Cameras are an essential part of ghost hunting. Photographs might reveal such things as orbs, lights, and other objects that are not typically seen with the naked eye. While there may be natural explanations for many occurrences of shadows, lights, and orbs, it is important to do your due diligence to help determine if what you captured may actually be evidence of something paranormal. There are a number of ways to go about doing this and below are a few strategies. First though, it is important to get familiar with the types of cameras that are out there, their capabilities as they relate to ghost hunting, and how to go about using them to help gather the evidence you are looking for.
Film cameras, such as 35mm and others have long been the instrument of choice when it comes to photographing potential haunted sites for images of ghosts and spirits. For ghost hunting, some experts recommend that your film camera be 400 speed or higher. The main advantages these cameras will have are that they provide a quality, real film photograph of the environment. The negative copy can also help in determining if there are other possible explanations for anomalies in a photo. For example, photographic researchers can often determine if a photograph was faked or altered, as well as if there was a physical defect with the film that might have caused something to appear "other worldly". Regular cameras are excellent tools to bring with you on a hunt, but the down side is that you will need to wait until after you are completed with the hunt to view any photographic evidence you might have gathered. Still, they can be solid, reliable sources for gathering hard, physical pictures, on a tangible piece of film.
Digital cameras can also be useful tools on your ghost hunting expeditions. Unlike film cameras, there is no waiting time necessary to see what evidence was captured. The downside is that digital photographs are much easier to alter and fake, and there is no physical piece of film to compare the end photo against. They make great temporary tools though for getting a picture of the immediate environment. For example, if you notice orbs and other light sources showing up in your digital photos, then it may be helpful to then use your other tools such as film cameras, video equipment, and EMF gear to further investigate a "hot spot" of activity. If you just need evidence for yourself and are not trying to provide tangible proof to others, a good digital camera, may be the only kind you will need. When choosing a digital camera, preference should be given to ones that are of at least 5 megapixels in resolution or higher.
While other people have also had success capturing anomalies on disposable cameras and Polaroids, professional film and digital cameras are usually the most popular of tools. Besides, they are tools that you most likely already have and can begin using right away. More information about video cameras, infrared, and night vision are covered in the other sections from the side menu. These can also be helpful tools in your hunt.
Photo Editing Software
With digital cameras, it is also helpful to find a good piece of photo editing software for when you go through and review the photographs you took later. The advantages these programs can provide are that they can help you to better inspect an anomaly. Oftentimes, it helps to increase the size of a picture and zoom in to get a closer look. Additionally, it may be helpful to lighten or darken the image to give prominence to certain features within a given anomaly. You should not alter or change the actual piece of evidence itself though as that defeats the purpose of gathering hard evidence to begin with. There is a fine line between enhancing an image for a clearer look and altering the structure of the image itself. To be objective and scientific for means of providing proof, you should always make note of when any changes were made to a photo, including zooming in or just lightening and darkening. While there are professional photo editing programs that can cost several hundred dollars each, there are also a number of free photo editing programs available that should do all that you'll need. Many of the free photo editing programs are available for download online at download.com. A couple suggested free photo editing programs would be either GIMP or PhotoScape.
Ghost Hunting Store - Film and Digital Cameras
If you don't already have a good quality camera (film camera of 400 speed or higher) or a digital camera (5MP or higher) then you should be able to find one at any local electronics store. For the more advanced video equipment like infrared and night vision, be sure to check out TheGhostHunterStore.com.