See which 5 ghost hunting tactics Ghostly Activities will use more often in 2019. Get the scoop after the jump.
I’ve learned a lot over the past year. As a new year approaches, here are 5 things I’ll use on my ghost hunts (or analyzing data) in 2019.
In 2018, I invested heavily in video equipment. When I go on ghost hunts now, I bring 3 or more camcorders with me. Video is the language of the Web. If you can’t put the clip online for your peers, curiosity seekers and skeptics to review and reply, then everything you captured and experienced is just fiction for the masses.
So, what do I mean by that? If you don’t have something to show (or hear) for critical review, your encounter would be considered a ghost story by many skeptics and curiosity seekers. It’s about as provable as a Halloween tale.
You don’t have to spend a bunch of money on camcorders. Heck, you can even use your phone or tablet to record. I think it’s just important to document what happened before, during, and right after your ghostly encounter. That’s the bit to put online. Keep the full file to send to reviewers, if requested.
If we investigate to prove ghosts exists, then video is probably the best way to do it. It provides visual and audio elements as well as the context for the evidence. Then other investigators could try to replicate the encounter and build a collection of evidence. The more evidence we have, the more likely we can prove the existence of ghosts.
That’s my objective when I investigate.
I was a naysayer on white noise for the longest time. And then I realized I wrongly used it. Now, I’m not talking about an ITC device like a SB-7 or SB-11: I recommend using a white noise generator like you use to fall asleep. The device shouldn’t drown out background noise. It’s a ‘soft’ white noise.
At the end of 2018, I captured increased ghostly engagement using white noise. That means activity with gadgets, like Boo Buddies and Mel meters, happened more often. I didn’t get the ghost to talk to me through the white noise. You’d still need to run an EVP session for that or use a spirit box.
So…this could be controversial…I’m not going to use as much infrared and full-spectrum light in 2019. Over the past year, I’ve captured better evidence with natural (or LED) light, like the Spooked In Seattle ghost hunt. I captured the shadow walk in front of the video camera and block out visible light, but the infrared light didn’t.
And let’s be real: The best recorded evidence of ghost encounters happened with normal lighting and seen with the unaided eye.
Most of my ghost hunting cameras include infrared and/or full-spectrum, but 2 of them are normal light. I kinda like this new approach because I can save some cash using standard light.
Live Listening During EVP Sessions
In 2019, I’ll listen for ghostly responses during my EVP sessions. I think this is important to debunk any false EVPs in real-time, and save some resources during the audio review. Then, you can just say ‘Tag!’ on the recording for further analysis. Live listening also means you’ll go look for the cause of the false EVP. At least, you could have another investigator looking to find the source.
I’ve covered this a big more under my post on getting better EVP evidence, so I’ll stop here.
Less Audio Manipulation
Since I’ve prattled about EVP collection, here’s something else I’ll start doing in 2019: I won’t use much audio manipulation.
That means, when I crack open Audacity to analyze an EVP session, I’ll just use noise reduction to take out the ambient noise that most audio recorders pick up. If the EVP isn’t strong enough to be heard with that, then it’s not strong enough to post online.
On second thought, I’ll probably use normalize here-and-there.
2018 was a great year for ghost hunting and interest in the paranormal. There’s been new shows on TV, more skeptical books have been published, and more video encounters published. I’ve learned a few things that I’ll use in 2019 for better evidence collection. Let me know what you plan to do with your teams in the Comments below.
Happy New Year!
Jacob ‘Jake’ Rice has always loved ghosts and scary stories. When he’s not being a tech nerd for work, he’s the gadget guy on the team. He hunts ghosts, spirits and other paranormal entities in Seattle and the Puget Sound area.