• Always ask the spirits of the dead for permission to take their photos or to record their voices
• Respect posted property, ask permission, and do not trespass.
• Always conduct your investigations in a professional manner.
• Show reverence and respect in cemeteries, battlefields, historic sites, etc.
• No running or horse play in cemeteries or historical sites.
• Positive mental attitude is very important for all investigations
• Skeptical minds will generate negative energy during an investigation. Do not bring along skeptics or those who are negative or
want proof that ghosts exist.
• Follow the lunar cycles and solar storms for conducting investigations for best results. Paranormal events occur during peak
geomagnetic field conditions.
• Do not take photographs during adverse weather conditions, such as rain, mist, fog, snow, windy, or dusty conditions.
• Remove or wear the camera strap so it does not hang loose.
• Take photos of dust particles, pollen, moisture droplets to see how your camera records these kinds of orbs.
• An orb is not special or unique. An orb is only a description of shape. Most common orbs are airborne dust particles. Multiple
orbs in photos are almost always dust particles, never spirits.
• Do not take photos from moving vehicles on dusty roads.
• Do not take photos while walking on dusty roads.
• Remove all dust, spots, fingerprints from camera lens.
• Remove or wear the camera strap so it does not hang loose.
• Avoid shooting into the sun and avoid reflective or shinny surfaces.
• Keep fingers away from the lens of the camera.
• Keep long hair away from the lens of the camera.
• Avoid shooting when foreign objects are floating near camera.
• Compare anomalous prints with negatives for confirmation.
• Flash is only good for 9-12 feet from camera so focus on that range.
• Always use fresh audio tapes for tape recordings.
• If digital, record in one or two minute tracks.
• After twenty minutes, the spirits will get bored, no need to record longer in one area.
• Do not rub the side of the recorder while recording nor walk while recording. Stand still to record.
• We do not consider Ouija boards, dowsing rods, pendants or séances valid investigation tools.
• No smoking, drugs or drinking during an investigation.
• If someone is angry, they should not be involved with an investigation. They will draw angry spirits and the other spirits will
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Guidelines & Tips
Rules to live by
Tips from the pros
NEVER go alone!!!!!! A lot of common haunted places include cemeteries and old buildings which are well off of the beaten path. You need at least
one other person with you so you don’t get lost, and also so you have someone there to help in case you get injured. It’s also a good idea to carry a
first aid kit. Never go into an abandoned building without permission from the building’s owner. If you enter an abandoned building without
permission it is considered trespassing and you could go to jail! Use a 35mm camera with 400 speed film and / or a digital camera to take photos of
ghosts (and other interesting things you might find!). Use a cassette recorder, a micro cassette recorder, or a digital recorder to record ghostly sounds.
Don’t litter or take anything from the place you’re exploring! Most important tip: HAVE AN OPEN MIND AND HAVE FUN!
There are several places you can find ghosts:
- Historical places/museums
- Your own backyard!
You can learn about well-known haunted places by reading books or visiting websites about the city / state you live in.
Here are some helpful tips for capturing ghosts on film! Don’t take photos during rain or snow storms - rain drops or snowflakes may get on the
camera lens and look like orbs! Make sure your camera lens is clean - fingerprints or dust may also look like orbs. If the same ghostly image shows
up in the same spot on all of your photos, chances are it is dust on the lens rather than a ghost. Keep your fingers away from the camera lens when
taking photos, a finger in the corner of a photo often looks like a ghost! Tie back hair, a loose hair in front of the lens is often mistaken for a ghost,
too. Don’t smoke on investigations. Smoke may also show up in the photos and discredit any ghostly images. Also, smoking can be a fire hazard in
cemeteries or old buildings. Avoid photographing glass or mirrors - they cause too much reflection, especially when the camera’s flash is used. Avoid
taking photos of direct sunlight, this causes lens flare. Take photos in areas where you get a strange feeling or experience any ghostly activity (when
you feel cold spots or smell any strange smells, etc). Use your flash at night - or if your camera has a night vision option, use that instead. Take
multiple photos of the same area - the more photos you take, the more likely it is that you will capture a ghost on film! Ask the ghosts’ permission to
take their picture - several people think this is the key to successful ghost photos!
Audio recording tips
Where to go, basic gear, and pairing up
Recording ghostly voices or sounds is known as EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena). Sometimes the sounds come across very loud, and other times
the sounds are very faint and you have to listen very closely to hear them. Sometimes the ghosts don’t speak, they just moan or make other noises.
And sometimes the ghosts even speak in foreign languages!
Ask the ghost(s) questions. You probably won’t hear the answer to your question until you play the tape back, so pause before asking the next
Here is some advice for recording EVP:
Use either a cassette recorder, micro cassette recorder, or digital recorder. Use the highest possible recording level to get the best results. Some
people recommend using an external microphone. This helps reduce sound caused by the tape when using either a cassette or micro cassette recorder.
At the beginning of the recording, state the date, time, and location you’re at. This is very important if you have multiple tapes of recordings, it will
keep you from getting the tapes confused! Ask the ghost simple questions. Ask one question at a time. Don’t talk or whisper when you’re trying to
record an answer - your voice may cover up the EVP! Use headphones when listening to the recording. Some EVP's are very faint, and wearing
headphones helps you hear the faint sounds better.