* Orbs are most likely
going to be some sort of airborne debris, pollen, dust, etc.. so do get took
excited when you capture these on you camera
* no smoking at the
location, this can appear like mist on the photos so you don't want to
contaminate your evidence.
* Watch for dust or dirt being stirred up in the
area you are photographing. They can give false positive pictures.
All long hair should be tied back or under a hat, again this is to eliminate any
false positive pictures and to give the skeptics less ammunition.
Remove or tie up any camera straps so you don't take a picture of that, it looks
like a vortex when photographed.
* Don't bother with your cameras
viewfinder. Hold the camera out in front of you and aim at the area you want to
take a picture of. Many newer digital cameras do not even come with view
finders. This also helps in cold weather by keeping your camera away from your
* Watch for reflective surfaces and make notes of them. The
flash reflected off shiny surfaces such as windows, polished tombstones, etc.
can look light an orb or other anomaly. Make note of street lights and any
other light source that may appear on the film.
* Let fellow
investigators know when you are taking a photo so that you don't get double
flashes and the night scope operators can look away. If you think you have a
double flash photo or any other false positive, log the picture number so you
can exclude that photo from the batch when they are developed. Night scope
operators can get eye damage if they are looking at a flash through the scope so
this is important.
* In cold weather be conscious of your breath so
you don't photograph that, it'll look like ectoplasm mist. If you think you may
have, log that picture number and discard it when you develop the pictures.
* Many people like to ask the spirit if they can take their picture ,
it can't hurt.
* Take pictures anywhere and everywhere. If you feel
some thing or someone else does, take a picture. Did you think you saw
something, take a picture. Take photos whenever you get a positive readings on
any piece of equipment.
* Sometimes you will see an orb, mist or
sparkles in your flash or others flashes, take more pictures right there, you
may be near a spirit.
* You can set up stationary recorders and just let them run or you can walk
around with them. During audio recording, ask questions whether general ones or
one specific to a certain spirit. You can find a few ideas of question on or
near the gravestones (i.e. how did you die, ask who left flowers, who is the president or did you live here?)
* Make sure you view or listen to
the whole recording. EVPs are usually not heard at the time of recording but
are heard only after the tape is reviewed.
* Review notes where you
should have recorded any normal sounds as well as unexplained ones (dogs
barking, cars, etc.) This way you can tell what a sound is that wasn't heard by
you at the time but is now on the tape.