Some Useful Information
Our investigations, research, and
even this webpage have brought us many questions,
some we have been able to answer, some we have not.
Here are some of the questions we have been able to
answer. Please keep in mind that these answers are
in no way meant to be definitive; they are based on
Can a ghost follow
In our experience, yes, a ghost can
theoretically follow you home from an investigation.
However, it is a fairly rare occurrence. It seems to
happen mostly when an individual is sensitive to the
needs of the ghost, perhaps wishing to help the
spirit. In which case, that individual would most
likely not be frightened by the spirit.
Where should I look
Instinct will usually help you with this one. The older
the building or area, the better chance it's haunted,
of course. That's only logical. But if you get an
instinctive feeling about a place, check up on its
history. Cemetaries are good places to start, the more
neglected the better, usually. However, always remember
to have the utmost respect for those who lie
within the bounds of any burial ground. Battlefields usually
produce some results. College campuses are often quite
active. A good source book to start
off with is "The National Directory of Haunted Places"
by Dennis William Hauck. It lists, state by state,
sites of hauntings, UFO sightings, and power.
Also, if you're wanting to get into ghost hunting
seriously, be prepared to do some research, interview
witnesses to phenomena, and generally do a LOT of work.
It's fine to just go to a cemetary and shoot photos,
but an investigation is just that--an investigation.
What is the best type
of camera and film to
use for photographing? All of our photographs
were taken with "point and shoot" models, using 400
speed, 200 speed, or Kodak Gold Max. (A few of the
older ones that have come into our possession were
taken with a Polaroid, but we don't use our Polaroid
on investigations.) 200 seems to be a little slow for
night shots, though. I'd recommend at least 400. We
don't use a professional camera, and don't necessarily advocate
the use of one by most people, for a simple reason: an
amateur using professional equipment is more likely
to be the cause of a film anomaly than an amateur using
a "point and shoot."
What about digital
cameras? NO. If you would like to read
our reasons for not using digital cameras or allowing
them on our investigations, please visit our page on
How do I know if I
have something? The first thing to do when
something comes back on your film is to think hard. Go
back over any notes you took during the photographing.
Were there lights in the background? Was it raining?
Foggy? Did someone's breath pass over the lens on a
cold night? Is it a camera strap, or a piece of hair?
If it can be ruled out that none of these is the case,
you may have something. Once you start taking pictures and looking at the pictures
others have taken, you'll begin to recognize what is
in fact natural phenomena, and what is not. If you
truly want to know for certain if the photograph is
unexplainable, you can ask to have the negatives and
prints analyzed by a developer.
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