How To Shoot Ghost Hunting Photography
Camera Gear and Settings Information
When to Go: Anytime is fine, but traditionally the best results have been documented after 9 p.m. To save money, buy a regular light and a red silk flower and gorilla tape the flower over the light. Voila, a red light.
What to bring: Bring your tripod and your infrared filter along with your infrared illuminating light and your shutter release. Bring your driver’s license just in case the police question you. Be prepared for that. Be sure there aren’t any NO TRESPASSING signs where you are, and you should be okay. Here is a list of different things you can purchase for your ghost hunting photography adventures.
A DSLR Camera: Can be used for Ghost Hunting Photography but cannot see in the dark ultimately. You can use a red light to illuminate the area or bring a flashlight for focusing, and you can quickly obtain apparitions if you can stand the insidious invasion of the paranormal.
Full Spectrum Digital Camera: – Takes quality Full Spectrum photos and video. They have been professionally modified to accept deeper Ultraviolet (UV) and Infrared (IR) light to allow photos deep into the usually unseen spectrum of light. Best used with an external infrared light source.
Infrared (IR) Digital Camera: – Takes quality IR photos and video with the convenience and ease of a compact digital camera with a built-in infrared light source.
DSLR Camera Lens:
This is a wide-angle lens event, but you ideally need a lens with an open aperture, such as 2.8 or below. The higher-end cameras will allow you to go to a very high ISO with less noise, so they are ideal. If you don’t have a high camera, any camera will do. After all, we are not going for super high-quality images here. We are going for super high amounts of paranormal activity that we can document. As long as we get our evidence, it doesn’t always have to look pretty. You can see some of our lower-end camera images above are filled with grain, but we got what we were after.
Ghost Hunting Camera Settings
For basic DSLR Photography, our goal is capturing activity not necessarily, always super high quality, so that we will do a few things a little out of the ordinary.
- You must use a tripod when shooting in a dark area.
- Set your camera to manual mode.
- Put your camera on the 2-second timer, or use a cable release.
- Set your ISO very high for very dark locations. This lets more light into the camera. Set it much lower if you are outside and have some light sources such as the moon. You cannot shoot a DSLR in total darkness. You will need some light sources such as church light, a full moon, or red light in the back of a room. Set your ISO depending on how much light you have. Again, it’s not always about avoiding grain or digital noise here. ISO 100 for outdoors in graveyards with light. ISO 6400 for very dark areas or interiors.
- Set your aperture to the lowest it will go such (ex. 2.8) to let more light in if needed. If you need some depth of field, set the aperture a little higher. You cannot go too much higher in the darkness since the higher the number; the less light will come into the camera. Scroll your shutter speed until the meter reads center zero. You can take some test shots and adjust from there.
EMF Meters: Measure fluctuations in electromagnet fields (or EM fields). These fields directly result from electrical appliances in a home, cell phones, power lines outside, and even fluctuations in solar activity and weather. Beyond that, a primary theory in the paranormal world is that entities can manipulate these fields in their attempt to manifest themselves or interact with our world. When your meter goes off, do a long exposure on your tripod.
Focusing in the Dark
Now you are set. If you do not have enough light or if your camera will not focus, take a flashlight and light up a single subject in the picture. (Don’t blast light all over; you will disturb who it is you are there to find.) Put the focus point of the camera on the area you have lit up. When you see the camera has obtained focus and the two-second timer starts, turn your flashlight off. The camera will now take the shot. Set your camera to manual focus without touching the focus ring. Take several pictures without moving your camera. Every time you do different shots, you will have to refocus the same way again.
Another way to obtain focus in darker areas is to turn on live view. Hit your zoom button and zoom in on something lit. Expose your image. When you zoom in, the camera can see it better to grab focus.