your group is also working with a video camera, your verbal announcement will also be recorded to alert you to explainable flashes of light during review of the video portions of your ghost hunt.
Don’t limit your picture taking to a particular height or position – get ceilings, floors, doors, etc.
Are you getting the idea? Lots of photos! Even if you don’t see anything with the naked eye, many times, upon review, more may be revealed later – but only if you snap freely. Photos can always be deleted if they contain nothing of interest.
As a general rule with digital photos, more is better; and don’t limit yourself to the inside of a property. Try to cover every angle of the exterior of the building plus views of the property both looking out and looking in.
If there is a large piece of land surrounding the building, don’t forget to take pictures out there and of any outbuildings, garages and vehicles. You never know what is going to turn up.
If your camera comes with a strap, make sure it is not in front of the lens when you snap your shots. Straps, thumbs, loose long hair and/or the back of someone’s head could potentially obstruct an interesting photo, be mistaken for paranormal presence or activity, and at the least will make the photo mostly useless.
General Specs for Cameras: Minimum 10 megapixel with removable SD card for easy sharing.